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30 June 2015

Peruvian-Style Grilled Chicken

Photo: © childsdesign
The new Cook Sauces from Capsicana are extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

Visitors to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015 will be able to try this sauce and others, where Capsicana will be exhibiting on stand V123

The packs each carry a couple of recipes, one very simple, ideal for a quick midweek meal and the other a little more involved for maybe a Friday night or weekend.

In The Artisan Food Trail kitchen we often like to experiment, so we took Capsicana’s Chilli & Lemon Peruvian Cook Sauce, added a few extras and turned it into an extra special marinade for chicken.
The Cook Sauce can also be used as a condiment which we included in a simple dip to go with the chicken.

The trick to getting the maximum amount of flavour to permeate the meat is to get the marinade under the chicken skin as well as on the surface.
Nothing beats barbecuing for a smokey flavour but a hot oven will cook the chicken just fine, still producing a crispy, caramelised, burnished skin.

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1kg whole chicken legs

For the marinade

For the dipping sauce

Loosen the skin on the chicken legs, using your fingers to carefully ease it away from the meat to create a pocket for the marinade.

Mix all the marinade ingredients together.
Spoon a little of the marinade into the pocket created under the skin of each chicken leg. Smooth over the skin working the marinade into the meat.
Place the chicken legs into a large sealable bag. Tip in the rest of the marinade, seal the bag. Give the bag a good shake and squidge to coat
all the chicken.
Place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.

Before cooking remove the chicken from the refrigerator to allow it come up to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 220C / 425F / Gas 7.
Place the chicken on a rack over a roasting tray and cook on the middle shelf for around 45 minutes*, turning half way through.
The chicken is ready when the skin is crisp, its steaming hot and the juices run clear. The internal temperature should be at least 75C / 167F.
Allow the chicken to rest under some tented foil before serving.

This recipe is perfect to cook on the barbecue, in fact it really enhances the flavour especially if wood smoking chips are used.
Make the sure the coals are hot and place the chicken on the grid over them and follow the oven method.

Make the dipping sauce by mixing the cook sauce, sour cream and mayonnaise together.

Garnish with wedges of lime and coriander leaves and serve with salad, sautéed potatoes or rice.

*Cooking times may vary depending on the oven/cooking method used.

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