African Chicken

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Contributed by: Chef Florita Alves

Courtesy of Chef Florita Alves

Every year 1/6th of the world’s population — including 1 billion Chinese citizens -celebrate the Chinese New Year.The Spring Festival as it’s commonly known, falls on the 2nd new moon after the winter solstice and festivities revolve around warding off a mythical beast called Nian, or “Year.”

Based on the ancient Chinese calendar, this custom is said to date back as far as the 23rd century BC.On the eve of Chinese New Year families gather for an annual reunion dinner, which involves cleansing the home of ill-fortune and decorating it with red paper-cuts representing happiness and wealth. Red envelopes filled with money are gifted to friends and lovedones, and firecrackers are lit as part of the tradition.The best part of the evening? A traditional Chinese feast.

Chef Florita Alves and Jeremy Pang share the recipe they use to make an African Chicken; roasted chicken marinated with mixed spices, coated with tropical ingredients. To watch an instructional video please visit the link by clicking here.

African Chicken

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Chef Florita Alves and Jeremy Pang share the recipe they use to make an African Chicken; roasted chicken marinated with mixed spices, coated with tropical ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chickens
  • 100 g Garlic
  • 300g of Onion
  • 250g of Red chili
  • 100g of Shallot
  • 20g of Paprika
  • 2 Lemons
  • 200g of Butter
  • 300ml of White wine
  • 200ml of Coconut milk
  • Olive oil, peppercorns, mixed spices, salt, pepper, shredded coconut and bay leaf (as needed)

Directions:

  1. To make the paste use a food processor to blend the onion, chili, shallot, peppercorns and garlic. Add in half the butter and paprika. (Can be prepared in advance)
  2. Clean the chicken and cut in half, press chicken down to flatten. Rub the chicken with salt, pepper, lemon and bay leaves.
  3. Spread half of the paste over the chicken, leaving it to marinate for at least two hours.
  4. To make the basting sauce combine the remaining chili paste, coconut milk, shredded coconut and butter.
  5. Preheat the over to 200oC. Fill a roasting tray with boiling water and put a grill tray on top. Place the chicken on the grill and bring to roast at 200oC for about 45 minutes.
  6. Baste, regularly with the above sauce. Before serving pour sauce thoroughly.

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