We regularly have this chicken dish as part of an Indian inspired meal, I like to serve it with black dhal and broccoli or broccolini cooked with whole spices.
Leftovers are fantastic stuffed in pitta bread and sliced through a green salad.
Don’t throw the bones out! They make a fantastic stock with a hint of spice, ideal for curried parsnip and carrot soup.
2 whole chickens, around 1.6kgs each
2 lemons, juiced
500mls natural yoghurt
100g raw cashew nuts
2 medium onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
60g fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder
2 tablespoons garam masala
Combine all the ingredients except the chicken in a food processor and process to form a thick paste.
Take each chicken and score the breast 3-4 times and the thighs 2-3 times. Place in a roasting tin.
Pour the paste over and ensure the outside and cavity of the bird have been covered.
Allow to sit in the fridge for 4-24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 160degrees Centigrade.
Take a large piece of baking parchment, big enough to cover both chooks and to be tucked in at the sides.
Scrunch up the baking parchment under running water and then stretch back out over the chickens, tucking in the ends.
Cover with a large piece of tin foil, ensure there is a complete seal around the tin.
Bake in the oven for 3 hours.
Turn the oven up to 180 degrees Centigrade.
Remove the foil and paper, baste the chickens with the pan juice, return to the oven.
Bake for a further hour, basting regularly.
Remove from the oven and allow to sit, covered, for 15-20mins.
Serve warm or at room temperature. I like to take all the meat off the bones and chop it roughly with the pan juices poured over the top.