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Chipotle Chilli And Sundried Tomato Roast Chicken

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Only a week of school holidays to go so time to get back into sharing what I’ve been up to in the kitchen these last few weeks!

As many of you know, I’m a BIG fan of flattening whole chooks like this, it’s really quite easy with a pair of poultry shears or kitchen scissors, you just cut up each side of the spine, trim around the skin, flip the chook over and squash the breasts down with the palm of your hand. I then loosen as much of the skin as I can to then pour the marinade right in against the skin for maximum flavour and to give you some really juicy chicken.

Dont waste any pan juices or the bones either! I pop the removed spines under the chooks to roast at the same time and then once we are done, all of the bones and pan juices go into the pressure cooker to make an amazing smoky stock, great for tomato based soups or even dirty rice!

Serves 10-12.

Ingredients

2 x 1.6kg chickens, spines removed and flattened

2 chipotle chillies in Adobe sauce plus and extra tablespoon of sauce

10 Sundried tomato halves

4 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1 tablespoon dried oregano

100mls olive oil

salt and pepper

Method

Prepare the chicken first. once the spine has been removed, I use poultry shears, flatten the chicken breasts with the palm of you hand. Next, slide your fingers up under the skin over the breasts, legs and thighs, loosening it as you go.

In a processor, whizz up the chipotle chillies and sauce, Sundried tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, pepper and oil.

Now, por the marinade into a piping bag or a food prep bag. Cut the corner off and use the bag to squeeze most of the marinade under the skin of the two chooks. Rub the remaining marinade over the outside over the skin while rubbing the marinade under the skin to make sure it goes into all of the nooks and crannies!

Allow the chicken to marinade for 4-24 hours if you have time.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Lay the chooks in a roasting tin, breasts up.

Roast in the oven for 80 minutes, basting regularly until the skin is supe crisp and the meat cooked through.

Allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving to give you supe moist meat.

Cajun Spice Chicken Wings With Lemon

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Loved by everyone, these little wings are are very moreish!

Great cooked in the oven or on the BBQ and eaten with fingers!

I make my own spice rub so I’ve popped the recipe below for reference, this makes 2 jars of rub that lasts for 3 months. Super with any BBQ meat, fish and potatoes.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1.2 kg chicken wings, each cut in two

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons Cajun spice rub

1 lemon, juice and zest

Method

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and allow to marinade for 2-24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade and line two baking trays with baking parchment.

Spread the wings over the sheets and bake for 40mins.

Cajun Spice Rub Ingredients

6 tablespoons sweet paprika

2 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika

2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, ground

4 tablespoons ground pepper

6 tablespoons garlic powder

3 tablespoons onion powder

6 tablespoons salt

4 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons dried thyme

Method

Its so easy, just mix everything in a large bowl and pour into  jars.

Keeps for 3 months in an airtight jar.

Barbecued Chicken with Garlic, Lime and Sweet Chilli Sauce

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I use a whole chicken, jointed into 10 pieces with bone in and skin on for this recipe.

The marinade itself is very simple and though it might sound like an awful lot of garlic it really works!

The sugar in the sweet chilli sauce acts the same way as honey in the marinade so you get a blackened appearance but it still tastes great.

Feeds 4-6.

Ingredients

1×1.8-2kg whole chicken jointed or 10 chicken pieces, with skin and bones in

5 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce

juice and zest of 1 lime

2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

Combine the garlic, sweet chilli sauce, olive oil and salt in a large bowl.

Add the chicken and, using your hands, rub the marinade well in.

If you have time, allow to marinade for a few hours.

Preheat the barbecue to medium or preheat a non stick frying pan.

Put the chicken, skin side down on the BBQ or frying pan and cook for 10mins, turn and continue cooking for 30-40 mins, turning regularly until cooked through.