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Caribbean Peanut Chicken

Caribbean Peanut Chicken

Like coconut, peanuts, and peanut butter go particularly well with chilies. Peanut butter makes this sauce gloriously rich and creamy. Use medium-hot chili. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast portions, cut into thin strips 225g/8oz/generous 1 cup white long grain rice 15g/1 oz/1 […]

Scorching Chili Chicken

Scorching Chili Chicken

Not for the faint-hearted, this fiery, hot curry is made with a spicy chili masala paste, which is blended into a fragrant sauce. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 8 chicken thighs, skinned 5ml/ tsp garam masala sliced green chilies, to garnish chapatis and natural (plain) yogurt. to […]

Black Pasta with Squid Sauce

Black Pasta with Squid Sauce

Another shellfish dish with a subtle, rather than a strident, chili flavor. don’t be tempted to omit the chili flakes the dish would be the poorer for their absence. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS105ml/7 tbsp olive oil2 shallots, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, crushed45ml/3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley […]

Vermicelli with Spicy Clam Sauce Recipe

Vermicelli with Spicy Clam Sauce Recipe

There’s a subtle chili flavor in this Italian dish. the trick is to use enough to make it lively, as here, but not so much that you can’t taste the clams. SERVES 4 1kg/2 1/4lb fresh clams, well scrubbed250ml/8fl oz/1 cup dry white wine 2 […]

Chili, Tomato and Spinach Pizza Recipe

Chili, Tomato and Spinach Pizza Recipe

This richly flavored topping with a hint of spice makes a colorful and satisfying pizza. added to a ready-made pizza base, it makes the cook’s life really easy. SERVES 3 INGREDIENTS1-2 fresh red chilies50g/2oz/1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, plus 45ml/3 tbsp oil from […]

Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Stir-fries are perennially popular. This spicy chicken stir fry mixes spring onions and dried mushrooms with chilies and peppers. INGREDIENTS 450 g/1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sugar 2 spring onions, white and some green parts, […]

Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

This authentic jerk chicken recipe incorporates a classic rub, a combination of spices, brown sugar and hot chili peppers that is applied to the chicken to enliven the dish. Serves 4 to 6 INGREDIENTS 25 g/1 oz chopped seeded fresh red chilies 4 tsp crushed […]

Spicy Squid With Hot Pepper Sauce

Spicy Squid With Hot Pepper Sauce

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 dried ancho chilies 675 g/1 lb cleaned squid 2 shallots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 red habanero chilies, seeded and chopped 2 tbsp corn or sunflower oil 550 m1/1 8 fl oz peeled, seeded and chopped plum tomatoes Juice of […]

Fish With Black Beans

Fish With Black Beans

Salted black beans are available in tins from Chinese food stores. They make an excellent marinade and sauce for fish. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 900 g/2 lb flounder, whiting or finnan haddie fillet, skinned 3 tbsp salted black beans 90 m1/3.5 fl oz dry sherry 3 […]

Orange and Chili Marinated Sardines

Orange and Chili Marinated Sardines

Sardines cooked this way are simply delicious. Use lime juice instead of orange, if you prefer. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 8 to 12 fresh sardines, cleaned 150 ml// pint orange juice 4 tbsp olive oil 4 green jalapeno chilies, seeded and finely sliced1 tbsp soft light […]