Showing posts with label chicken starters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chicken starters. Show all posts

We had a Thai themed Potluck to celebrate a good friends birthday and the only Thai starter I has ever eaten was this one. So decided to cook this for the potluck.
As usual this may not be the authentic recipe but is a mish-mash of the different recipes I found online with some bit of improvisations according to my tastes.

Thai Chicken Satay


  1. Take 500 gms of chicken breasts. Wash it and clean it and cut it into long triangular pieces and keep aside
  2. Make a marinade by grinding together (I used my mixer gridner) 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp fish sauce, 1 tsp chilli sauce, 10 garlic flakes, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp soya sauce, 4 tsp coconut powder or coconut milk, 1 small marble sized tamarind piece, 2-3 tsp of peanut butter ( you can replace this with peanuts), 3 fresh red chillies thinly sliced, 3 leaves of lemon grass and 2-3 lemon leaves. You can replace lemon leaves with 2 tsp lemon juice. Adjust the salt and sugar according to your taste. Add some oil to this marinade. This marinade has a yummy peanut and lemon taste.
  3. Marinte the chicken well and  leave this in the refrigerator overnight for the perfect satays.
  4. Take 6 inch bamboo skewers and dip them in water for 30 mins. Take out the skewers and arrange the chicken 1 each on each skewer
  5. Preheat the oven @ 220 degree Celsius. Grill the chicken and after 15 mins turn them on the skewer. You can brush some marinade on the chicken as you turn them over.
  6. It takes about 40 mins to cook but then may depend on your oven. Keep an eye on the chicken to ensure it is not burnt. Remove from the oven when cooked and serve with peanut sauce.
  7. You can also fry this on the tawa but it may not turn out as juicy as it is in the oven.

Peanut Sauce

  1. Heat a pan and pour 1 tbsp of sesame seed oil in it. 
  2. Add 5-6 flakes of finely chopped garlic to it.
  3. When the garlic is slightly brown add 1 tbsp coarsely ground roasted peanut  to it. 
  4. Add 3 tsp peanut butter, 100 ml of coconut milk, 1 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp chilli paste and lime juice, mix well and cook it till it reaches a boil. Adjust for salt and sugar. 

Anya, my daughter loves chicken which is not very spicy. Had some chicken breasts in the refrigerator and decided to cook this not too spicy dish for her.
Very simple recipe and difficult to get this wrong.
Sweet and Sour  chinese chicken

  1. Clean and wash 250 gms of chicken breasts. Cut them into small 1 inch slices, season with salt and pepper and keep aside.
  2. As the chicken is marinating, chop 2 small carrots into longish slices. Cut 2 onions into 4 pieces and separate the florets. You can also dice some spring onions. Cut 1 green capsicum into small cubes.
  3. Take 1 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp green chilli sauce, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and garlic, 1 tbsp white flour(maida), 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tbsp corn starch, 1 egg white and water (as needed) to prepare a fine batter.
  4. Add the chicken to this batter, coat it well and deep fry in a oil. As the chicken starts getting golden brown and cooked, strain and keep aside. 
  5. Prepare a mixture of 1 tbsp sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp white vinegar, 1 tbsp tomato ketchup, 2 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp red chilli sauce and 1 tbsp corn starch, mix well and keep aside.
  6. Now for the sauce, take a wok and add 1 tbsp oil to it.  Add 1 tsp each of finely chopped ginger, garlic and chilli. (You can add more of this according to taste)
  7. Add the cut vegetables and saute this well for 5 mins. Add the sauce, mix well and bring to a good boil. Check if the vegetables are cooked till they are nice and crunch. When almost done add the chicken and cook till all the chicken and vegetables are well coated with the sauce. 
  8. Garnish with spring onions greens and serve.

Note: The original recipe contains pineapple chunks added along with vegetables, but I did not use it.

Tried this awesome Chicken with dried red chillies in Singapore and decided to recreate it.This is my own version which is a mish mash of a few recipes I found online.

Chicken with dried chillies


  1. Marinate 500 gms of chicken with bones with 2 tsp soya sauce, 3 garlic cloves peeled and grated, 1 tsp red chilli sauce, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp pepper powder 1 tsp honey and salt and keep aside for an hour.
  2. Take 2 tsbp olive oil in a pan and heat it. When hot, deep fry 10 dried red chillies and keep aside. In the same oil deep fry 1 inch ginger which is cut into long thin slices and keep aside. Fry handful of peanuts and keep aside
  3. In the same oil, sear the chicken in batches along with the marinade till they are almost cooked. 
  4. Make a mixture of 1 tsp soya sauce, 1/2 tsp red chilli sauce, pepper, 1/2 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp vinegar or according to your taste, add 1 tsp of cornflour and keep it aside. 
  5. Add back the chillies, ginger and peanuts and the above marinade. Mix well and stir fry for 5 more minutes. Garnish with spring onions cut into long thin slices.

Tandoori Chicken

Been wanting to try this dish ever since I bought my new oven. The key to this dish is in its marination. If you want well marinated chicken, you need to plan in advance. I marinated the chicken at 1 PM in the morning and cooked them finally at 8 in the morning.
Frankly speaking, it turned out so yummy and juicy (much unlike tawa frys which are slightly drier) that I forgot to click pics and started enjoying the chicken. This pic was an after thought and clicked in a hurry with the last pieces left and hence is of poor quality. Will replace it soon as I am sure I am going to cook this often.

Tandoori Chicken

1. Clean 500 gms of chicken and cut slashes in the chicken so that
2.  Make a marinade in a large glass bowl out of 1/2 cup hung curd, 1 tsp oil, 2 tsp ginger garlic paste, 2 tsp red chilli powder, 2 tsp tandoori masala, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, 1 tsp chat masala, 2 tsp lemon juice and salt to taste. Mix well. Add the chicken pieces and rub the marinade on the chicken. Mix well and prick with a fork so that the chicken is well marinated. Cover the glass bowl with a cling foil and keep aside. I refrigerated the chicken after 2 hrs of leaving it aside
3. Remove the refrigerated chicken 30 mins before cooking.
4. Preheat the oven for 10 mins @ 180 degrees
5. Brush some oil on the grill. Place the chicken pieces on the grill or you can also arrange them on a skewer. You can brush some more oil on the chicken pieces. Place them into the oven. Dont forget to place a drip tray.
6. I cooked the chicken at 180 degrees for 45 mins. Keep checking and turning the chicken pieces every 10 mins  but this may vary depending on your oven. The chicken is well done when you can pierce using a tooth pick and the tooth pick easily reaches up to the bone. Of course, taking out the  piece and tasting it is a better option :)
7. Squeeze some lemon juice and chat masala and serve.

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