27 January 2009

Pacific lime chicken

I wasn't going to blog about this chicken dish, mainly because I find it impossible to take a half decent picture of chicken portions, I don't know why, I just can't make them look nice, I really need to work on my plating up skills, lol. However as soon as I tasted this dish I knew I had to post about it as it is, by far, the most delicious chicken recipe I have tried in a long while.

The recipe comes from Diana Henry's Cook Simple, a fantastic book that I have lusted over for months and finally picked it up. I have heard many good things about this book from other bloggers and on foodie forums and new this would be a great book for me, I'm not disappointed, in fact it is one of the few books I own that I could quite easily cook everything in it.

This is the very first recipe in the book and as I had everything to hand I gave it a go, so glad I did, everyone raved about this chicken, in fact my son and I resorted to spooning the leftover cooked marinade out of the dish stove-side, we couldn't get enough. I have mentioned before of my love of sticky chicken, this is super sticky and the limes really come though, I find that a lot of marinades don't really penetrate the meat, this really did and I only left it a few hours, overnight marinating would be spectacular.

Pacific lime chicken - serves 4

8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on

wedges of lime, to serve


5 tbsp runny honey

5tbsp dark soy sauce

juice of 4 limes

3tsp soft brown sugar

3 garlic cloves, crushed or grated

leaves from 5 sprigs of thyme

black pepper

Mix all the marinade ingredients together. Make incisions in the underside of the chicken and pour the marinade over it. Cover with cling film. If you have time, leave the chicken to marinate - anything from 15 minutes to the whole afternoon - in the refrigerator, turning the chicken pieces every so often.

Lift the chicken out of the marinade and put it in a small roasting tin or shallow gratin dish; it needs to lie in a single layer. Roast in an oven preheated to 190c/ gas mark 5 for 35-40 minutes, basting every so often with the leftover marinade and cooking juices until cooked through. If it gets too dark in colour, cover the dish with foil. The finished dish will be sticky and glossy. Serve with fresh limes, cut into wedges or halves.


Coby said...

How fabulous! They look beautiful to me, and I can't wait to try this recipe:) The book you speak of has just arrived (yesterday) at our home, being a late Christmas gift:):) I'm going to be your shadow now Erica!

arista said...

That sounds really delicious and tangy. The photo works well because it makes me want to pick up one of those chicken pieces and scoff it!

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks very tasty!

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Coby it is a fabulous book, I especially love the Spanish and Moroccan inspired recipes, my two favourite cuisines. I am so taken with this book that I have ordered another of Diana's books, I hope it arrives soon.

Maria said...

Wow this Pacific Lime Chicken looks so tasty!! I have Diana Henry's Cook Simple book, so will check out this recipe.


Coby said...

I hope you blog about ANY of her recipes that you make Erica:) I can't wait until there is some cooking weather here so I can really get into the kitchen:)

Rosie said...

WOW oh WOW this Pacific Lime Chicken looks amazing Erica!!

Rosie x