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Grilled Chicken With Saffron: Submitted by: Dean | Date Added: 23 Mar 2016
Listed in: Poultry


For the chicken and marinade

1/2 teaspoon saffron thread
1 tablespoon warm water
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (whole-milk)
1 large onion, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
4 lbs chicken pieces (8 pieces)

For the basting mixture

1/4 teaspoon saffron thread
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Cooking Instructions

Place the saffron in a medium-size bowl and crush to a powder with a pestle or the end of a wooden spoon.

Stir in the warm water and let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in the yogurt, onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Rinse off chicken pieces under cold running water, then drain and blot dry on paper towels.

Place chicken in large nonreactive bowl or re-seal-able bag and pour the marinade over them, turning the pieces to coat thoroughly.

Cover and let marinate, in the refrigerator, for 24 hours, turning the pieces occasionally.

Preheat the grill, medium in one are and high heat in another area.

Prepare the basting mixture. Place saffron in a medium bowl and crush it again to a powder.

Stir in lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on low heat, then remove from heat and stir in saffron mixture.

Place chicken pieces on oiled grate, skin side down, on high heat and allow to brown for several minutes and then move them to med/low heat for several minutes.

Now flip chicken pieces over and place on high heat til browned and again move over to the low heat to cook through.

Baste pieces a couple of times during grilling. Be careful to watch for flareups and don't burn them.

Season with salt and pepper.

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