Spatchcock piri-piri chicken

Spatchcock piri-piri chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus marinating

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Butterfly a whole chicken by removing the backbone to keep it juicy during grilling, and flavour with a chilli pepper marinade

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze uncooked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
552
protein
47g
carbs
1g
fat
40g
saturates
10g
fibre
0g
sugar
0g
salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (about 1½ kg/3lb 5oz)
  • 4 red chillies, chopped (deseeded if you don't like it too spicy)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • lemon wedges and Tabasco sauce (optional), to serve

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Method

  1. To spatchcock the chicken, flip it over so the backbone is facing you. Using a sturdy pair of kitchen scissors or poultry scissors, cut down either side of the backbone, then discard. Turn the chicken over and push down firmly on the breastbone to flatten out the bird. Make a few slashes in each leg joint. You can watch a video showing how to spatchcock a chicken in the How To Cook section of the website).
  2. Put the chillies and garlic in a food processor with a good pinch of salt, or use a pestle and mortar. Blend to a paste, then add the paprika, vinegar, parsley and olive oil. Mix well, then smear over the chicken. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hr or overnight if possible. Can be frozen at this stage.
  3. Fire up the barbecue. When the flames have died down, place the chicken on the centre of the barbecue, skin-side down, and cook for 15-20 mins until nicely charred. Flip the chicken over and continue cooking for another 5-15 mins until cooked through. Check that the juices run clear, as the heat of every barbecue will vary. To cook in the oven, heat to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and cook for 35-40 mins on a baking tray. To char the skin, grill for a further 5-10 mins. Serve with lemon wedges, and Tabasco if you like it hot.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2012

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tnq360's picture
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Fantastic recipe, it was delicious and really easy. This is already a favourite.

honeyshine74's picture
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I made this for supper tonight, it was a real hit, my partner said I was getting very chefy, all thanks to BBC good food!! I add some coriander to the marinade and grated some lemon zest over the marinated chicken. Served with boiled new potatoes and vegetables. Delicious and fresh. Definitely one to do again.

lexi99's picture

What would be the best to cook this other than barbecuing? Just in he oven?

lynnehighway1969's picture
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This recipe is great - all the family love it. Really easy to make and very tasty!

lizleicester's picture

First time I've spatchcocked and it was easy and cut down massively on the cooking time. I'm not keen on barbeques so was happy to pop it in the oven at 180 and serve it with salad. I was glad I de-seeded the chillies although there was extra chilli sauce with "Pain is good" written on it, added by some!

amr9864's picture
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Delicious, I substituted coriander for parsley. I also used chicken breast with bone in and skin on and cooked it in the oven. I made up twice the suggested amount of marinade and this was just enough for 4. The whole family loved it. Served it with coleslaw and potato wedges. Try it!

jonoddjob's picture

Quite lovely. Made it for auntie who enjoys life on the whole. She says its the best chicken sh has had since Dhurba.

epicgirl's picture
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best chicken ever so nice and i do like my heat my mum dad dads sister and my 2 brothers loved it to. I would recommend it to any one.

comfie's picture

I used fish fillets instead of chicken and added some ginger to the marinade.

We had it for dinner last night and I am still smiling. Will definitely try it again with chicken and turkey

beeston14's picture

hi, i used breast fillets instead worked well, also used finger chillies which made it really spicy loved it

nly07871's picture
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This is a winner! I will make this again soon for friends & family. So full of taste. Really enjoyed it with the suggested buttery baked corn.

emmalyjayne's picture
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We just had this for supper it was lovely.
I served it with sweet potato wedges, baked corn on the cob and green salad. I was told I can definitely make this again!! A lovely summer alternative to a Sunday roast chicken.

hedley007's picture
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bloody lovley

sionag's picture
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We had this whilst on holiday in Spain and enjoyed eating it whilst the sun set over the mountains. So easy to make from store cupboard ingredients. We just had chicken legs rather than spatchcock and added extra Tabasco to suit our tastes.

mrsspacer's picture
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I made this the mother night for dinner and really enjoyed it. I added a small bunch of coriander to my marinade too. Husband loved it (he's a huge Nandos fan!) and said to leave it marinating overnight though. Great recipe :)

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