Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Rach Eats Lunch: Piri Piri Chicken

Piri Piri chicken and chips easy recipe

(Just so you know, it's not burnt, it's marinated, okay?)

I can hardly believe the Easter holidays I've had. Honestly, for you this is just another recipe day, but in my life it's been two weeks between recipes. And oh boy, have I had a good time. I've properly rested, and gone so many amazing places. Oh, and I turned 30. Bloody hell. As the old saying goes, "Life is what happens when you make plans," and my initial plan of visiting a bird reserve went totally out the window when I, well, acquired myself a kidney infection. But I also learned just how fabulous our local out of hours service is, so there's that. Instead, on my birthday, we popped out for brunch and had a walk around the local lake. I even met a Very Good Boy called Harvey, a lovely little French bulldog who suffers from social anxiety. D'aww. All I can say is it was low key and yet we still did something. Oh, and then we nipped to London on the Tuesday and I had a ride on the London Eye. And we visited the bird reserve I wanted to see at the weekend just gone. Whoa em gee! I'm going to talk about all of this properly soon - in fact there's probably an adventures post coming up shortly. But oh god, it feels so good to be back, talking to strangers on the internet. If you're a stranger reading this, leave me a comment! Honestly, I'd appreciate it.

Today's recipe is finally happening because we've finally got some chicken in the freezer. Yep. I meant to do this last time but yeah, it didn't happen. In fact, our freezer is so full I could make meals for years. Well, at least we're ready for any apocalypses. I'm not saying there's going to be more than one. I mean, how would we know there'd be a second anyway? And how do I even know if there's going to be one in the first place? (*reads the news, sips her tea*) Anyways! Before I freak you all out and make you stockpile loo roll and baked beans (only one is edible), this is piri piri chicken, served the way you might have seen it being served in certain places nationwide. It's ridiculously easy too - just double up on the ingredients per person eating. And, best of all, enjoy!

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Piri Piri Chicken
Feeling hot hot hot? You will be after this!
  • 1 frozen chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon piri piri sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 large portion oven chips
  • 56g self raising flour
  • 30g plain soya yoghurt
Start off by defrosting the chicken breast, in a glass oven dish, for about an hour to two hours. Come back to it and grab a mug - add the piri piri sauce and the soy sauce, mixing it together until not too thick, not too thin.Pour the piri piri marinade over the chicken, covering it thoroughly, then pop the whole dish in the fridge for at least another hour, or until you need it. While we wait, arrange some chips onto a tray! Also, while we wait, grab a large bowl and stir in the flour and yoghurt until it forms a sticky pliable dough. Roll it out between two bits of baking paper and leave it ready for later.Preheat the oven to 180℃ and pop both the chicken and chips in the oven - cooking it for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is piping hot and looking properly sticky and lush. Oh, and the chips need to be done too!During the last five minutes of cooking time, heat up the panini press and add the flatbread to it for 3 minutes until thick, fluffy and hot! Remove it from the panini press and add it to a plate. Next, add the cooked chicken and chips. And then... devour immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1

Okay, this was superb - brilliantly spicy, easy lunch or tea, perfect for anyone dying for a fakeaway chicken fix. To the kitchen you go!

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