Today we’re cooking up the ultimate crowd pleaser for summertime suppers – Brazilian barbecue spatchcock chicken. Originally brought to you via the Food Busker, John Quilter and Jamie Oliver, this is the perfect way to up your BBQ game, just in time for National Barbecue Week.
1 x large free–range chicken
1 red pepper
3 cloves of garlic
10 fresh bird’s-eye chillies (yes 10)
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
- Make sure you get this recipe going a day before you want to serve – it really benefits from an overnight marinade in the fridge.
- To make the marinade, chop and char your red pepper under the grill until the skin is black and blistered – you want that delicious smoky flavour. Once the pepper is blackened, place in a bowl covered with clingfilm for ten minutes – this makes that fiddly job of peeling the skin, that little bit easier.
- Skin the garlic, trim the chillies and add to a food processor along with the pepper, lemon zest and juice, oil, paprika and boot-strap molasses – blitz until fairly smooth. A handful of parsley always goes nicely at this stage, too. Your kitchen will smell epic at this point, deliciously zesty!
- Now it’s time to spatchcock the chicken, that means removing the backbone and trimming the wings and legs. If you’ve never done this before, here is a handy step-by-step. This can be a little intimidating but, just remember the trick to this is confidence and a very sharp knife.
- Place your chicken in a baking tray and smother in the marinade, make sure every crevice is covered in the sweet and smoky sauce and lay to rest overnight.
- Once you’ve fired up your barbecue, cook the chicken over indirect heat on the barbecue for around 60 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken. This also works well roasted in the oven and flashed over the barbecue to finish.
All that’s left to do is get stuck in! Serve with a crisp green salad, Salsa Verde and a cold beer. Cheers.
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