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  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • olive oil
  • 4 whole chicken thighs
  • 250g cooked basmati rice (use a pouch or leftovers)
  • a handful dill, chopped


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the onion, garlic, spices and lemon juice in an ovenproof dish that the chicken thighs will fit in snugly, with just a little space between them.

  • STEP 2

    Add 1 tbsp oil and some seasoning, then stir everything together. Sit the chicken thighs on top of the onion mix and season. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. Take out the chicken pieces then stir the rice and most of the dill into the roasted onion mix.

  • STEP 4

    Sit the chicken back on top and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with a little extra dill sprinkled on top.

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