Back in the saddle.. I wasn’t in a good feeling the past few days and that left my kitchen’s blog abandoned. Not my kitchen tough, it steams around the clock for we have to eat, everyday. Due to that condition, I only cooked as simple as I could plus I was extremely lazy.. I admit. Simple yet it has to be nutritious.
I made Ayam madu or Honey chicken which is usually served with chicken rice. The gingery and sesame-ny taste isn’t really overpowering.. just nice. The soy, oyster and honey really add the sweetness and flavor of Asia. Honey acts as the glaze makes this chicken dish looks depressingly appetizing.
Though, I didn’t make chicken rice , only regular white rice. Alhamdulillah, still..to my taste buds, It was delicious along with hot rice and steamed veggies.
If you, my dear friends, who loves simple chicken dish and not feeling well as I was.. you might want to give it a shot and insyaAllah you will feel a lot better .
1 whole chicken – cut into 6 -8 pieces
A pinch of salt
In the blender
1 inch fresh ginger
2-3 cloves garlic
-Blend together till well blended
3 Tablespoons honey
3 Tablespoons oyster sauce
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1-2 Tablespoon sesame oil
In a large pot, add in the chicken pieces , pour in water enough to cover the chicken. Turn the heat medium high and cook the chicken to half cooked. Add pinch of salt at the end. Remove from heat and drain the cooked chicken and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir until well combined.
In a large bowl, add in chicken. Pour in the blended mixture and the sauces from the medium bowl. Stir everything together until completely combined . Makesure the sauce/marinate covers the meat.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it the refrigerator. Ready to marinate for at least 4 hours ; the longer the better.
After marinating ( 4 hours or so) , Turn the oven to 450F , arrange the chicken on a baking tray or oven griller, bake until the chicken look very glossy and of course, completely cooked. ( See Notes)
Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional) . Serve it hot with rice and any kind of veggies.
Notes Of The Day:
1- Makesure the chicken is half cooked , Not thoroughly cooked otherwise you will miss the flavor and moistness of the chicken – which is very important.
2- You can use all chicken breast if you wish but the marinating period should be shortened too. Chicken breast is very tender and absorb flavor more easily. If it’s too long marinated, it will be too tender and fall apart after baking. Especially if marinated with acid.
3 – If using chicken breast, to keep the moistness of the meat, do not bake it too long as it will get ‘dehydrated’. Keep eye on it.