Grilled flat chicken with broad bean crush

Grilled flat chicken with broad bean crush

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New Middle Eastern Food
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

This flattened chicken dish is cooked under the griller and served smeared with the earthy and spicy broad bean crush. The crush is also delicious on toasted bread, served as a canapé with drinks before dinner.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 x 500g free-range chickens or poussins
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
arabic flatbread and lemon wedges and soft-leaf salad, to serve

Broad bean crush

Quantity Ingredient
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
125g double-peeled broad beans
1 shallot, very finely diced
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
pinch cayenne pepper
freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, juiced

Method

  1. Preheat the griller to its highest temperature and line the griller tray with foil to make cleaning up easier.
  2. To prepare the chickens, cut them down the back and splay them open. Season them with salt and pepper and place them under the griller, skin side down, making sure they are about 3 cm from the heat source. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until the skin starts to blister.
  3. While the chickens are grilling, prepare the broad bean crush. First, pound the garlic and salt to a smooth paste. Next, add the remaining ingredients one by one to the mortar and pound them, or tip everything into a food processor. Either way, what you are aiming for is a sludgy, rough texture.
  4. When the chickens are cooked, smear on the broad bean crush and cook for a few more minutes. Serve with flatbread, lemon wedges and salad.
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