Butterflied chicken Greek-style

  • 1 (2.5kg) chicken, washed, patted dry and butterflied
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved
  • 3 lemons, cut in 1/2
  • 1 red onion, skin on, cut into 1-cm thick rounds
  • 60ml red wine vinegar
  • 30g Dijon mustard
  • 60-80ml Greek olive oil
  • 15-20g chopped oregano leaves
  • 1 seedless cucumber, sliced
  • 50g kalamata olives, pitted
  • 180g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 15-20g basil leaves
  • 60ml Greek whole milk yoghurt
1) Preheat barbecue to medium. If using hardwood or other charcoal, move over to 1 side of the barbecue; if using gas, leave 1 section off.

2) Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, and drizzle well with canola oil. Place on the barbecue skin side down over direct heat, cooking until golden brown and slightly charred. Open and close the grill, as necessary, to maintain the heat without letting the skin burn.

3) When skin is nicely charred and blistered, flip over and move to indirect heat, close lid and continue cooking until just cooked through, about 17 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken registers 80C. Remove from the griddle and let rest 10 minutes before cutting.

4) While the chicken is cooking, brush tomatoes, lemons and onion slices with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Barbecue lemons cut side down until golden brown, and tomatoes cut side down until slightly charred. Barbecue onion slices, flipping once, until softened and slightly charred.

5) Make the vinaigrette by whisking the vinegar and mustard until smooth. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, then whisk in the oregano and season with salt and pepper.

6) To serve, carve the chicken into 6 to 8 serving pieces and arrange in a large shallow serving bowl. Arrange the tomatoes and onions, all but 1 of the lemon halves, and the cucumbers over and around the chicken. Scatter the olives and feta cheese over then drizzle with vinaigrette. Tear the basil leaves over the dish, and then dollop the yoghurt in the center.

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