20 minutes, plus 20 minutes soaking and marinating
Meaning 'small chicken skewers' in Portuguese, these espetinhos de frango from Marcello Tully are a prime example of how easy it is to cook delicious Brazilian flavours at home. With zesty lime, fragrant coriander and a little fiery chilli, these chicken skewers are perfect for a summer barbecue. Adjust the heat to taste with more or less chilli as you like.
When Brazilian-born chef Marcello Tully started his career at 14, he may not have anticipated working on the starkly beautiful island of Skye - but then he probably didn’t expect to be crafting some of the most exquisitely refined Scottish-influenced food on the planet, either.
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Add the cubed chicken to a bowl and grate in a little of the lime zest followed by a squeeze of juice (around 1 teaspoon's worth). Add the chopped chilli, garlic, sugar, oil and vinegar
500g of chicken breast, about 2 large breasts, cubed
1 lime, plus extra wedges to serve
8g of red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
5g of garlic, finely chopped
5g of caster sugar
4g of salt
40ml of olive oil
1 tsp white wine vinegar
Add about a teaspoon of the chopped coriander, reserving the rest to garnish. Mix everything together so that the chicken is evenly coated, then cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes
fresh coriander, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
While the chicken marinates, soak the wooden skewers in cold water for at least 20 minutes before using
Preheat a barbecue or grill for cooking
After marinating, push the chicken pieces on to the wooden skewers, dividing them equally. Grill or barbecue for 6–8 minutes on each side, turning the skewers to ensure an even colour
When cooked the chicken should be golden brown and lightly charred – if unsure, check the middle of the chicken has reached at least 75°C with a temperature probe
Serve with a garnish of fresh coriander, a few lime wedges and some extra red chilli for added heat if desired
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