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RECIPES | Easy chicken dishes to make for Easter, Passover or Ramadan

A trio of quick chicken recipes for the holiday weekend

14 April 2022 - 10:41
Delicious dishes for the long weekend.
Delicious dishes for the long weekend.
Image: Ryno

It's a particularly busy time for cooks with Easter upon us, the Jewish celebration of Passover starting on Friday evening and, for Muslims, this weekend being the halfway mark for Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Central to these festivals is food and here are three chicken dishes that don't mean hours in the kitchen.

CHICKEN PLUM CAKES

Chicken plum cakes.
Chicken plum cakes.
Image: Ryno

So quick and easy to put together, great for breaking the fast and they make a quick and filling snack or a good light meal.

Ingredients:

500g chicken mince

1 small red chilli, seeded and chopped

2 cloves of garlic

A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

30ml (2 tbsp) soy or Worcestershire sauce

125ml (½ cup) coconut milk

2-3 spring onions, finely chopped

To serve:

Sweet chilli sauce

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Combine the chicken, chilli, garlic, coriander, soy sauce, coconut milk and spring onion together in a bowl.
  3. Divide the mixture into a 12-pan muffin tray sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until cooked through. Serve warm with sweet chilli sauce on the side for dipping.
Thai chicken drumsticks.
Thai chicken drumsticks.
Image: Ryno

THAI-STYLE DRUMSTICKS

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

Marinade:

30-45ml (2-3 tbsp) red curry paste

1 x 400g can coconut milk

45ml (3 tbsp) lime or lemon juice

25ml soy sauce

1 clove of garlic, crushed

2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated

15ml (1 tbsp) sesame or sunflower oil

1 bunch of coriander, finely chopped

12 chicken drumsticks — cut three diagonal slits into each on the thickest part

Method:

  1. For the marinade mix together the curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, oil and coriander in a rectangular dish. Place the drumsticks in the marinade and stand for at least 15 minutes, turning halfway. This step can be done ahead, like the night before, then cover and refrigerate till needed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. If the chicken has been marinated in the fridge, remove from the fridge 15 minutes before cooking and take off the cover. Place the marinated chicken in the dish in the oven and roast for 45—60 minutes, turning once or twice during cooking.
  3. Serve with rice and a salad.
Ginger chicken casserole.
Ginger chicken casserole.
Image: Ryno

ONE POT GINGER CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Serves: 6

A large packet of ready-peeled and cubed sweet potato or instead a mix of ready-prepared vegetables will make for a speedy supper dish.

Ingredients:

(½ tbsp) vegetable oil.

1.5kg chicken pieces

1 large red or white onion, chopped

1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed

4cm piece of fresh ginger, grated

1 each red and yellow pepper, seeded and chopped

500g sweet potatoes, cubed or sliced

500ml (2 cups) ginger ale or ginger beer

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C. In a large ovenproof saucepan preheat the oil and brown the chicken portions on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan fry the onion, garlic and ginger together. Add the peppers and sweet potatoes and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan, pour over the ginger ale or ginger beer and season generously.
  4. Bake uncovered for 60 minutes, turning the chicken a couple of times.

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Delicious dishes for the long weekend.
Delicious dishes for the long weekend.
Image: Ryno
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