This is amazing and creates the most delicious tender, moist chicken inside a taste-bud bursting crispy skin. Want to find out more? The secret is to slow cook your chicken slathered in this Alabama sauce, then finish off under the grill or over the BBQ. First make your sauce:
- 100ml mayonnaise
- 100ml buttermilk or yoghurt
- 3 tbs cider vinegar
- 2 tbs horseradish sauce
- 1 tbs English mustard
- 1 stp garlic granules
- small bunch of chopped dill.
Mix. Divide equally into two bowls. That’s the first bit done. Now take your chicken and slow cook it:
- 1 spatchcocked chicken, any size but if really large check it is cooked properly with a meat thermometer
- A rub mix made up of
- 1 tbs smoked paprika
- 1 tbs ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
Rub the rub all over your chicken. Lay it out in a tin, and cover tightly with foil. Cook in the over at 140C (Fan) for 1 hour 30 minutes or until cooked. At this point you can take it out and leave it to cool before finishing off under the grill. When ready to finish:
Fire up the BBQ or switch on the grill. Smother the chicken both sides with one of the bowls of sauce. You may need to skewer it to hold it together for handling, as it may otherwise fall apart. It will still taste as good but won’t look pretty! Grill/BBQ each side for 3-4 minutes. Brush with more sauce or juices and repeat until the skin is charred and crispy enough. If you had left it to cool you may need a few more turns but if transferred directly from the oven, a couple of cycles will probably be enough. Leave to rest and firm up for 10 minutes, then serve with the other bowl of sauce for dipping/more smothering.
Next time I’ll take a photo before the family tucks in. Authentic and simple. This serves 4 if you include rice, naans and a vegetable side. You can use any cut of chicken, bone in our out, but I prefer boneless thighs for flavour and convenience.
- 1 onion, sliced and chopped
- glug of oil
Gently fry the onion until transluscent. Add
- 1 crushed garlic clove
- 1 tbs grated fresh ginger
Cook for another minute. Add
- 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, chopped into bite sized chunks
Cook away until coloured. Add
Cook for a few minutes. Add
- 1 green pepper, halved and seeds removed
- 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
- 0.25 tsp turmeric powder
- 1.5tsp garam masala or chaat masala
- 1.5 tsp cumin powder
Stir in and cook for a few more minutes. Add
- 1 cup /250ml boiling water
Stir, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add
- 2-3 tbs chopped coriander
- salt to taste
Cook for another ten minutes. At this point it is ready. If you like thicker sauce, you can add a bit of cornflour to thicken to your preferred consistency.
Great for an appetizer for an Indian meal, on their own or even as a side. Serves 3-4 as a starter
- 250g chicken breast, cubed into bite sized chunks
- 1 egg white
- 1tsp garlic paste
- 1 tbs grated fresh or frozen ginger root
- 0.25tsp tumeric
- 1tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 0.5-1 green chilli, seeded and chopped
- 1tbs chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 0.5tsp salt
- Juice of 1 lemon
Mix that lot up and leave for a few minutes while you heat up a pan of oil for deep frying. Warm your oven and have a plate with kitchen towel on handy.
Go back to your chicken and add
- 2tbs gram flour
- 1 tbs rice flour or plain flour
Mix into your marinating chicken. Add a bit more gram flour if necessary to make a sticky coating. When your oil is about 160C, drop pakora individually into the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes until brown and crispy like the photo abouve. Do this in batches so the pakora don’t clump up and the oil remains hot. Removewith a mesh or slotted spoon and drain on your kitchen towel. Keep warm on the plate in your oven while you fry the remainder.
Great served with a dipping chutney or riata.
Serves four as a main course. One tricky part and the rest is very easy. Marinaded, seared then simmered. First make your marinade.
- 2 spring onions
- thyme – leaves from 3 sprigs
- 2tbs chopped coriander leaves
- 1tbs chopped parsley
- 1tsp chopped ginger root
- 2 garlic clives
- dash of vegetable oil
- half a lime, juiced
- dash of Angostrua bitters
- dash of hot chilli sauce
Blend all that with a stick blender to make a green sauce.
- 8 chicken thighs, skin on
Marinade the thighs in the sauce for at least four hours or overnight.
Remove the chicken from the marinade. Scrape off the marinade and keep it. Here’s the tricky part. Spread the sugar over the base of a cast iron casserole and heat until it turns brown and smokes. If you let this go slightly too far it will burn and you’ll have to start again. At the right moment, put your chicken thighs on the pan skin side down so it sears in the hot caramel. After five minutes turn them over to sear the other side for a few minutes more. They should look nicely brown. Add the marinade you kept, and a dash of water. Cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes, adding more water if it is drying out and catching. When the chicken is cooked and you have a nice syrupy sauce, serve with rice ‘n’ peas.
Thank you Aedy for bringing this one to Arford Books.
- 1kg chicken, jointed or pieces preferably bone-in
- 2.5tsp Sri Lancan roasted curry powder
- 1tsp cayenne pepper or red chilli powder
- 0.5tsp turmeric
- 2tsp salt
- 1tbs white wine venegar
Marinate for 30 minutes
Saute until translucent. Add
- 1tbs minced garlic
- 1tbs minced ginger
Saute for another two minutes. Add your marinated chicken plus
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- 2 green chillies sliced
Stir and fry for two minutes. Add
- 1 large roma/beef tomato chopped
Let it cook down. Add
- 80ml tomato passata/sauce/puree OR 1tbs tomato paste with 2 tbs water
- 250ml water
Let it come to the boil then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add
Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Adjust the seasonings and serve with rice, naan or roti.
If you have a rotisserie. If not use your grill and keep turning!
Make a rub mix by mixing:
- 1tsp paprika
- 1tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1tsp onion powder
- 0.5tsp salt
- 0.5tsp ground black pepper.
This amount will just cover a medium chicken. If you like plenty of flavour or have a larger chicken, just double it but keep the ratios the same
- 1 medium chicken
- 2tbs oil
- Rub mix
Mount your chicken on the rotisserie skewer. Smear oil over your chicken then spinkle the rub all over. It will stick, if you actually rub the rub it will come off on your hands which is pointless.
Grill for 75 minutes, basting every 20 minutes, then test with a thermometer – it should be 75C in the centre of meat mass, so check breast and thigh. If it’s not, grill a bit longer. When done, let it rest for 15 minutes while you make the sides. Roast sweet potato mash, corn and green beans works well!
You need an oven-proof pan with a lid, such as a cast-iron casserole.
Splash some oil in the pan and brown the thighs for 10-15 minutes. Remove to a plate.
Add to the pan and fry gently 2-3 minutes
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 2 tbs Moroccan spice mix*
Fry a bit more, scraping up any crispy bits from the chicken.
- 2 preserved lemons
- 2 large tomoatoes, chopped
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- Handful of olives
- Chicken stock cube
- 750ml water
Add to the pan. Stir gently to boiling point. Add the chicken back in, cover and transfer to an oven 170C/150C Fan for one hour. Serve with a scattering of feta, mint leaves and pomegranate seeds with couscous on the side.
*If you can’t find a suitable Moroccan spice mix try this:
- 2tbs coriander seeds
- 1tbs cumin seeds
- 1.5tsp fennel seeds
- 0.5tsp black pepper
- 0.24 tsp ground ginger
- 0.5 tsp cinnamon
- pinch saffron
Dry fry the seeds until they start to smell. Grind, then mix with the other spices.
This works for chicken quarters or a spatch-cocked whole chicken. First marinade your bird.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 2 tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper
Mix, then rub all over the chicken. Put everything in a plastic bag and massage the marinade into the chicken. Squeeze air out of the bag, tie off and chill for an hour or two – or more.
Heat the oven to 190C. Put portions or spatch-cocked chicken on a pan and oven roast for between 40 minutes and an hour until cooked. You can finish it under the grill if you like it charred and crispy. You can also cook this over a BBQ, or cook in the oven and finish on the BBQ. Great with Greek potatoes, halloumi and asparagus
One day I am going to clone this recipe. It’s the best
The Greatest Chicken Satay!
Really easy, really tasty, really cheap too.
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 3 tbs cider vinegar
- 1 tbs paprika
- 1 tbs Worcester sauce
- 2 tsp celery salt
- 2-4 tbs hot pepper sauce depending on heat preference
- 3 tbs honey
Mix to a marinade
- 1 kg chicken wings (£2.49 from Tesco)
Cut away wing tips and feed to the dog (they can eat raw chicken bones). Cut through the joint to make two sections per wing. Toss in the marinade to coat and marinate for as long as you have, from an hour to overnight. Heat your oven to 180C (160C fan) and place the wings on an oven tray. Reserve the spare marinade. Cook for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss in or coat with the reserved marinade. Turn the oven up to 200C (180C fan) and cook another 20-30 minutes, turning and basting if you have any marinade left. They are cooked when they are sticky, glazed and charred!
Recipe from BBC web site