Gunpowder Chicken

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Brought to you in collaboration with Waitrose & Partners, this is a summer special! Served with herby roasted courgette and pearl barley. Fragrant and delicious. Get your barbecue ready!
Serves 4

oil of choice
150g natural yoghurt
1 tbsp gunpowder spice blend
4 tbsp chilli infused olive oil
4 chicken legs
200g pearly barley
2 tbsp vadouvan spice blend
2 courgettes, sliced lengthways
1 brown onion, slice into 1cm pieces
handful dill, finely chopped
handful chives, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp mustard seeds
small handful fresh curry leaves/coriander

– Mix the yoghurt, 1 tsp salt, gunpowder spice blend, and 1 tbsp chilli infused oil in a bowl.

– Place the chicken legs in a large bowl and pour over the marinade. Mix thoroughly with your hands. Cover and place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight if you can.

– Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C with a fan.

– Place the chicken and remaining marinade in a large baking pan and cook in the oven for 35 minutes whilst you heat the barbecue.

– Add the pearl barley and 1L of water to a pan. Bring it to a boil and cook on medium heat for 50 minutes.

– Mix 2-3 tbsp of oil, the vadouvan spice blend, and ½ tsp salt in a large shallow bowl.

– Coat the courgette and onion slices thoroughly in the oil mixture. Place them on the barbecue and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden on both sides.

– Mix the dill, red chilli, and lemon juice in a large bowl.

– Remove the vegetables from the barbecue and chop them into smaller pieces and add to the herbs and lemon juice mixture. Add the pearl barley and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix well.

– Place the chicken on the barbecue and cook for 10 minutes or until they have some lovely colour.

– For the tadka, add 2-3 tbsp of chilli infused olive oil to a hot pan. Add the mustard seeds and once they start popping, add the fresh curry leaves.

– To assemble the dish, place the chicken on a plate and drizzle the tadka on top. Add a large spoonful of the pearl barley mixture and tuck in!