Sweet and sticky with crisp skin, this recipe makes the most of chicken thighs.
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2 lemons, juice only
good squeeze or two of runny honey
dollop grainy mustard
2 garlic cloves, crushed
6 large chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
sea salt, to taste
2-3 preserved lemons
handful green olives, pits removed, sliced
small handful fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves only
Preheat the oven at 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Place the peppercorns into a pestle and mortar and grind until roughly crushed. Add these to a large bowl together with the lemon juice, honey, mustard and garlic and mix well.
Place the chicken thighs into a large roasting tin and pour the lemon and honey mixture over the chicken, leaving it to marinate for as long as possible. Sprinkle with sea salt, to taste, then cook in the hot oven for 45 minutes, turning halfway through cooking so that the thighs become lovely and sticky.
Meanwhile, cut the preserved lemons open and remove the soft flesh to leave you with just the skin (discard the flesh). Cut the skin into strips and toss together with the olives and parsley. When the chicken is ready, serve sprinkled with the olive, parsley and preserved lemon mixture.
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