Ottolenghi’s Chicken all-in-one traybake, according to me!

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If you haven’t tried my Mediterranean Chicken Pilaf, you’re missing out on a great dinner-time favourite – for both friends and family – http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/mediterranean-chicken-pilaf/.
But here’s another All-in-one Chicken recipe – perfect for easy entertaining, and more than suitable for a family dinner too.   It’s based on one of Ottolenghi’s that I read in the paper recently. I’ve exchanged Bulgar wheat for the split peas in his recipe, simply because I like Bulgar wheat; I’ve also used Chicken Supremes, because I prefer them to chicken legs too :) – I know, it’s all about me, right? – Just give it a go and see how you get on – we can always go crawling back to himself if it goes pear-shaped.. (but it won’t!)
EQUIPMENT:
  • A large lasagne or roasting tin – big enough to fit the chicken portions comfortably
  • Sieve                                Chicken Coriander and Bulgar one pot (1)
  • Pestle and mortar
  • frying pan
  • Large bowl
  • Tin foil.
  • Small bowl
  • pastry brush, or a piece of scrunched-up kitchen roll
INGREDIENTS: This recipe is for 4 people, but to feed more all you have to do is add a chicken portion per person, and up the quantities of the other ingredients slightly..
  • 4 Chicken Supremes, skin on.
  • 1 big juicy orange, quartered
  • 1 whole garlic clove, cut in half through the equator

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  • 1 large mild green chili, finely chopped (leave the seeds in if you’re looking for some heat)
  • 4-6 Banana shallots, peeled and cut in two longways.
  • 1 tsp chipotle chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil – plus a further tablespoon in a small bowl
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup – plus a further tablespoon in the same bowl as the extra oil
  • Salt
  • 750ml chicken stock
  • 200g Bulgar Wheat – well rinsed, see NOTES
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lime juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Coriander, roughly chopped
METHOD:
  • Rinse the Bulgar. See NOTES
  • Heat the oven to 180 fan
  • Dry-fry the Coriander and Cumin seeds until they’re fragrant, then tip them into a pestle and roughly crunch them up  – then tip them into a large bowl
  • Add the oil, maple syrup , orange pieces, green chilli, Chipotle chilli flakes, chicken, shallots, garlic  and some salt and pepper to the bowl and mix it up well with your hands.
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Adding the crushed coriander and cumin seeds

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Adding the maple Syrup to the marinade

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Shallots, garlic, chicken.. all the marinade ingredients

  • You can prepare the dish as far ahead as this and keep it, well covered, in the fridge for a couple of hours..
  • Drain the Bulgar and spread it around the bottom of the Lasagne dish.

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  • Add the hot Chicken stock.
  • Gently tip the contents of the bowl, including the marinade, into the baking dish on top of the Bulgar and stock. Spread it around evenly.
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Cover with foil, then it’s ready for the oven.

  • Make sure the Chicken is skin-side UP.
  • Cover with a sheet of tinfoil and give it an hour in the oven at 180 fan.
  • After the hour, take off the foil, and give the whole thing a gentle stir.
  • Mix the reserved Oil and maple Syrup together, then paint the chicken generously with it.

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  • Put the whole dish back into the oven for a further 20-30 minutes until the skin on the chicken is browned and crispy, and the Bulgar is cooked. (you’ll need to taste the Bulgar)

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  • Remove the garlic cloves (when they’ve cooled a little) and squeeze the cooked pulp out over the dish and mix in gently. Discard the shells.
  • Taste for seasoning (I sprinkled over some Maldon sea salt)
  • Squeeze the lime juice over, and serve garnished with a generous sprinkle of chopped fresh Coriander.

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NOTES:
  • Don’t rinse the Bulgar until shortly before you’re ready to cook it. To rinse – just measure the Bulgar into the sieve and place it over a suitable-sized bowl. Let the cold tap water run over it, shaking well, until the bowl is full. Shake the Bulgar a few more times while it’s soaking, then run fresh water through it, and drain well before you transfer it to the baking dish.
  • The flavour of the roasted orange goes very well with the Coriander in the marinade.
  • I initially made this just for me and Mr Saturday Night, so here are the quantities I used: 2 chicken Supremes, 100g Bulgar, 4 shallots, 1 small orange (as you can see I only had a Blood Orange), 1 teaspoon of the toasted coriander/cumin mix, small bulb of garlic, cut in two, 500mls hot Chicken stock. I’d say 50g of Bulgar per person is a good portion size.
  • I think that this dish would be great with skin-on and bone-in Chicken thighs for a big crowd.
  • You could also use just individual cloves of garlic, then squeeze the cooked flesh out as before.

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