I watched a TV programme that was talking about a particular combination of three spices which are often used together, especially with chicken.

The TV presenter said that they were used together so often that they were referred to as 'the three Cs'.

I know one of them is cumin, but I can't remember the other two.

Does anyone know what they might be?

  • food.com/recipe/…? Or this one: nigella.com/recipes/view/three-cs-chicken-1616 Or this one: picniconthird.com/blog/dishes/3-cs-rubbed-chicken (I'm guessing this last one is more likely the one you're looking for?)
    – Catija
    Jul 26, 2015 at 20:20
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    Sorry I keep commenting but it seems like everyone has a different list of three "cs" for chicken. There's a book that lists cinnamon, coriander and cumin. Another place lists cumin, coriander and cayenne... and another that replaces the cayenne with cardamom...
    – Catija
    Jul 26, 2015 at 20:25
  • So, I can pretty much bet that two of them are cumin and coriander... the third one seems to depend on what sort of flavor you're looking for.
    – Catija
    Jul 26, 2015 at 20:27
  • @Catija - wow, thanks! I didn't expect an answer so fast! Yes, it seems that one of them is definitely coriander. I wonder if the original that I heard was cardamom
    – Charon
    Jul 26, 2015 at 20:34
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    @Catija these comments are sufficient for a full answer! It's much better to put even partial answers into the answers than to make them as comments.
    – rumtscho
    Jul 26, 2015 at 21:07

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Generally, it depends on the sort of cuisine you're talking about.

However, there is a very common "chord" of three spices, which is popular in Greece, Turkey, Arab cultures, Indian cooking genres and even China.

That "chord" is Cumin, Coriander seed and Cardamom. It's definitely used with chicken, but is also applied to plenty of vegetarian dishes as well.

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