Chicken Kontosouvli

Chicken Kontosouvli

Serves 8-10

To marinate the chicken thighs
2kg chicken thighs, skinless and deboned
30g basil
15g parsley
15g mint
zest of 2 limes
160g olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the garlic mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1 tsp grapeseed oil
2 Tbsp mayonnaise

For the pickled cabbage
120g red cabbage, thinly sliced
20g white caster sugar
60g white wine vinegar

To finish
reserved cooked Kontosouvli, sliced
flatbreads, to serve
60g reserved herb paste
reserved pickled cabbage
reserved garlic mayonnaise
Sriracha, to taste
reserved lime halves

Divide the chicken thighs in half and trim into equal square pieces. Set aside in a bowl.

Blend the herbs, lime zest and olive oil to a rough paste. Set 60g of this herb paste aside for use in finishing the dish. Smash the garlic cloves with the base of a knife and mix into the remaining herb mixture. Add the marinade to the chicken. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. Do not discard the zested limes – cut them in half and reserve for later.

Using the attachments from the Hub or Fusion BBQ, add the first fork onto the spit attachment and slide on one of the halved limes. Season the marinated chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper and skewer on one piece at a time turning the pieces 45° each time to ensure an even shape along the rod. Once all the meat is added, slide the second lime on and use the forks to hold the meat together. In the meantime, preheat the BBQ.

When the coals are ready for cooking, place the spit on setting 2 and begin the rotation. Monitor the heat topping up the coals when needed. It is important to maintain a surface temperature of around 100°C. Allow the chicken to reach a core temp of 65°C then lower the setting to 1 to colour the outside of the chicken. Remove the rod and rest on a cooling rack placed over a tray for 10 minutes before carving the chicken. Reserve the cooked lime halves for dressing.

To make the garlic mayonnaise, place the grapeseed oil and the garlic on a piece of tin foil and wrap tightly into a parcel. Place the parcel on a corner of the grill where the heat is low, less than 140°C.

Leave to cook until the garlic is very soft and golden brown. Remove from the heat and squeeze the garlic flesh out of the skin into a bowl. Crush any remaining bits of the garlic with a fork and add to the bowl. Add the mayonnaise and stir well to mix. Season and set aside.

Make the pickled cabbage by combining the vinegar and sugar in a small pan and heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Leave to cool, then add the cabbage, allowing to pickle for at least 2 hours.

Season to taste.

To assemble, spread the cooked, sliced chicken on a flatbread. Spoon over the reserved herb paste and top with some pickled cabbage. Dress with the garlic mayo and Sriracha chilli sauce. Season with salt and a squeeze of the roasted limes.