Barbecue sous vide chicken thighs

  • medium
  • 2
  • 1 hour 15 minutes

Luke Holder's barbecue sous vide chicken thighs recipe is great for summer, with the thighs cooked to a perfect temperature in a water bath before finishing on the barbecue for a smoky finish and wonderful texture. You can buy boneless thighs but it is simple to debone them yourself.

First published in 2015

Ingredients

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Sous vide chicken thighs

Salsa

Equipment

  • Barbecue
  • Vacuum bags
  • Water bath
  • Bar sealer

Method

1
Preheat a water bath to 70°C
2
To prepare the chicken thighs, run the tip of a sharp paring knife along the thigh bone. To release the bone, carefully run the blade around and under the bone, ensuring you remove all of the cartilage
3
Place in a vacuum bag with the thyme, oil, salt and lemon zest and seal with a bar sealer. Cook for 35 minutes in the water bath
4
While the chicken is cooking, barbecue the sweetcorn on a hot, dry barbecue or under a grill until very lightly blackened. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl. Cover with cling film and leave to steam for 10-15 minutes
5
Using a sharp knife, remove the corn kernels from the cob (being careful not to cut too close to the cob) and set aside in a bowl. Cook the chorizo in a pan until the oils leach out, then add the garlic and corn
6
Add the red wine vinegar and paprika and reduce until dry. Finally, remove from the heat and stir in the coriander and mint
7
At this point the chicken should be cooked. Take out of the water bath, cut open the bag and remove the chicken, making sure to retain the juices in the bag
8
To finish the chicken, cook on a hot barbecue or under a grill to achieve a dark golden colour on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes. Serve on top of the chorizo and sweetcorn salsa with a drizzle of the cooking juices
First published in 2015

Luke Holder comes by his taste for ultra-authentic local cuisine honestly: he's spent large chunks of his career soaking up regional techniques in far-flung parts of the world.

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