Friday, June 1, 2007

(Un)Fried Chicken

After 8 months of on-the-job training in the kitchen, i can now say with conviction that i can cook! With one exception though, i still can't fry chicken properly. Every time i attempt to fry chicken, it ends up either burnt (oil was too hot) or soggy (oil was not hot enough)...sigh. BUT the good news is, i have found a way to cook crispy chicken without having to fry it! Want to know how? Well, after several attempts at cooking chicken, i discovered that baking chicken in 230c for 35-40mins makes it golden brown and crispy just like fried chicken (only healthier). Here's how to make crispy chicken without frying:

4pcs chicken thigh fillets
1tsp lemon juice/calamansi
1tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 large onion cut to rings
1tsp olive oil

Rub the chicken fillets with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Then squeeze lemon juice on the chicken pieces. Keep the marinated chicken in the ref for at least 30 minutes before baking.

Pre-heat the oven to 230c. Meanwhile, in medium heat, saute the the onions and garlic until slightly brown. Transfer the cooked onions and garlic to the baking dish and arrange the chicken pieces on top of the onion and garlic mixture. Bake the chicken uncovered for 30 mins (or more) until the skin turns crisp and golden brown.

For maximum gastronomic pleasure, prepare a garlic-soy sauce-vinegar dipping sauce for the crispy chicken. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To the professional cook:

A few stupid questions from the person who will probably need 8 years on-the-job training to be a certified cook!

1)Why do you need to keep the marinated chicken in the fridge? If the temperature in my kitchen is 15C do I still need to stick it in the fridge?

2)Do you put the olive oil ON the chicken or UNDERNEATH it, hence on the baking dish?

3)Have you tried this with proper thighs...the ones with bones and skin? What if you want to go UNhealthy UNfried chicken?

I'm not divulging my name as my questions are too embarassing. You know who I am anyway.



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