Masala Roasted Chicken – Valentine Menu

Menu for the Evening

Cashew Crusted Masala Roasted Chicken

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Oven Roasted Green Beans and Carrots

Basmati Rice & Raita

Lemon cake with strawberries and lavender syrup

Cashew Crusted Masala Roasted Chicken


6 large pieces of Chicken (fryer pieces will also work)

A masala mix (Either wet or dry and this can be picked up in an Indian grocery store or even in the International aisle at Kroger)

2 cups of crushed cashews  – You can also use almonds, peanuts, pecans – whatever you have on hand (This is an optional ingredient)

1 cup of cilantro (chopped)

Salt to taste



Step 1: Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and cover them completely with the Masala Mix. I used the Mild Curry Paste. I mixed them up really well with my hands. Salt it lightly. Then place the chicken in the baking dish and let it marinade for at least 2 hours. I typically prepare this the night before to allow the chicken to soak in the marinade overnight. Step 2: Remove the baking dish from the fridge. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Step 3: Roast the chicken for around 45 – 60 minutes (Depending on the oven). Convection Roast if you can. Chicken is best served over a bed of steamed Basmati rice.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Green Beans


1 lb. Fingerling potatoes (I bought 2 different kinds to give it some color) – halved

I lb fresh French Beans

6 whole carrots

3 slices of bacon

2 tablespoons fresh or dry rosemary


Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Place the halved potatoes on a cookie sheet. Spread it out evenly. Salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Cover with either dried or fresh rosemary On a different cookies sheet, arrange the green beans and carrots. Cut bacon in small 2 inch pieces and place evenly around the cookies sheet. Place both cookie sheets in the oven. Cook the green beans for 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like it. Cook the potatoes for 30-45 minutes and take them out when they are done.

Toss the green beans and carrots together. The bacon flavors it really well.

Serve the green beans, carrots and potatoes on a platter for a dramatic presentation. The different colors of potatoes add to the visual presentation of the dish.

Lemon Cake with Strawberries and Lavender Syrup


This is quite possibly one of my favourite cakes. It is really easy to make – seriously.

The recipe for this is in an earlier blog post.