Sicilian-style chicken with butter bean salad
For those of us unable to have backyard chooks, what can we do? Quite a lot, actually. Buy organic free-range chickens. For just a couple of extra dollars you will get poultry with many times the flavour. Ask your local butcher about the specialty birds he is able to order in for you.
- 1 x size 15 chicken
- 2 tbsp capers
- zest 4 lemons
- 2 chillies
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 bunch thyme, picked
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 2 anchovies, chopped
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- ½ bunch mint, chopped
1 Puree the capers, zest, chillies, garlic, parsley, thyme and olive oil, then marinade the chicken in a plastic bag in this mixture overnight.
2 Place the chicken on a wire rack on a baking tray, season with salt and bake at 190°C for 1 hour.
3 Meanwhile, combine the beans, onion, anchovies, mayonnaise and mint, season and serve next to piece of chicken.
Professional Tip: This recipe also works beautifully on the BBQ, simply split the chicken into half or quarters before cooking on low temperature for about 25 minutes.