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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Braai Weekend

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Even though it’s a firm favourite amongst many of us South Africans,
General Manager of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, Sean Granger,
states that the one meat that many get wrong cooking is chicken, as
its either over or under cooked.

Granny Mouse has some tips on making your chicken a hot favourite on
braai day, and beyond.

1.        SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN

 

Make sure you cook the chicken slow and steady over medium coals for
about 30-40 minutes. If your coals are too hot, they will just burn
the outside of the bird before the inside is cooked through. Start by
holding the palm of your right hand above the grid for 5 seconds. If
you can manage that safely, it’s time to get cooking. If you have
sufficient space on the grid, keep the main fire going on one side of
the braai so that you can top up the coals as you braai.

2.       CHICKEN PORTIONS

 

Make sure the chicken is at room temperature to ensure even cooking.
If the inside is still ice-cold, the outside will be done while the
inside stays raw.

If marinating, make sure this is done overnight. Brush off excess
marinade before braaiing so that the skin can crisp up nicely. Don’t
cut slits into the meat to “speed up” cooking. This will just dry it
out. Use tongs to turn portions – a fork pierces the skin and dries
out the meat, or enclose portions in a braai grid for easy turning.

 

 

3.        CHICKEN WINGS

 

These are quick-cooking – perfect for grilling over high heat, which
ensures the crispiest skin. You can braai these first while waiting
for the heat of the coals to die down to cook the larger cuts of
chicken. If you can hold your hand above the grid for no more than 2-3
seconds, the coals are ready.

4.       CHICKEN FILLETS

 

As chicken fillets are thicker on one side than the other, they should
always be flattened to ensure even cooking on the braai. These are
great in burgers or salads. This cut doesn’t have moisture from skin
or bones, so be sure to cook over a high heat so the fillet does not
dry out.

 

Garlic and Herb Braai Chicken Wings

Ingredients

·         1/2 cup white wine vinegar

·         1/2 cup white wine

·         5 cloves garlic, smashed

·         8 sprigs fresh thyme

·         1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

·         1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

·         2 tsp Italian seasoning, dried

·         1 tsp sugar

·         2 tsp salt

·         1/4 tsp black pepper

·         1 lemon, zested (no juice, zest only)

·         3/4 cup olive oil

·         1 kg chicken wings, party style

·         Minced parsley, for garnish

Instructions

1.       Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade in a large
bowl and whisk together.

2.       Add the chicken wings and toss well to coat. Cover the bowl
or transfer the wings and marinade to a large ziplock bag and chill
for at least four hours, or overnight.

3.       Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and pat lightly.
Medium heat and lay the wings in a single layer on the grid.

4.       Close the braai and cook for 15 – 20 mins, turning
occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium/low midway through cooking.

5.       Serve garnished with minced parsley, if desired.

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