The Amazing Deglazing Sicilian Chicken
2 ea chickens, split (2-1/2lbs ea)
1 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon parsley chopped fine
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Salt and Pepper
Lemon & Oregano Dressing
.5 tsp oregano minced
4 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 bunch escarole
1 bunch watercress
1 tablespoon parsley
1 bulb fennel and / or arugula
6 ea. radishes (selection heirloom varieties)
Cut out the backbone of the chicken by cutting along both sides of the spine using a pair of sturdy poultry shears and split them. Spread the chicken’s legs apart and flip it over so it’s skin side up. Press down firmly on the chicken’s breastbone until you hear a crack and the chicken lies flat. Liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine breadcrumbs, parsley and 1/2 tablespoon garlic. Rub onto and press into the chicken, coating both sides.
Make a sauce of the EVOO, lemon juice and oregano. Heat your skillet to medium high, add some oil and place chicken, breast side down into the pan. Top with a two ounce ladle of the lemon/EVOO sauce and place pan hot into the oven for 10 minutes. Flip the chickens, add another ounce of sauce, and return to the oven until finished. When done let rest for 10 minutes.
For the salad combine Escarole, watercress, parsley, fennel and radishes. The trick to the salad is to thinly slice radishes and soak them in cold water to cut down on the bitterness before adding to the salad. Once chicken is complete lay on salad and add the cooked juices from the chicken over the dish.
As a South African native Chef Elizabeth Binder graduated from the renowned Christine Martin school of food and wine. Recognized early in her career for her culinary talent, Chef Binder cooked state dinner for Nelson Mandela,
In 1995, she embarked on a journey, cooking in some of the finest kitchens around the globe deepening her knowledge of international culinary experiences. Through her experience, she was able to realize her concept of rustically elegant cuisine which combines a respect for local, fresh extraordinary ingredients. Elizabeth competed on season 10 of Top Chef. She is currently the Chef/Owner of Hand Craft Catering. In this episode of Recipe Reveal Chef Binder shares her culinary secrets of some of her favorite Mediterranean dishes including Sicilian Chicken .