Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easy lime and chili buttered chicken

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott/Not Quite Nigella
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • 1 size 16 or 18 chicken (1.6-1.8kg or 3.5-4lb), cut into pieces
  • 50g/1.7ozs. softened butter
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 long red chilli, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • Fresh coriander to serve
Preheat oven to 220C/440F and place the chicken pieces in a baking tray skin side up. Blend the butter, lime zest, lime juice, chilli, garlic, sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and ginger in a small food processor (or just chop and mix by hand). With hands (latex gloved if you're sensitive to chilli), spread the flavoured butter over the chicken, coating it well. You can do this the night before if you want and just cover the chicken and place it in the fridge. Roast the chicken for 40 minutes, basting halfway through with the juices (take the breast pieces out as soon as they are cooked after around 30 minutes as I find that they dry out otherwise).