Chicken Thighs with Aromatic Spices

by | Aug 9, 2021

The kids are continually annoying me but cooking provides me therapy, solace and joy. With this in mind, today I planned my summertime meal menu by using chicken thighs with fresh peaches and aromatic spices. What I like about this dish is that it uses fresh peaches that are abundantly available during the season. Fresh peaches pair very well with aromatic spices.


  • 6-8 chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 cup or one bunch of fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse grind, plus more
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • cups (about 3) fresh peaches, diced
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Grape seed oil as needed
  • Salt as needed
  • For garnishing:
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons, fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed
  • 1 lime, halved

Season chicken thighs all over with salt, pepper, lemon juice and lemon zest. Set aside for a few minutes.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Sear chicken thighs for about 4-5 minutes on each side until brown. Now transfer the chicken into a separate plate.

Using the same skillet, add oil over medium heat. Then add onions and cook till they are softened. Add garlic & ginger paste, then sauté for a few minutes until fragrant. Add turmeric powder, caraway seeds, star anise, cinnamon stick, chili flakes, parsley and salt. Reduce heat, stir rapidly, then add tomato sauce along with a tablespoon of water. Continue cooking until the oil separates. Gently add prepared chicken thighs over gravy, orange juice and peaches. Cover, reduce to low-medium heat, and cook until the chicken are cooked thoroughly for 6-10 minutes. Ensure that the peaches are cooked so that they break down and secrete juice.

Tip: Ensure that the gravy has a thick consistency. Adjust salt and black pepper. Sprinkle with roasted cumin seeds and serve with onion slices, parsley, jalapeños and lime.