Saturday, August 16, 2014
Orange and ginger caramelized chicken wings
Another savoury dish , guys ! You just can't live by cookies alone , you know lol
Lemongrass is an essential herb in Vietnamese and Thai cooking . It's so versatile and has a great health benefits . As a culinary herb , its citrus-like flavor is a great addition to some Asian dishes . In this dish , it adds a subtle fresh flavor that goes really well with orange and ginger .
This is a Gordon Ramsay recipe , love him or hate him , he sure can cook and create fantastic Asian recipes ! I borrowed his book from the library and of course , I gravitate toward his chicken recipes . Chicken wings are cheap , just needs minimal cooking time and with right amount of seasonings , it'll certainly taste wonderful !
The flavor in this wings is a balance of sweet and spicy ( not hot ) , the caramelized sauce alone is worth making and can be use with fish , pork and beef .
Recipe adapted from Gordon's Great Escape : Southeast Asia , page 55
Serves 4 ( I've made half of the recipe , in green is my minor tweaks )
6-8 shallots , peeled and sliced
4 garlic cloves , peeled and sliced
2 lemongrass stalk , trimmed and bashed
5 cm know of fresh ginger , peeled and julienned
zest and juice of 2 oranges
150 grams sugar
160 ml water
2 tablespoons fish sauce 4 teaspoons
1 kg whole chicken wings 1 pound mid-joint wings
salt and ground black pepper
* Preheat oven to 180°C .
* In a mixing bowl , combine the chicken , salt and black pepper , mix together , set aside .
* Heat oil in the pan , add shallots , garlic , lemongrass , ginger and orange zest , cook for 2-3 minutes , or until all ingredients have softened , Add the sugar , water , orange juice and fish sauce and stir to dissolve . Cook over medium-high heat or until the mixture has reduced and thickened . This should take about 3-4 minutes and the sauce should start turning syrupy . Remove from heat and transfer into a heat-proof bowl , set aside .
* Wash the pan and heat it , add in oil when oil is hot , add chicken in batches , cook until both sides turn browned , about 3 minutes . Transfer chicken to an ovenproof dish and pour over the caramel sauce , mixing well to coat . Cook in the oven for 40-45 minutes I cooked mine for 30 minutes , turning the oven temperature to 220 °C after 25 minutes of cooking until golden brown and sticky , halfway through cooking , baste the chicken wings .
* Remove chicken from the oven , let cool a bit and serve on its own , with beer or with steamed rice .
This post is linked to the bloghop event Cook like a Star , organized by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids , Yen of Eat your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake . The Chef for the month of August is Gordon Ramsay .
Also linked with Cook your Books , hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours