Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sunday Dinner: World Cup Edition

 To celebrate our household's World Cup obsession over the past few weeks, I made Piri-Piri Chicken from next months Bon Appétit, then  served with some grilled sweet potatoes and fresh corn... YUM.

Here is what Bon Appetit, has to say about Piri-Piri Chicken:  Piri-piri chicken is a spicy dish with roots in both Africa and Portugal. The dish was created in Angola and Mozambique when Portuguese settlers arrived with chile peppers (known as piri-piri in Swahili).

Dinner was perfect... once we got to eat it.   Right before we sat down the police knocked on our door, because apparently during a traffic stop the guy got out of the car and started running down the alley jumping backyard fences.   So... police came in and found the guy HIDING IN MY GARAGE... seriously!   Worst part is my trusty watchdog was too busy in the kitchen salivating beneath the butcher block/resting chicken to realized someone was on her turf... oy vey.

P.S. I am also wondering how I am going to fit both soccer and tennis into my life this week... good thing it is just the early rounds of Wimbledon this week...

Piri-Piri Chicken
July, Bon Appetit


3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons piri-piri sauce or other hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
1 large shallot, peeled, quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup piri-piri sauce or other hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, backbone removed, opened flat

For glaze:
Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cilantro and garlic; cook until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add piri-piri sauce and lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes.

For chicken:
Finely chop cilantro, ginger, shallot, and garlic in processor. Add piri-piri sauce, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, coarse salt, and pepper; process marinade to blend.
Place chicken, skin side up, on work surface. Using palm of hand, press on breastbone to flatten chicken. Tuck wing tips under. Pour half of marinade into 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Open chicken like book; place skin side down in single layer in dish. Pour remaining marinade over. Cover; chill at least 4 hours or overnight, turning chicken occasionally.
Remove top rack from barbecue. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). If using 2-burner gas grill, light 1 burner. If using 3-burner gas grill, do not light center burner. If using charcoal grill, light briquettes in chimney and pour onto 1 side of lower grill rack. Place disposable aluminum pan on unlit part of grill. Place upper grill rack on barbecue; brush with oil.
Remove chicken from marinade. Arrange skin side up on grill rack above drip pan. Cover barbecue; grill until skin is browned and instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, turning often, about 40 minutes. Transfer to platter. Pour warm glaze over.

1 comment:

  1. that is crazy! and yes, i feel the same way about the soccer and the tennis, they both need my full attention.