Friday, May 8, 2009

Lemon and chilli marinated chicken

Lemon and chilli marinated chicken / Frango marinado com limão siciliano e pimenta calabresa

Some dishes take me way back to my childhood days - roasted chicken is one of them. My mom loved it and used to make it deliciously well: nicely golden and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, the meat almost falling off the bones. So good! I can almost taste it as I write this. :D

I immediately thought of mom when I saw the “simple chicken classics” spread on the latest DH magazine. Since I had some marvelous lemons around, this is the recipe I chose.

Oh, and before I forget, I have added an ingredient measure list to the blog that might be useful to some of you.

Lemon and chilli marinated chicken / Frango marinado com limão siciliano e pimenta calabresa

Lemon and chilli marinated chicken
slightly adapted from Donna Hay magazine

1 x 1.5g whole chicken, butterflied – or use your favorite chicken parts
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon chilli flakes*
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil – I used garlic infused olive oil

Place the chicken on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Place the garlic, salt, paprika, lemon zest and juice, chilli flakes and oil in a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over the chicken and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC/390ºF. Roast the chicken for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through – I roasted mine for 1 ½ hours to get it really golden.

* the chicken turned out spicy and I loved it but my husband thought it was a bit too hot; therefore, adjust the chilli flakes amount according to your taste.

Serves 4-6

Lemon and chilli marinated chicken / Frango marinado com limão siciliano e pimenta calabresa

18 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

oh this looks so good. i would surely polish off the plate :)

Peter G said...

oooh! How I love the lemon and chili combo...looks delicious!

Kelly said...

That looks lovely! I love a nice piece of roast chicken. So hearty and filling, and so good!

lauresophie said...

what a nice recipe!! I love so much the mix of lemon and chicken. It looks great!

Half Baked said...

Love this recipe! Looks so taste:)

Sarah said...

I just love roasted chicken but I always pretty much make the same recipe. This looks like a great way to change it up!

Abby said...

I also love a good roasted chicken. This looks fabulous.

haleysuzanne said...

Gorgeous! I made something very similar to this a few nights ago. I used more smoked paprika, less lemon, and some honey - it was amazing. But, since I can never get enough of those flavors, I will have to try this roast now, too!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Lemon and chilli and smoked paprika -- sounds amazing! This will definitely be going on the grill some time next week!

Emily said...

Yummy! Your chicken looks sooo good. It's making me hungry.

Pam said...

I marked almost every single chicken recipe in that issue to try! They all sound so good. This looks wonderful!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Natalie, there was nothing left. ;)

Pete, I love lemon in just about anything, too!
Thank you!

Kelly, very comforting and hearting, indeed! Tks!

Laure Sophie, lemon and chilli are great together, I agree!
Thank you!

Half Baked, thank you!

Sarah, I was thrilled to have a new twist on such a favorite dish.

Abby, I love it too - thank you, darling!

Haley Suzanne, thank you! I love the idea of adding honey - I must try your recipe, too!

Lydia, the paprika adds such a nice color, doesn't it?

Emily, thank you!

Pam, my dear, I knew you would love that spread!

Manggy said...

Wha?! Joao thought it was too hot?! It looks more than perfect from here! ;) (then again I adore very spicy flavors :)

ChichaJo said...

I love spicy! I can eat Joao's share, heehee :)

lululu said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. it reminded me of tandoori chicken. of course yours is a new twist!

Pille said...

Patricia, this sounds really-really delicious!!!

Dazy said...

Since you know I like your recipes - just wanted to tell you that I made this dish for son's birthday and it was amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe, it is one we will be enjoying again and again!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Dazy!
I'm so glad to know you enjoyed the recipe, thank you for letting me know!

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