Piri Piri chicken with dressed potatoes, pocket salad and quick Portuguese tarts
Published 22/01/2011 | 11:20
You will need: For the chicken
4 large chicken thighs, skin on and bone in, preferably higher welfare
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
6 sprigs fresh thyme
For the potatoes
1 medium potato
2 sweet potatoes
1 fresh red chilli
Bunch of fresh coriander
50g feta cheese
For the piri piri sauce
1 red onion
4 cloves garlic
1-2 bird’s-eye chillies
2 tbsps sweet smoked paprika
4 tbsps white-wine vinegar
2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
Large bunch of fresh basil
For the salad
1x100g bag pre-washed wild rocket
For the seasoning
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
For the tarts (makes six)
Plain flour, for dusting
1x375g pack pre-rolled puff pastry
125g crème fraîche
1 egg, preferably free-range or organic
1 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract
5 tbsps golden caster sugar
Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn the oven on to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Put a large griddle pan on a high heat.
Chicken: Put the chicken thighs on a plastic chopping board, skin-side down, and slash the meat on each one a few times. Drizzle with olive oil and season, then put on the griddle pan that is heating up, skin-side down. Cook until golden underneath, then turn over. Wash your hands.
Tarts: Dust a clean surface with flour. Unroll the sheet of pastry, then cut it in half so you end up with two 20cm x 20cm squares of pastry (put one in the fridge for another day). Sprinkle over a few good pinches of ground cinnamon, then roll the pastry into a Swiss roll shape and cut into six rounds. Put these into six of the holes in a muffin tin, and use your thumbs to stretch and mould the pastry into the holes so that the bottom is flat and the pastry comes up to the top.
Put on the top shelf of the oven and cook for around eight to 10 minutes (set the timer), or until lightly golden.
Potatoes: Wash the potato and sweet potatoes and halve lengthways. Put them into a large microwave-safe bowl with half alemon. Cover with clingfilm and put into the microwave on full power for 15 minutes.
Chicken: Turn the chicken over.
Tarts: Spoon the crème fraîche into a small bowl. Add the egg, vanilla paste or extract, one tablespoon of golden caster sugar and the zest of one orange. Mix well.
Piri piri sauce: Peel and roughly chop the red onion and add to the liquidiser with four peeled cloves of garlic. Add the chillies (stalks removed), two tablespoons of paprika, the zest of two lemons and the juice of one lemon.
Add four tablespoons of white-wine vinegar, two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, a good pinch of salt and pepper, the large bunch of basil and a swig of water. Blitz until smooth.
Chicken: Slice the peppers into strips and add to the griddle pan. Turn the heat down to medium and keep moving the peppers around.
Tarts: Take the muffin tin out of the oven and use a teaspoon to press the puffed-up pastry back to the sides and make room for the filling.
Spoon the crème fraîche mixture into the tart cases and return to the top shelf of the oven. Set the timer for eight minutes.
Chicken: Pour the piri piri sauce into a snugfitting roasting tray. Lay the peppers on top and put aside. Add the chicken to the roasting tray with the sauce. Scatter over the sprigs of thyme, then put the tray into the middle of the oven.
Tarts: Put a small saucepan on a high heat. Squeeze in the juice from the zested orange and add four tablespoons of golden caster sugar. Stir and keep a good eye on it, but remember caramel can burn badly so don't touch or taste.
Potatoes: Finely chop the red chilli and most of the coriander on a board, mixing as you go. Add the feta and keep chopping and mixing.
Chicken: Take the tarts out of the oven and move the chicken up to the top shelf to cook for around 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
Tarts: Pour some caramel over each tart (they'll still be wobbly, but that's good). Put aside to set.
Salad: Quickly dress the rocket, still in its bag, with extra virgin olive oil, a good pinch of salt and pepper and the juice of half a lemon. Tip into a bowl and take to the table.
Potatoes: Check the potatoes are cooked through, then use tongs to squeeze over the cooked lemon. Add the coriander mixture from the chopping board and mix everything together. Season, then take to the table.
Get the tray of chicken out of the oven, sprinkle over a few coriander leaves and take straight to the table