Pull-apart chicken with green curry & lime leaf dressing

Pull-apart chicken with green curry & lime leaf dressing

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins plus overnight marinating

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Serves 4

Bringing to life the vibrancy of Asian flavours, this green curry will bring a taste of Thailand to your palate

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  • 1 large chicken, about 1.8kg/4lb
  • 50ml Thai fish sauce
  • 400g can low-fat coconut milk
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
  • 4 lime leaves, torn
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, roughly sliced

For the curry dressing

  • 100ml coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp green Thai curry paste
  • 2 x 400ml cans low-fat coconut milk
  • 100g palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 6 lime leaves, torn
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
  • 1 thumb-sized piece galangal or ginger, sliced
  • 100g sugar snap peas
  • good handful beansprouts
  • handful coriander, leaves picked
  • handful Thai basil, leaves picked
  • Cucumber salad (see recipe in 'Goes well with' section) lime wedges and cooked rice, to serve

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  1. The night before, pierce the chicken skin all over with a skewer, place in a non-metallic dish and pour over the fish sauce. Give it a good rub, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. The next day, heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix the coconut milk with the lemongrass, lime leaves and ginger. Drain the chicken of any excess fish sauce, pour the coconut mixture over and cover with foil.
  3. Cook in the oven for 15 mins, then turn down the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, remove the foil and bake for 1 hr or until the juices run clear when a skewer is pushed into the thickest part of the thigh. Lift the chicken onto a board, cover with foil and leave to rest.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Melt the coconut cream in a pan and continue cooking until almost starting to brown. Add the curry paste and cook for 1 min until fragrant, stirring all the time. Add the coconut milk, palm sugar and fish sauce, and bring to the boil. Add the torn lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal, and cook for 20 mins, stirring frequently until the flavour intensifies.
  5. Take off the heat and add the sugar snap peas and beansprouts. Taste and season with more fish sauce or sugar if needed. Pour the curry dressing into a serving dish, and sprinkle over the coriander and Thai basil.
  6. Tear the chicken into bits and pile onto a platter. Serve with the curry dressing, Cucumber salad (right), lime wedges and rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2014

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