Spice-Rubbed Chicken With Kumquat-Lemongrass Dressing

Spice-Rubbed Chicken With Kumquat-Lemongrass Dressing
Spice-Rubbed Chicken With Kumquat-Lemongrass Dressing

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • DRESSING:

  • 1 1/2

    cups sliced lemongrass* - (6 stalks)

  • 1/2

    cup fresh lime juice

  • 1/4

    cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon finely-chopped kaffir lime leaves* (or 1 tbspn finely-grated lime peel)

  • 2

    tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2

    cup chopped shallots (2 to 3 large)

  • 1/2

    cup chopped peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 1/2

    cups thinly-sliced kumquats seeded

  • 1

    red Thai chile sliced thin rounds

  • CHICKEN:

  • 2

    tablespoons sugar

  • 4

    teaspoons turmeric

  • 1

    teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3

    boned chicken halves (from 3 1/3 lb chickens; or 3 boneless

  • chicken breast halves with skin and 6 boneless chicken thighs with skin)

  • Chopped fresh cilantro for serving

Directions

* Available in the produce section of some supermarkets and Asian markets. For dressing: Bring first 5 ingredients to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool lemongrass syrup; strain into small bowl. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and ginger; sauté 5 minutes. Add kumquats and lemongrass syrup; simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat. Mix in chile; cool. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For chicken: Place large rack on large rimmed baking sheet. Mix sugar, turmeric, and cayenne in small bowl. Sprinkle chicken on both sides with salt and generous amount of spice mixture. Arrange chicken, skin-side down, on rack. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours or cover and chill overnight. Preheat broiler. Broil chicken halves on rack on baking sheet until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and broil until skin is charred, about 5 minutes, or broil chicken parts 1 minute, then turn and broil until skin is charred, about 5 minutes. Remove from broiler. Set oven temperature at 450 degrees. Roast chicken on rack on same sheet until cooked through, about 25 minutes for halves and 14 minutes for parts. Transfer chicken halves to board. Cut each into 4 pieces, or cut each chicken breast in half and leave thighs intact. Arrange chicken on platter. Spoon dressing over; sprinkle with cilantro. This recipe yields 6 small servings.

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