OK, so chicken is pretty easy, common, dull, boring, run of the mill….or at least that’s what bad cooks would have you believe. There’s nowhere to hide with chicken in my opinion and whilst, yes it is simple, un-challenging and straight forward the mark of a good cook is the ability to turn a simple piece of chicken into something friggin’ exciting.
I love chicken, I love cooking with it because it is a challenge…it looks at you and says…”go on son, do it, turn me into a knicker dropper”…..and I did……..
Make enough for 4 skewers and two people
8 large, free range chicken thighs – boned and skinned
1 tps hot chili flakes
2 tps celery salt
2 tps salt flakes
2 tps cumin powder
zest of 1 lemon
2 tps sumac
1 tps cracked black pepper
4 tbs olive oil
So, this is probably one of easiest chicken dishes I have ever made…it’s lazy but it will blow your socks off.
Combine all of the above ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl – the marinade needs to kick you in the gut at this stage…don;t fear as it will mellow and ease during the cooking.
Drop in the chicken thighs, smother with the marinade and leave to sit for at least 2 hours (as always over night is best)
When you are ready to cook, simply thread the chicken onto metal skewers and grill under a screaming hot grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Always, always, always cut into the chicken to be 100% sure it is cooked – stuff the timings, they will vary because my grill will be better (maybe) than yours. Use you eyes when cooking chicken and pork do not trust blindly to timings and the quality of you oven!!
To serve whip up a fresh green salad of raw broccoli, red onion and salad leaves