Jamie Oliver’s easy gnarly peanut chicken with lime & chilli
2 large chicken breasts
1 Tbsp olive oil + extra for finishing
2 limes, zest and juice
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 – 3 heaped tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 – 2 red chillies, finely chopped (or a pinch of dried chilli flakes)
Salt & pepper
Turn your oven grill on and position the first rack about 10-15 cm from the top.
Cut the chicken in a criss-cross shape about 1/3 of the way into the flesh. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then season with salt & pepper and the finely grated zest of one of the limes. Grate the zest from the other lime, and set aside
Place a 26cm ovenproof skillet on medium-high heat and put the cold chicken breasts into the pan, cut side down.
While that starts cooking, mix the following ingredients into a small bowl:
Juice from the 1.5 limes, 2 – 3 heaped tablespoons peanut butter, the crushed garlic, as much chilli as you can handle and a little hot water to loosen the mixture to a spoonable consistency.
Flip the chicken breast over and cook the underside for about a minute and then spoon over the peanut sauce. Place it under the grill for about 5 minutes until the edges start getting brown and as Jamie Oliver says, ‘gnarly’.
Serve with a light drizzle of olive oil and the zest of the remaining lime, and lime wedges from the remaining half.
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