Brazilian Chicken Legs with Lime and Coriander Rice

Just to let you know, this post was written before I went fully paleo to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Did you know that Encona have a special limited edition Brazilian sauce out? I didn't, until they sent me a bottle to try. 

It's medium-heat, so it leaves a tingle but doesn't set your mouth on fire. And it works as a dipping sauce or a marinade (it's spicier as a dipping sauce I think though, just to warn you)... 

brazilian chicken with lime and coriander rice

I love this chicken. The crisp, spicy skin; the soft, pale, juicy meat - perfect with some cooling avocado and zesty lime and coriander rice on the side. 

But don't take my word for it. 

Brazilian Chicken with Lime and Coriander Rice
Serves 4
4 free-range, bone-in, skin-on chicken legs or thighs 
4 tablespoons of your favourite Brazilian marinade (I used Encona)
1 tsp coconut oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
150g Basmati rice
half a lime
handful fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped

First, cook the Basmati rice until tender, drain and then rinse under cold running water. Put to one side to dry out slightly.

Next, heat the oven to 200ÂșC/gas mark 6. Line a shallow roasting tray with foil and arrange the chicken on top of it, slathering over the marinade. Slide the tray into the oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked (pierce it with a sharp knife to make sure no pinkness remains and that juices run clear). 

While the chicken is cooking, get on with the rice. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onion, with a pinch of salt, until softened. Stir in the cooked and drained Basmati rice until fully reheated - about 5-7 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle in the coriander and squeeze in the juice from the lime. Season with more salt if needed.

Serve the cooked chicken with the rice, some lettuce and slices of avocado alongside.