For the chicken:
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 (4-4 1/2-pound) whole chicken
For the green sauce:
1 cup (packed) cilantro leaves with tender stems
1–2 medium jalapeños, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
For the salad:
1 English hothouse or 2 Persian cucumbers, cubed
1 firm-ripe avocado, cubed
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems, coarsely chopped, plus more for serving
Roast the chicken:
Arrange rack in middle of oven; preheat to 400°F. Mix garlic, cumin, oil, paprika, pepper, oregano, 1/2 tsp. salt, and finely grated zest from 1 lemon in a medium bowl. Quarter zested lemon; set aside 2 quarters. Squeeze juice from 1 whole lemon and remaining 2 quarters to yield 2 Tbsp. juice; stir into spice mixture.
Place chicken breast side down on work surface. Spatchcock chicken by cutting along both sides of backbone with kitchen shears. Remove backbone; reserve for stock. Turn chicken breast side up and splay open. Press down on breastbone with palms until you hear it crack and chicken is as flat as possible. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Rub chicken all over with 2 reserved lemon quarters. Squeeze juice over bird, then rub skin all over with inside of rinds.
From both edges of cavity, loosen skin from breasts and thighs, being careful not to tear skin. Using your fingers, gently spread 2 heaping Tbsp. spice mixture under skin (reserve remaining spice mixture), then season chicken all over with remaining 1 tsp. salt. Transfer chicken, spread flat and skin side up, to a roasting pan or large skillet.
Roast chicken 20 minutes, then brush with spice mixture and pan juices. Continue roasting, basting with spice mixture and pan juices every 20 minutes, until juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork or an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165ºF, 50-60 minutes total.
Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes, reserving pan juices.
Make the green sauce:
Purée cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, oil, lime juice, and salt in a blender until combined. Add mayonnaise and purée until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and chill until ready to use.
Make the salad:
Gently toss cucumbers, avocado, scallions, lime juice, oil, salt, and 1/2 cup cilantro in a large bowl. Sprinkle with more cilantro.
Carve chicken and transfer to a platter; baste with reserved pan juices. Serve with green sauce and salad alongside.
Green sauce can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill.
*I adapted this recipe from Epicurious. Instead of a whole chicken, I made chicken leg quarters.
Turkish Roasted Chickpeas
15 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or 2 cups soaked and cooked
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Turkish Spice mixture (See below recipe that makes @ ¾
cup spice mix total)
Turkish Spice Blend - Makes ¾ Cup Total
½ cup kosher salt
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp black and pink peppercorns, each
2 tsp oregano
5 Turkish bay leaves
2 tsp sweet paprika
2 tsp sumac
1½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp sesame seeds
¼ cup chopped dried cilantro
Preheat oven to 425°F
For the roasted chickpeas, dry the cooked drained chickpeas on a towel and in a bowl mix with olive oil and 2 tbsp of the Turkish spice blend (see below) to coat evenly.
Place chickpeas in a single layer on a lined baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, shaking the pan at the 15 minute mark to turn chickpeas. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and enjoy.
These may be stored in an airtight container for several days, but the never last that long in my house.
To make the spice mixture:In a small sauté pan toast the cumin and peppercorns until the seeds start to pop, several minutes. Do not burn. Remove from pan and place in spice grinder with oregano, Turkish bay leaves and grind until powder.
Add the chopped cilantro to the sauté pan and gently toast and dry over low heat slightly until dried.
In a small bowl mix the ground spices with the kosher salt, paprika, sumac, cayenne pepper, sesame seeds and dried cilantro. Store in a airtight container.
*This recipe came from Kevin.