Spiced Chicken with Brown Butter

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Adapted from Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater.

Spiced Chicken with Brown Butter

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:25 minutes
This recipe appears in: Dinner Tonight: Spiced Chicken with Brown Butter


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature


  1. 1

    Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper and set aside. Preheat a broiler.

  2. 2

    In a small bowl, combine the spices, garlic, and butter. Beat the mixture until the spices are completely incorporated.

  3. 3

    Lay the chicken pieces skin-side up in a broiler-proof dish which will collect the spicy brown butter as it melts. Rub the spiced butter all over the chicken skin so all the pieces are thoroughly covered.

  4. 4

    Cook the chicken about 5 inches from the broiler until the skin is crisp and slightly blackened, 7-10 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for 5 minutes more until the chicken is cooked through. Throughout the cooking, spoon the brown butter in the bottom of the dish over the pieces to baste them.

  5. 5

    Flip the chicken pieces back over and cook for a minute longer to crisp the skin. Serve with rice and the extra brown butter spooned over everything.

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