Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bucket of Lemongrass and Honey Chicken

After a long hectic week at work, I crave for fast food that will take no time, but still taste delicious. These wings are great for unexpected guests - it's easy, fast and lip-smaking-finger licking good.

Recipe "au pif":
1 1/2 - 2 lbs chicken wings and drumsticks (approx. 10-12 pieces)
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh lemongrass
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 1/2 - 3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soya sauce
thin slices of 1/2 large lemon
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp Cointreau
oil for cooking (olive or canola)

Clean chicken and pat dry.

Marinate chicken in lemongrass-garlic-fish sauce mixture overnight.

Heat about 1 tbsp oil in large sauce pan, on medium-high heat (you don't want to burn the chicken). Gently add in the chicken to cook until they have colour. The more colour, the tastier the chicken. Add in the soya sauce. Turn them over when necessary so that they are golden brown all around. Cook for about 5 minutes.

Throw in the lemon slices and stir. Cover with lid and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
Stir again.

(OPTIONAL): Since I love liquor in just about everything, I add about 2 tbsp of Cointreau (orange fragranced liquor) to elevate the citrus and sweet flavour of the dish. Yummy.

Cover again, and cook on medium-low heat for another 5 minutes - until chicken is cooked throughout.

Discard lemons and serve.

Serves 4 people. Fast and easy.

Eat as a snack or as a main course with steamed white rice.

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