Chipotle miso chicken

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
over 2 hours

Serves
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 x 1.8kg/4lb chicken
  • 50g/1¾oz long-grain rice
  • 150g/5½oz white miso paste
  • 150g/5½oz chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 125ml/4fl oz soured cream
  • 1 romaine lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 radicchio, leaves separated
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 green chilli, thinly sliced
  • 3 stalks fresh mint
  • 5 stalks fresh coriander
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/120C Fan/Gas 1. Open up the chicken cavity, pull the legs apart as much as possible to enable the heat to cook the bird evenly, put it in a roasting tin and season with salt. Roast the chicken for 3 hours, basting the skin with the juices halfway through. Using a meat thermometer, check that the internal temperature reaches 75C. To further check that the chicken is cooked through, make sure the juices run clear with no trace of pink when the thickest part of the leg, between the drumstick and the thigh, is pierced with a skewer.

  2. Preheat the grill or barbecue to very hot.

  3. Toast the rice in a dry, medium-hot pan until coloured. Tip into a food processor and blend to a coarse powder. Tip into a bowl and set aside.

  4. Blend the miso and chipotle in a food processor until smooth.

  5. Joint the chicken into six or eight pieces. Grill the pieces under the grill or on the hot barbecue for 5–6 minutes to colour the skin.

  6. Stir a dash of water into the soured cream.

  7. To serve, lay the salad leaves on a serving platter and put the chicken on top. Season well with salt and pepper. Cover the chicken with the miso-chipotle paste, drizzle over the soured cream, sprinkle over the sesame seeds, chilli, rice powder and herb stalks and serve.