Life has gotten really really busy and I’m finding it increasingly hard to find time to cook and blog about it, since I went back to work. Evenings are a blur of activity and I find myself in bed snoozing, around the same time as my toddler. Weekends are spent catching up with friends and being out or doing chores and getting ready for the week. Not complaining about any of it, except of course about not finding enough time to blog and not spending enough time with my buttercup, not in that order though!
Keeping this one short, since my little one is only going to snack for so long, this cumin spiced chicken recipe is delicious and super easy to make.
The chicken needs to be marinated for an hour at least. You could marinate it for longer if you have the time! I haven’t been the most organized person lately so I just marinated it for an hour, while I prepped the salad and played with my little one.
Cumin Spiced Chicken:
Chicken legs – 4 (Skinless, with bone)
Chicken breasts – 2 (Cut in three pieces each)
Ground cumin: 3 teaspoons
Ground nutmeg: 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder: 1.5 teaspoon
Salt: 1 teaspoon (Or to taste)
Paprika: 1/2 teaspoon (Or to taste)
Lemon juice: 2 tablespoons
Olive oil: 4 tablespoons
Garlic: 1 teaspoon (Minced)
Mix all the ingredients and rub over the chicken and refrigerate.
Marinate chicken for at least an hour (Or maximum over night)
Preheat oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit ( 215 degrees Celsius) and line a baking tray with foil.
Place chicken on the tray and place tray in oven on the middle rack for 30 minutes, turning the chicken over after 15 minutes.
At the end of the 30 minutes, set oven to broil and place tray on top rack for 10 minutes, turning chicken over after 5 minutes.
Splash on some freshly squeezed lemon juice and serve hot!
Alternatively, you could cook grill the chicken in the barbecue. That was my plan initially but due to unexpected rain, I had to cook the chicken in the oven. Make sure chicken is cooked through and has a nice grill to it. This chicken is the perfect meal with this Apple and Beetroot summer salad. Let me know what you think of it!
It’s been a really hot summer so far, but whose complaining? I would take summer any day over the almost six months long Canadian winter! Summer in Canada is synonymous with being outdoors – camping and hiking, barbecues and patios, salads and cocktails! What’s better on a hot summer day than a quick, easy to fix salad, to beat the heat? This really simple, apple and beetroot salad, spiced with mint and a lemon vinaigrette is so refreshing and is a perfect side for your grilled chicken! I paired this with some yumm Cumin spiced chicken. Recipe for the chicken is on the blog now!
I call it a Matchstick salad, because I slice the apples and beetroots thin and long, like matchsticks.
The apples add a nice sweetness and the beets add an earthiness to the otherwise tangy salad and the mint renders it a refreshing burst of flavor! Mint has plenty of health benefits apart from being able to add zing to a drink or meal! Adding some crumbled feta is optional. Feta gives it that savory flavor that some people prefer (to the sweetness of the beetroot and apple). I like mine both ways! I also like to marinate the sliced beetroot in lemon juice for a couple of hours, so they get to soak in the flavor of the lemon! Here’s the recipe:
Apple and Beetroot Matchstick salad
Prep Time: 1 hour
Apple: 1 – medium (Sliced like matchsticks)
Beetroot: 1 – medium (Sliced like matchsticks)
Lemon juice: 3 tablespoons
Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
Crushed black pepper: To taste
Feta (Optional): 1/4 cup (Crumbled)
Pecans (Optional): 1/8 cup (Roughly chopped)
Fresh Mint: 1/4 cup (Chopped)
Marinate the sliced beetroot in 1 tablespoon lemon juice and a pinch of salt and refrigerate for an hour.
Mix the ingredients for the dressing together: 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Mix the sliced apples and dressing in a separate bowl. Refrigerate for 50 minutes.
At the end of the 60 minutes, combine the beetroot and apple and add the chopped mint.
Add feta and pecans just before serving.
And your minty cool summer fresh salad is ready! Serve it on a bed of greens. And pair it with some cumin spiced chicken for the perfect dinner on a warm summer night!