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Because the flavour of chicken is mild, it benefits from a tasty baste when barbecued or grilled, and this also helps to keep the outside from burning until the chicken is cooked through – especially when cooking over charcoal.
For a red wine and thyme baste, fry the onion and garlic in the oil with 2 fresh bay leaves and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves. Add 170 ml red wine and 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper. * For a maple syrup and orange baste, fry the onion and garlic in the oil, then add 3 tablespoons maple syrup, the grated rind and juice of 1 orange, 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon.
The Mediterranean diet is thought to be much healthier than the average Australian or New Zealand diet. One of the reasons for this is the use of olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, rather than butter and other saturated fats.