If you’ve started the week all virtuous and then get a sudden, overwhelming craving for a sticky, spicy, juicy helping of peri-peri chicken, don’t panic! Just stick to a few ground rules, make your own marinade (if you must) and serve with a tzatziki that doubles as a salad.
Peri-peri spatchcock chicken with apple-and-mint tzatziki
1 x 240 g packet Woolworths sundried tomatoes
1 T chilli flakes
2 t smoked paprika
6–8 cloves garlic
2 red peppers, roasted
1 t chopped oregano
3 T olive oil
1 lemon, juiced or 3 T red wine vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 free-range Woolworths peri-peri marinated chicken
butter, for roasting
6–8 potatoes, sliced
For the apple-and-mint tzatziki, mix:
1 Granny Smith apple, grated
½ lemon, juiced
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
1 t chopped mint
1 clove chopped garlic
½ t nutmeg
1 medium cucumber, grated and drained
1 Preheat the oven to 200°C. Add the sundried tomatoes, chilli flakes, paprika, garlic, red peppers, oregano olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar to a pan and season to taste.
2 Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat and blend until smooth.
3 Carefully lift the skin of the chicken and spread a couple of tablespoons of the sauce underneath without tearing the skin. Spread another few tablespoons on top, dot with butter and drizzle with olive oil.
4 Season and roast on a tray of sliced potatoes for 35–40 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.
Cook’s note: Marinate the chicken overnight before for extra flavour. Add a can of cherry tomatoes to this recipe if you want a milder sauce.
How to spatchcock your ready-marinaded chicken
1 Carefully cut out the backbone of the chicken using a sharp pair of kitchen scissors. Do this by placing the chicken onto a chopping board breast side down with the legs facing you. Cut through the rib bones on either side of the back bone (using the parson’s nose as your guide). This should be quite easy to do and not require too much pressure.
2 Flip the chicken over, pull out either side to open it up and gently press down onto the chicken’s breastbone and flatten it out completely to one thickness.
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