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Curry poussins

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 2
From Country Show Cook Off
A whole poussin is the perfect amount for one – this curried version makes a change from cold chicken in a picnic lunch.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Using a large knife or kitchen scissors, cut the poussins in half following the line of the backbone and the breastbone. Flatten out both halves, moving the legs away from the breast, and place onto a dish. Score the flesh of the legs to the bone.

  3. Place the cardamom seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, black pepper, curry powder, turmeric, and salt to a mortar and pestle. Crush together to a coarse powder.

  4. Add the finely chopped garlic and mix everything together.

  5. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the lemon juice and oil and blend together well.

  6. Work the mixture into the poussins making sure it goes into the cuts. Leave the poussins to marinate for up to an hour.

  7. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan and gently fry the poussins over a low heat. Be careful not to burn the spices. Use a spoon to coat the poussins with the spices and butter.

  8. Transfer to an oven tray and place in the oven to cook for 10-12 minutes. The birds are cooked when the juices run clear when the leg is skewered at the thickest part.

  9. Once cooked, sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve with flatbreads and raita.


  • 2 poussins
  • 6 -8 cardamom pods, cracked open and seeds crushed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • large pinch coriander seeds, toasted
  • large pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 heaped tsp mild curry powder
  • ground turmeric
  • salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter
  • toasted flaked almonds, to taste

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