Preheat the oven at 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Place the peppercorns into a pestle and mortar and grind until roughly crushed. Add these to a large bowl together with the lemon juice, maple syrup, mustard and garlic oil and mix well.

Place the chicken thighs into a large roasting tin and pour the lemon and maple mixture over the chicken, leaving it to marinate for as long as possible. Sprinkle with sea salt, to taste, then cook in the hot oven for 45 minutes, turning halfway through cooking so that the thighs become lovely and sticky.

Meanwhile, cut the preserved lemons open and remove the soft flesh to leave you with just the skin (discard the flesh). Cut the skin into strips and toss together with the olives and parsley. When the chicken is ready, serve sprinkled with the olive, parsley and preserved lemon mixture.


1 tbsp black peppercorns

2 lemons, juice only

2 tbsp maple syrup

dollop grainy mustard

1 tbsp garlic infused oil

6 large chicken thighs, bone in and skin on

sea salt, to taste

2-3 preserved lemons

handful green olives, pits removed, sliced

small handful fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves only

 Sticky chicken thighs with lemon and maple

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