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    Zingy Lemon Chicken

    Dinner: Serves 4
    Prep time: 15 minutes 
    Cook time: 25 minutes


    • Chicken thigh fillet, lean, raw, 800 g, halved
    • Ground turmeric, 3 teaspoon(s)
    • Oil spray, 1 spray(s) (2-sec spray)
    • Peanut oil, 1 tablespoon(s)
    • Mustard seed, yellow, 2 teaspoon(s)
    • Red onion, 1 medium, finely diced
    • Red chilli, 2 chilli(s), finely sliced
    • Ginger, fresh, 1½ tablespoon(s), finely chopped
    • Cinnamon stick, 1 stick(s)
    • Dried cloves, 5 clove(s)
    • Chicken liquid stock, salt reduced, 1¼cup(s)
    • Lemon juice, 2 juice of 1 lemon
    • Lemon zest, 1 zest from 1 lemon
    • Sultanas, 2 tablespoon(s)
    • Chinese broccoli (kai lan), 2 small bunch(s), trimmed and cut into 3cm lengths


    Dust the chicken pieces all over with 2 teaspoons of the turmeric. Place a large frying pan over medium–high heat and spray with cooking oil. Working in batches, cook the chicken for 2–3 minutes until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.

    In the same pan, add the peanut or vegetable oil and mustard seeds and cook until the seeds begin to pop, then add the onion, chilli and ginger and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and remaining turmeric and cook for 1 minute more. Add the stock, lemon zest and juice and the sultanas and bring to the boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then return the chicken to the pan. Stir to combine, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 10–12 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon and cover to keep warm. Increase the heat to high and boil the sauce, uncovered, for 2–3 minutes until thickened and reduced.

    Meanwhile, steam or boil the Chinese broccoli for 3–4 minutes until just tender, then drain.

    To serve, divide the Chinese broccoli among four plates, top with the chicken and spoon over the sauce.