For me, the best meals are those that require little effort but still provide optimum flavour. My smokey honey & garlic baked chicken thighs served alongside Tilda’s new Peri Peri rice is the perfect combination and ideal for a fuss free lunch or dinner.
The honey and garlic marinade is remixed with a bit of smokiness and heat to compliment Tilda’s Peri Peri rice. The new limited edition rice, now available in most supermarkets until autumn, is one of my favourites. Not only does it taste good it also requires little time to prep with just 2 minutes in the microwave or stir fried for 3-4 minutes.
For this recipe I made little changes to the rice and kept chicken marinade simple (see below).
6 Chicken thighs (skin on)
Dry Rub Seasoning:
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon White pepper
½ teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked Paprikapaprika
1 x bouillon chicken cube
1 x tablespoon honey
Extra virgin olive oil
Pre-heat your oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
Wash the chicken in lemon water (use half a lemon for this) rinse and pat dry. Make small incisions in the chicken by piercing lightly with a knife. Mix all the dry seasoning in a bowl and season both sides of the chicken.
Drizzle olive oil over the seasoned chicken, for optimum flavour leave to marinate overnight or for up to 2 hours (can be done night before and left to marinate in the fridge until ready to cook, no more than 48 hours).
Heat some oil in a pan, I also like to add a teaspoon of clarified butter which is perfect for giving the chicken skin a golden colour and crispier skin.
Fry the chicken on both sides 3-4 minutes on each side then transfer the pan to the oven or place chicken in baking tray.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
For the Tilda Peri Peri rice, simply microwave for two minutes or heat in a pan. As the rice is packed with different flavours from smoked paprika to garlic and peppers it requires little seasoning. Best served on a platter with a smokey sauce or relish alongside salad or coleslaw. Perfect for when friends come around or simple family dinner.
For more information on the new Tilda peri Peri Peri rice along with recipe inspiration visit www.tilda.com