I love poussins. That is why these Sticky glazed Spatchcocked Poussins are perfect for anyone who cooks for one or two people, great on a barbeque and look superb if prepared for a dinner party. By spatchcocking them they cook quicker and more evenly which is essential when you barbeque and want to know the meat is cooked through.
Sticky Glazed Spatchcocked Poussins
4 Kumquats, thinly sliced
2 Poussins, 700 g/1 1/2 lb each
Assorted salad leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crusty bread or new potatoes, to serve
For the Glaze:
1 teaspoon Tomato purée
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon Dry sherry
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
2 tablespoon Clear honey
2 tablespoon Dark soy sauce
2 tablespoon Zest of 1 small lemon, finely grated
Preheat the grill just before cooking. Place one of the poussins breast side down on a board. Using poultry shears, cut down one side of the backbone. Cut down the other side of the backbone. Remove the bone. Open out the poussin and press down hard on the breast bone with the heel of your hand to break it and to flatten the poussin.
Thread two skewers crosswise through the bird to keep it flat, ensuring that each skewer goes through a wing and out through the leg on the opposite side. Repeat with the other bird. Season both sides of the bird with salt and pepper.
To make the glaze, mix together the lemon zest and juice, sherry, honey, soy sauce, mustard, tomato puree and Chinese five spice powder and use to brush all over the poussins.
Place the poussins skin-side down on a grill rack and grill under a medium heat for 15 minutes, brushing halfway through with more glaze. Turn the poussins over and grill for 10 minutes. Brush again with glaze and arrange the kumquat slices on top. Grill for a further 15 minutes until well-browned and cooked through. If they start to brown too quickly, turn the grill down.
Remove the skewers and cut each poussin in half along the breastbone. Serve immediately with the salad, crusty bread or new potatoes.
This has to be the easiest recipe and it is absolutely delicious!