Recipe

Capricious chicken

This boisterous dish features moist chicken breast marinated in lemon, herbs and spices. Served with fresh vegetables and a pungent mayonnaise, it will sing off the plate at a birthday or any social occasion.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Mayonnaise
  • 2 organic egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoon (40ml) lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 cup (300ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Marinade
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium fresh red chillies, chopped, optional
  • 4 fresh bay leaves, chopped
Capricious chicken
  • 6 organic chicken breast fillets
  • 1 baby cos lettuce
  • 1 small radicchio lettuce
  • 1 large (350g) red capsicum
  • 1 large (350g) yellow capsicum
  • 4 young celery sticks
  • 4 medium (480mg) carrots
  • 3 cup home-made mayonnaise (see below) freshly ground black pepper and murray river salt
  • 80 gram baby rocket leaves
  • 1/2 cup (80g) toasted pine nuts

Method

Capricious chicken
  • 1
    To make marinade, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • 2
    Pour marinade over chicken, in a shallow oven-proof dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, to make mayonnaise, whisk egg yolks with mustard until combined. Add oil drop by drop, whisking constantly. As it begins to thicken, increase oil flow to thin, steady stream, whisking constantly. Add some lemon juice, then continue with the oil until all the oil and lemon juice have been used. Taste and add salt.
  • 4
    Preheat the oven to moderately hot (200°C/180°C fan-forced).
  • 5
    Heat a large cast-iron griddle pan (or barbecue or frying pan). When hot, add the drained chicken to pan; cook until browned on both sides. Return chicken to marinade dish; roast in a moderately hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until just cooked through. Allow to cool. Cut the chicken into 2cm-thick slices.
  • 6
    Wash and spin-dry the lettuce leaves. On a platter, arrange baby cos lettuce and top with radicchio. Cut remaining vegetables into long, thin strips. Add about 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise to the vegetables in a bowl; mix through. Scatter vegetables over the lettuce.
  • 7
    Arrange chicken slices on top of vegetables: season with salt and pepper. Top with the rocket and toasted pine nuts.
  • 8
    Serve with the remaining mayonnaise on the side.

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