The recipe I am sharing today is usually made for special occasions in Sri Lankan households. You only need 4 ingredients to prepare this mouth-watering dish. That is also with the main ingredient. Unlike many other baking recipes, you don’t have to marinate the chicken hours before. This recipe only takes maximum 15 minutes to marinate the chicken. You can even use this recipe to make grilled chicken. Usually, in Sri Lanka, we make this side dish for yellow rice or any kind of fried rice. However, you can have this dish even with toasted bread if you want to.
- 1 kg of chicken ( I used 8 chicken thighs)
- 1 lime
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 – 1 1/4 tsp of black pepper powder
For marinating the chicken
Keep the chicken in a big deep bowl. First, squeeze the lime on to the chicken. This step is very important. We need the chicken to absorb the sour taste from the lime very well. Now, using your hands mix it thoroughly. Keep in mind that you can always wear gloves if you want to. Once it is done, add salt and pepper respectively. Do the same process you did with lime juice. Now you can keep the chicken aside for about 15 minutes. If you don’t have time, even 10 minutes are okay. Still, if you have time, I suggest you keep it for 15 minutes.
On a baking tray, glaze a thick layer of margarine. I usually keep the chicken skin on the margarine layer. However, if you need a crispy skin, you should keep downside up. Pre heat the oven to 400 °F, keep the marinated chicken tray in the oven and bake it for 45 -50 minutes or until the intended texture of your choice (Maximum 1 hour).