Spice-rubbed chicken with pomegranate salad

Apply a light touch to your Indian meal with a sweet pomegranate and mint dressing instead of heavy curry sauce

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:40 mins
    Plus marinating
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 294
  • fat 7g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 29g
  • sugars 24g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 30g
  • salt 0.33g


  • 4 skinless chicken leg joints, cut into drumsticks and thighs
  • 2½ tsp turmeric
  • 2½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 3 oranges, segmented
  • juice ½ lime, plus extra wedges to serve
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • small handful mint leaves, torn


  1. Score the chicken with a sharp knife, about 2-3 cuts in each piece. Mix the spices with a little salt, the olive oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Using gloves (turmeric stains your fingers), rub this spice mixture over the chicken pieces and transfer to a roasting tin. Leave to marinate for at least 20 mins, or overnight in the fridge if you’re preparing ahead.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cover the chicken with foil and bake for 30 mins. Remove the foil and continue cooking in the oven for another 10 mins until tender. Baste with tin juices and rest for 5 mins before serving.

  3. Meanwhile, make the salad. Mix the pomegranate seeds with the orange segments, mix the lime juice with the pomegranate molasses, then drizzle over. Scatter with torn mint leaves and serve alongside the chicken.

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