Chipotle-roasted chicken with plum and tarragon salad

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8 chicken thighs (1.2kg), skin on and bone in, patted dry

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 large whole dried chipotle chilli, roughly chopped

50ml olive oil

2 lemons – finely grate the zest of 1 and shave 3 strips of peel from the other

3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

4 firm plums (360g), each cut into 8 wedges

15g tarragonleaves

20ml red-wine vinegar

Salt and black pepper


Add the chicken to a large bowl with the garlic, chilli, three tablespoons of oil, the lemon zest, a teaspoon of salt and plenty of pepper. Mix to combine, cover and marinate in the fridge for at least an hour – preferably overnight.

Heat the oven to 200C/390F/gas 6. Add the Worcestershire sauce to the bowl with the chicken, mix well, and then transfer to a 30cm x 20cm high-sided baking tray, skin side up. Roast for 15 minutes, baste, increase the temperature to 230C/450F/gas 8, and roast for another 20 minutes or so, until cooked through. Baste again halfway through so the chicken is crisp and a deep golden-brown.

Make the salad as close as you can to serving. Finely chop the strips of lemon peel and add to a bowl with the plums, tarragon, vinegar, the remaining teaspoon of oil, a pinch of salt and a good grind of pepper. Toss everything together and serve alongside the chicken.

2 Review(s)


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  • Recipes Chicken goes with plums!
    (30/03/2019) Whoever thought that hot chicken and plums would go together? Well clearly Y.O. did. This is so simple and delicious. I used chipotle chilli flakes from a jar. I mixed the whole salad in with the chicken just before serving, as per the photo rather than per the instructions. Think it's better to have the plums slightly warmed up.
  • Recipes Excellent Chicken Recipe
    (04/10/2018) I made this according to recipe with the exception that I subbed a chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce for a dried one (our store didn't have the dried chiles). The chicken was juicy and delicious, and the sauce so good! It's an easy dish. The plum salad was a nice accompaniment.