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Mojo Chicken

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This is my version of the Cuban dish, Pollo Con Mojo.

The boys have lots of fun with the name, heaps of Austin Powers jokes while trying to eat dinner!

By cutting the chicken down like this it cooks more quickly and using the spine as a rack stops the meat getting too burnt in the caramelised orange juice.

Any leftovers are fabulous for quesadilla fillings the next day.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1.8kg chicken

200mls freshly squeezed orange juice

1 lime, zest and juice

2 teaspoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves

1 green chilli, deseeded

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

salt and pepper

Method

Turn the chicken, breast side down. Take a pair of poultry sheers and cut down either side of the spine, I find it easiest to cut down from the parsons nose end! Set the spine aside. Turn the chicken breast side up and push down the breasts to flatten the chicken.

Now make the marinade, combine all of the other ingredients and whizz in a food processor or use a stick blender to make the marinade.

Combine the chicken and marinade in a bag and pop in the fridge for 30mins-2hours if you have time.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade

Take a roasting tin and place the chicken spine on the base, top with the chicken and then pour over the marinade.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, basting every 20 minutes. If the wings are colouring too quickly, wrap them with a little foil.

Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.

 

Chinese Spiced Poached Chicken

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I know that twenty minutes does not sound long enough to poach such a large chicken but trust me here, as you leave the chicken in the stock it continues to cook and absorb the lovely flavours.

By cooking the chicken this way, it is prepared long before you eat and the moistness of the meat is amazing although, it doesn’t look particularly attractive!

Once you have made this stock you have the bases for many meals to come, just sieve the stock to remove the lumpy bits and then freeze. When you need it again, defrost and add all of the ingredients again to re flavour the stock, it really does get better with every use!

Leftovers the next day? Cook some noodles, top with some baby spinach, leftover chicken and pour over some hot stock.

Ingredients

2.5kg chicken

250mls gluten free soy sauce or Tamari sauce

200mls Chinese rice wine

500mls chicken stock

1 orange, rind and juice

5 spring onions, topped and tailed, cut into 5cm lengths

4 star anise

2x5cm cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon salt

Water

Method

Combine all of the ingredients, except chicken in a large stock pot.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins.

Fill and boil a kettle of water.

Wash the chicken and then gently loosen the skin from the breasts and legs.

Add 500 mls water to the stock pot and stir.

Gently lower the chicken into the pot, ensure the cavity is filled with the stock too.

Cover, you may need to add more water to fully immerse the chicken,  and bring the pot up to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer gently for twenty mins only. Do not remove the lid.

Turn the heat off after 20mins and leave covered with the lid for several hours.

Remove once cool enough to handle and chop into your desired serving pieces.

Whole Orange Cake

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This is the BEST whole orange cake. No boiling of the orange and everything gets done in a processor after you process the orange so minimal washing up!

The icing on top is only sugar and juice that solidifies into pretty white crystals that taste yummy.

I use a navel orange for this cake usually, you are looking for a thin skinned orange as the whole thing goes in.

The un-iced cake freezes very well.

Ingredients

1 medium orange, washed,  quartered and seeds removed

200g butter, melted

3 eggs

220g caster sugar

225g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Icing Ingredients

1 orange, juiced

100g granulated sugar

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade

Grease and line a deep 20cm cake tin.

Process the washed, quartered and deseeded orange until very pulpy.

Add the butter, eggs, sugar, flour and baking powder, process until smooth and creamy. It should be a gorgeous orange colour.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60mins.

Allow to stand in the tin for 5-10mins.

Mix the orange juice and sugar and spoon over the cake.

Allow the cake to cool completely in the tin.