I was on my way back to the office this week and talking to my colleague Fred about food and cooking. Remember Fred? The one who shared his great prosciutto-figs appetizer recipe? And I promised him that I would post this lemongrass chicken recipe again. If you remember, I had one of my first posts a couple years back, but marinade called for lime. This time, I cut out the lime and added much more garlic and much more lemongrass. The result, lip-smacking chicken that anyone will enjoy, your kids and even your dog! Although, dogs aren't supposed to eat anything spicy, but for our dog Frippon, we removed the lemongrass, but we know he really enjoyed the rest of it, including the bones.
Recipe "au pif":1 whole grain-fed chicken
1/2 cup of olive oil
4 tbsp finely minced lemon grass (about two stems of lemongrass)
6 garlic cloves finely minced
3 tsps hot chili flakes
1 tsp hot chili paste
1 tbsp coarse sea salt(or to taste)
2 tsps ground pepper
To prepare the marinade, mix well all above ingredients (except chicken) in a bowl with a spoon.
How to spatchcock a chicken (flatten the chicken for the grill or the oven roast):
Place the chicken breast-side down on a cutting board. Using poultry shears or a very sharp knife, cut from the neck to the tail end along either side of the backbone to remove.
You'll be cutting through flesh and small bones, so you'll have to use some force; take special care if using a knife.
Once the backbone is out, you'll have a clear view of the interior of the chicken.
With both hands placed on the rib cage, crack open the chicken by opening it, like a book, toward the cutting board.
Flip over, flatten the chicken with your fist and smooth the skin. You've spatchcocked your bird.
Marinate the chicken by rubbing with your hands all sides of the chicken, the skin and the interior, with the already prepared lemon grass-garlic-chili marinade. Let the chicken marinate for 24 hours or overnight in a well-sealed container or tupperware.
Having been marinated overnight, the chicken is ready to be grilled in the BBQ or roasted in the oven.
When grilling on the BBQ, set the thermostat to medium-high and keep the BBQ lid closed, but make sure to flip the chicken once in a while to maintain an even grill and avoid burning. The chicken should be cooked between an hour and an hour and a half.
When oven roasting, set the thermostat at 350F (preferably convectional roasting, if you have that luxury). Place the chicken in an oven bag and follow instructions. These oven bags do wonders to a nice big piece of poultry- they cut down the roasting time by almost half and make the most tender and juiciest chicken or turkey ever. Normally, without an oven bag, the roasting can take almost 2 and half hours. Let the chicken roast in the oven bag for about an hour and a half until the skin is golden brown. Once the skin is golden brown, it's a good indication that the meat is cooked. The juices at the bottom of the pan is a good sign that the chicken is moist and tender. Remove and discard the oven bag and the juices.
To add that final "grilled" touch, place the chicken in the oven and "broil" for about 2-3 minutes until parts of the skin are slightly burnt. And voilà, oven-roasted-broiled chicken without the BBQ.
Let me know if you've been finger-licking and lip-smacking after eating this gourmet chicken. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Thank goodness, I have some leftovers in the oven, which I'm going to get to right away.
Serves 4-6 people.
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