Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pollo al Mattone - Chicken under a Brick

Pollo al Mattone
 4 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
 1 lemon, zested and juiced
 3 sprigs rosemary, leaves finely chopped
 1/2 teaspoon pimenton
 1 teaspoon toasted ground cumin
 Extra-virgin olive oil
 1 Cornish  hens, butterflied
 Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  3/4 cup chicken stock

 Special equipment: weights such as foil covered bricks or cast iron saute pan
 In a small bowl combine the garlic, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, pimenton, and cumin. Drizzle in olive oil until the mixture becomes a paste. Place the chicken into a large bowl and massage with the spice mixture. Let marinate for 12 to 24 hours in the refrigerator or 2 hours at room temperature.
 * If refrigerating the chicken, remove from the refrigerator 45 minutes to 1 hour before cooking to let the chicken come to room temperature.
 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
 Coat a large saute pan with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Lay the marinated chicken in the pan, skin side down.

Oil the bottom of another large saute pan, lay it on top of the chickens and place bricks or weights in the second saute pan. Cook the chicken until the skin starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Place the whole shootin' match in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
 Remove the pans from the oven and remove the weights and the top pan. At this point the skin should be lovely and dark brown. Check the chicken for doneness, it should be cooked through but still succulent and juicy. Remove the chickens from the pan and reserve on a large platter.
Remove the excess fat from the saute pan and add the chicken stock
 Cook over high heat until the chicken stock has reduced by more than half. season with salt and reduce by half. Arrange chicken on serving plates or a platter. Spoon the juices over.
Tastes like chicken! 

Have A Nice Day
Ady Greatsword Empire Kitchen Recipes,,


  1. Assalamualaikum Ady..emmm nampak sungguh menyelerakan...Simpan resipi dulu, satu hari nanti harus cuba juga ni...

  2. salamekom Adyyyy...mak aiii seksi maut ye ayam tuu posing, geram sungguh nengoknye. Terliur ai...nanti nak godek2 la bila free..

  3. mmmmm.... memang seksi maut ayam tu! rasa nak terkam je...

  4. OMG..Menyelerakan sungguh..Kalah ayam Kenny Rojes....

  5. keluar air liur lihat ayam panggang nya nampak sedap betulll..nyam

  6. wahhh, manyak seksi ayam tu posing ye, geram akk tengok tawww...

  7. sungguh myelerakan ...knny rojes pn x ssdap nie tau..yummy:)

  8. Its really beautiful as it represents the ethnic style to kitchen design. Thanks for sharing this.
    Kitchen designs