When it comes to meat, I’ve always thought that chicken is at the bottom of the pyramid. Oh yes, it is a beautiful carrier of flavours and when it comes to the diverse recipes that you can create with it, it is a very forgiving meat. But I always thought it was boring - it doesn’t have much flavour in itself. But then maybe we’ve been cooking it the wrong way - constantly adding more flavour to it while simply ignoring that somewhere in that meat is lots of flavour. Today, I grilled chicken on the bone with just salt, pepper and butter with some garlic and chopped up chillies sautéed in the same butter, and boy was I in for a surprise - the chicken shone and how! The meat was juicy, the salt and pepper worked beautifully with the chicken fat to bring out its umami flavour, and there was a sweetness to it that I’ve possibly never tasted before - and trust me I have grilled enough chicken to be a judge of that. Recipe:
- 250 gm chicken on the bone w/ skin on - 2 tbsp butter - 2 red chillies cut up into chunks - salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
Method: - marinate the chicken with the salt, pepper and garlic
- heat the butter in a cast iron pan and put in the chicken with the garlic and chilli
- fry in the pan on both sides for 10 minutes - finish it off in a pre-heated oven (180 C) - serve with a side of sautéed greens - I used broccoli sautéed in the same pan - French beans would be a lovely option too!
How do you prepare your chicken?