I really enjoyed the recent Jamie Oliver "30-minute meals" series - some very good ideas! I was smitten by the crispy chicken with kim chee slaw, noodles and curry sauce. His technique for pressing the chicken with a heated, weighted pan to speed up the cooking is very clever! So I had decided that that was what was for dinner. Although I didn't have all the bits for the green curry sauce so I took a big cheat and decided to use my favourite laksa kit to make a thick, rich sauce.
But then Paul threw a spanner in the works and decided that the weather was too good not to have the first barbecue of spring. Easy enough to work around (although it meant I didn't get to try the nifty weighted pan trick) - the chicken was done on the Weber, while the noodles, salad and sauce were done indoors.
I think the charcoal must have been a bit damp - it threw off sparks like fireworks.
Chicken grilled over charcoal is just so damn good. I didn't add the honey and sesame seeds as I would have cooking in the pan - these were absolutely plain, letting the meat and charcoal speak for themselves, while the laksa sauce and cool, crunchy salad provided a spicy background.
I think the kim chee slaw is going to appear on our table a lot this summer. The combination of flavours is bright and sparky and goes brilliantly with grilled meat.
You'll be pleased to hear that having the two chicken legs in the bowl was just for photographic purposes! Even I can't eat a portion that big, and no one minds having cold barbecued chicken for lunch the following day.