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Chilli & Garlic Chicken with Preserved Lemon, Mint & Lentil Salad

Course Main Course


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp crushed dried chillies
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 preserved lemon recipe follows
  • ½ cup pitted green olives
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 20 g mint
  • Salt & pepper

Preserved lemon

  • 6 lemons
  • 125 ml ½ cup lemon juice
  • 250 ml 1 cup salt


  • Cut the lemon into quarters and then slice them thinly. Peel the garlic and cut the cloves into thin slices. Combine the lemon and garlic with the dried chillies and 30ml (2 tablespoons) of the olive oil. Rub this marinade all over the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in a Weber over indirect coals for aprox an hour depending on the size of your chicken. The chicken should be golden and the juice in the body cavity should be clear.
  • Put the lentils in a saucepan with the bulb of garlic and the red chilli and cover with water. Simmer the lentils for aprox 40 minutes until soft. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to lentils to cool in their coking liquid.
  • Chop the red pepper, red onion, cucumber and olives into a neat dice roughly the same size as the lentils. Remove the rind of the preserved lemon and dice. Drain the lentils, remove the garlic and chilli and add all of the chopped vegetables together with the lemon juice and the rest of the olive oil. Roughly chop the mint and add to the salad then season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the chicken into quarters and serve on top of the salad in a large platter.

Preserved Lemons

  • Cut the lemons as if to quarter them but don’t cut through the base so that the quarters remain in tact at the bottom. Fill the lemons with the salt and place them in a glass jar. Pour in the lemon juice and seal the jar. Turn the lemons occasionally so that they are all evenly submerged in the brine. Keep the lemons in the fridge for six weeks before they are ready to use. When they are ready cut away everything except the rind, this is the only part that is usable as the flesh and pith will be too salty. This rind when diced or cut into strips gives a fantastic zing to salsas and dip as well as subtle seasoning when added to soups and stews.


Wine notes
A good wooded white wine would go down a treat, preferably something that could stand up to the spice - a nice fat chardonnay or an aged Semillon for example
Keyword Grill, Healthy