|Braised chicken thighs in lemon and ginger sauce|
The Ivory Coast began their World Cup campaign with a satisfying win over Japan but subsequent defeat to Colombia has left them in a precarious position going in to today's final match against Greece. Although avoiding defeat should be enough to see them through the group stages, a draw would not be sufficient in the unlikely event that Japan should defeat Colombia by a couple of goals. A win remains essential therefore for the African side if they are definitely to book their passage in to the next round.
|Chicken thigh marinading ingredients|
Ingredients (Serves One)
2 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
1/2 medium white onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and grated
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pint fresh chicken stock
1 teaspoon medium strength chilli powder
Salt and black pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
3 ounces basmati or long grain rice
|Chicken marinading ingredients are prepared and adding to plastic dish|
Add all the marinade ingredients to a suitable dish and stir well with a wooden spoon.
|Chicken stock is stirred through other marinade ingredients|
Lay the chicken thighs in the marinade and turn them over a few times to ensure they are evenly coated in the mixture. Cover the dish and leave to marinate for at least two hours.
|Chicken thighs are added to marinade|
Heat a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a deep, non-stick frying pan. Add the chicken thighs and fry all over until sealed and browned.
|Chicken thighs are fried and sealed in oil|
Pour the marinade in to the pan and bring to a simmer. Ensure the skin sides of the chicken thighs are uppermost, cover the pan and simmer as gently as possible for half an hour.
|Chicken thighs are braised in marinating juices|
Wash the rice thoroughly through a sieve under running cold water. Add to a deep pot of boiling, salted water and simmer for ten minutes.
|Rice is carefully washed before it is cooked|
Drain the rice and lay it in a plate in the form of a bed for the chicken.
|Chicken thighs are lifted on to bed of rice|
Lift the chicken thighs with a slotted spoon or cooking tongs on to the bed of rice. Spoon over some of the sauce and enjoy.
|Tucking in to tender and succulent lemon and ginger chicken thighs|