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Spicy Chicken Legs with Cashew and Coconut Sauce

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A super-easy meal the whole family will enjoy, this spicy chicken and pumpkin traybake is worth adding to your weekday menu. Chicken and pumpkin are a winning dinner combo. They go well together with this cashew nut and coconut sauce in the traybake. Serve with hot steamed rice, crispy fried potatoes, or flatbreads.

Spice PasteChicken
  • 50 g Roasted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup Coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp Sambal olek
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 3 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 180 ml Chicken stock or water
  • 4 Whole chicken legs
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Large brown onion, cut into 8 wedges through the root
  • 4 Long red chillies
  • 1 kg Butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into small wedges
  • Sea salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated coconut, toasted (to serve)
  • 50 g Roasted, salted cashew nuts, roughly chopped (to serve)
  • Fresh cilantro (to garnish)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Place all the ingredients, except the water, for the spice paste, in a food processor and blitz until well chopped but not totally smooth. Add the water and pulse to combine.
  2. Season the chicken legs with salt. Combine the spices in a bowl then sprinkle all over the chicken so it is well coated.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-low heat and brown the chicken on both sides. Take your time doing this so the spices won't burn in the pan. Place on a large baking tray along with the onion, chillies and pumpkin. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the spice paste to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often until fragrant. Season with salt then pour over the chicken and vegetables.
  5. Roast for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Combine the coconut and cashews and sprinkle over the top, serving the rest separately. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Lola Martínez 12/3/24 14:10

Yo no les pondría mucho picante y a lo mejor alguna especia menos, pero todo lo demás me parece perfecto para conseguir una carne sabrosa y bien cocinada.

Jeff the Chef 12/3/24 14:33

I've never had chicken with pumpkin. And I love anything spicy!

Brian's Home Blog 12/3/24 14:42

WOW, I'll bet that is so good with all those fabulous flavors!

Daniela 12/3/24 14:54

wow deve essere gustoso :) Complimenti!

Tom 12/3/24 15:21

...we love chicken, this would be great to try.

eileeninmd 12/3/24 15:42

Sounds tasty so many delicious flavors. Take care, have a great day!

Anne in the kitchen 12/3/24 16:17

This sounds so good. I am going to have to bookmark this for a future meal.

DeniseinVA 12/3/24 16:33

A wonderful recipe. We have a bottle of Sambal olek in our fridge, but not sure where I can get coconut sugar from. I'll check more thoroughly at the supermarket next time I go there. Thanks Angie, you brighten my cooking days with these delicious dishes.

JoAnna 12/3/24 16:48

This cashew and coconut sauce really interested me.

Granny Sue 12/3/24 17:45

I have never heard of Sambal Olek or coconut sugar! So many interesting flavors in this world and so many I have never tried.

Anonymous 12/3/24 17:56

Yummy -Christine

foodtravelandwine 12/3/24 17:58

Wow!....I love that cashew and coconut sauce....and the spices!!....fantastic combination!!......Abrazotes, Marcela

DEZMOND 12/3/24 19:43

I do ever so love me cashews, I actually saved some for tonight to nibble on while watching a new episode of my current series.

roentare 12/3/24 21:31

That is so good to look at and eat

Królowa Karo 12/3/24 21:58

I love chicken! I have to taste it!

Citu 12/3/24 23:51

Gracias por la receta. Tomó nota. Te mando un beso.

Melanie 13/3/24 02:03

I am a big pumpkin and chicken lover, so this sounds really yummy!

Rainbow Evening 13/3/24 07:13

coconut makes foods have good smell and tasty.... yummy

Mbul Kecil 13/3/24 09:04

Yummy....chicken leg is a part of chicken that i love....they are so juicy...and chasew nut make it be perfect...

Rose world 13/3/24 11:05

That looked good and appetizing dish. Chicken leg is the best part, I like that.

David 13/3/24 16:14

Angie, Great looking chicken entree! I love butternut squash as well. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Emma Loabez 13/3/24 18:35

Hello Angie! A delicious spicy chicken, with a garnish enriched with nuts.
Happy afternoon.😘

Pam 13/3/24 18:41

Such a great combination of flavors. Yum!

savorthebest 13/3/24 20:57

That looks so good Angie!

Cooking Julia 13/3/24 23:31

This colorful dish looks great!

Raymund | 14/3/24 03:08

This spicy chicken and pumpkin traybake recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I love the combination of flavors from the cashew nut and coconut sauce, along with the heat from the sambal olek and spices. Really delish!

Jyoti 14/3/24 08:28

This dish looks super delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 14/3/24 23:24

Wow, this chicken looks and sounds phenomenal! And cashews and coconut make such wonderful additions.

sherry 17/3/24 22:46

I love a chicken traybake, and pumpkin goes so well with chicken. Great flavours here! You can't go wrong with ginger and garlic and chillies!

The-FoodTrotter 19/3/24 14:42

I love this recipe so much, the mix of flavours is so peculiar but seems so tasty at the last time! I should try ASAP (and buy sambal olek ASAP too ^^)

Anonymous 30/3/24 22:33

Another beautiful chicken dish. I love tray bakes as they are so simple and so flavorful. I am so glad you use sambal oelek. It’s one of my favorite chili paste, and it’s so versatile. The cashew in coconut sound absolutely luxurious. David (C&L)


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