Hot summer months call for quick, easy and yumm recipes . My family can´t live on salads and juices and crave for some cooked food.. Mummy ofcourse, tries to find a shortcut for everything instead of toiling over a hot stove!
This recipe is easy peasy with little cooking time. Once you have marinated your chicken, it cooks in no time at all! You can substitute chicken for fish, prawns, mixed veggies, tofu etc.
500 grams of boneless chicken thighs , cut into bite size pieces( this cut works best with this recipe, tho you can use chicken breast)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped ginger
Juice of half a lemon
a handful of chopped coriander leaves
few green chillies , chopped
soya sauce to taste
2 tablespoons of chinese sesame oil
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons of water or more
FOR THE MARINADE :
2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste ( Lazy Nitu used ready made paste)
a good sprinkle of white pepper
half a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of baking powder
1 tablespoon of light soya sauce
1 teaspoon of dark soya sauce
2 tablespoons of vodka ( was drinking some, so just added it.you can omit, but it does give the chicken a good flavour)
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Marinate the chicken with the above and refrigerate it overnight. You can also just refrigerate it for a couple of hours ,, but overnight is good as the chicken really absorbs the marinade and gets very tender and juicy.
Heat the cooking oil in a wok or a wide frying pan till very hot and then add the chopped garlic, once it changes color add the marinated chicken without the marinade liquid and spread the pieces out so they get caramalized. If you dont spread the pieces the chicken will stew instead of caramalizing. Once its good a good colour, add some more soya sauce to taste. the cornstarch mixture, the marinade liquid, lemon juice, the chopped coriander and the green chillies. Cook till you get a nice glossy sauce, Lastly add the sesame seed oil and be ready to bite into succulent, tender pieces of chicken.
NITU DIDI TIP
For fish and prawns the cooking time must be less.
Enjoy this lovely easy yummy chicken!!!