We have a couple of birthdays this month so we’ve gathered together at the beach hut to have a little party and we cooked Moroccan Spiced Chicken Flatbreads on the fire pit. Having your favourite people around you while you cook and everyone eats together is the best way to celebrate especially when you’ve got a few age ranges to celebrate!
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So that we all could enjoy the party, I prepped the chicken and a richly spiced buttermilk marinade ahead of time and simply placed everything in a sealable bag ready to go on the fire as soon as it’s nice and hot. So none of that mixing and chopping at the last-minute. More time for talking and laughing. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen when the party is in full swing?
Build your fire/bbq and once up to temperature add your skillet or frying pan to the heat. Then check it’s nice and hot by adding a small amount of the chicken and if it has a good sizzle then you are ready to go. Add the chicken spoonful at a time so not to overcrowd your pan, which will reduce the heat. We want it good and hot so it cooks the chicken thoroughly.
You will see that I added lemon halves to the marinade and once cooked these become all charred and the insides all jammy. When the dish is ready, squeeze out the flesh and it makes to most delicious addition to the final dish.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow to rest for a few minutes while you heat the flatbreads on the fire and get the toppings together.
I made two toppings, again ahead of time: a roasted red pepper salad with walnuts and pomegranate molasses; and a citrus, garlic and herb yoghurt dip. You could also add a shop-bought hummus and jazz it up with a few additional ingredients as I did HERE.
We all tucked in and all had seconds so this does make a generous amount for 10 people which is want you want in a party – lots of chat, food and laughter.
A delicious richly spiced buttermilk marinade that can be made ahead of time.
Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads
6 chicken breasts, cubed
2 lemons, halved and juice of 1
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red chilli, halved
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
half teaspoon ground ginger
half teaspoon turmeric
half teaspoon ground cinnamon
good grinding of sea salt and black pepper
handful of fresh coriander, stalks and leaves finely chopped
Place the chicken in a large sealable bag and then add the remaining ingredients and massage the bag until well combined and chicken covered.
Allow to marinade for 2-4 hours.
Get a head tip: Let the chicken marinade to work its marinade so you can enjoy the party and it’s ready and waiting for you.
Roasted Red Pepper Salad
Delicious on it’s own with feta cheese or as a topping to wraps and flatbreads
3 red peppers, cut into quarters and all seeds removed
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
small handful walnut pieces
2 large sprigs fresh mint, finely shredded
pinch of chilli flakes
Place the prepared red peppers under the grill and grill until blackened.
Remove from the heat and place in a bag for around 10 minutes.
Remove from the bag and peel off the blackened skin and then slice thinly.
Place in a bowl along with the oil, pomegranate molasses and garlic and stir to combine.
Sprinkle over the walnut pieces and the fresh mint and chilli flakes
Citrus and Garlic Yoghurt Dip
300g Greek Yoghurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
couple of dashes of Tabasco
zest of half lemon
50g or small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
50g or small handful fresh coriander, finely chopped
30g fresh mint, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the yoghurt in a large dish add the garlic, Tabasco and lemon zest. Stir until well combined.
Add the fresh herbs and combine gently until just combined. Season with salt and pepper and serve.