Recipe: Lemon and honey-flavoured chicken with zebra tomatoes and haricots
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
- Sea salt and pepper
- 4 chicken legs (about 2 pounds; 900g), each cut in half, or 8 drumsticks
- 4 green zebra tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 cup unpitted black kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 pound (450 g) haricots verts (thin French green beans)
- 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, honey, oregano, garlic, and oil. Season with sea salt and pepper and mix until smooth. Arrange the chicken legs in an oven dish and coat them with this sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2 Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Add the tomatoes, olives, and 1/4 cup water to the chicken, place in the oven, and bake for 50 minutes, or until golden brown.
3 While the chicken is cooking, blanch the haricots verts in a pot of salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse them under cold water to stop them from cooking; set aside. Five minutes before the chicken is done, add the haricots verts to the dish. When you’re ready to serve, add the parsley. Enjoy with steamed potatoes, mashed potatoes, or steamed rice on the side — and don’t forget the bread to sop up the sauce.
4 Note on brining meat: When you take the time to brine legs of chicken, for example, you end up with extremely tender meat. The way I do it is as follows: For the brine, count about 1 quart (4 cups) water for every pound (450 g) of chicken. For 2 quarts, use 1/2 cup kosher salt, 3 tablespoons of sea salt, and 4 tablespoons of fine sugar. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and immerse the chicken legs in this salty water. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. When ready to use, drain the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels.
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Excerpted from La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre. Copyright © 2012 by Beatrice Peltre. Excerpted by permission of Roost Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.