Nigel Slaters oyster sauce chicken with citrus mint salad recipe

On a chilly nighttime good-for-nothing heateds you up like blisteringly hot Chinese-style chicken, served with a cooling back of herby salad, says Nigel Slater

There was a bit of a commotion of aniseed, soy and ginger-scented fix in the kitchen last week, as there often is when I have had one of my irregular trip-ups to Chinatown. These are the trip-ups where I return home with armfuls of bottles and containers, mainly red.

I precisely required, virtually prayed, the smell of oyster sauce to warm up a kitchen changed ice-cold by a dodgy thermostat. Leafy commons, bok choy and mustard dark-greens are regularly steamed and threshed with thick-witted, glossy oyster sauce at home, but flesh and fish rather less so.

I threshed paunch, free-range chicken thighs with crushed garlic, sugar, chilli and oyster sauce and cooked them on a freeze night when merely something blisteringly, eye-wateringly hot would hit the spot. It wasnt something that could bask under the label of authenticity it was just what I needed at that moment. The chicken rose lustrous, gently crispy and very hot. It sizzled as we ingest, becoming our cheeks tingle. We gave the burn out with a sour citrus salad.

There was a big pudding, extremely, the sort of roasted butterscotch sponge occasion, with ointment, butter and sugar, that only ever comes out in the very depths of winter. Disaster cooking for the cold and hungry.

Oyster sauce chicken with citrus batch salad

Check the chicken regularly, crossing it with foil if it is browning too much.

Serves 3
chicken thighs 6

For the marinade:
garlic 3 huge cloves
onion 1, medium sized
oyster sauce 100 ml
light soy sauce 4 tbsp
honey 3 tbsp
chilli sauce 3 tbsp

For the salad:
fish sauce 2 tsp
caster carbohydrate 1 tbsp
lime juice 2 tbsp
plenty leaves 10
coriander leaves a large handful
chilli 1, medium-sized
pink grapefruit 1
cashews 2 handful, cooked and salted

To form the marinade peel the garlic then suppresses the cloves to a adhesive applying a pestle and mortar and a pinch of salt. Make the paste into a large desegregating bowl. Peel the onion, cut it in half and chopper it very finely. Compound with the garlic.

Put the oyster and soy sauces, the honey and the chilli sauce into the mixing container and incite thoroughly. Push the chicken pieces into the marinade, alter them over and leave in a cool region for an hour or two.

Set the oven at 180 C/ gas mark 4. Place the chicken pieces into a nonstick roasting tin, spoon over half the marinade and home in the preheated oven. Roast for 45 minutes, basting once or twice with the remaining marinade, and regularly checking their change. Cover the roasting tin with foil if necessary.

To form the salad, combine the fisheries sector sauce, caster carbohydrate and lime juice in a small container. Roughly chop or tear the mint buds and add to the container, together with the coriander leaves. Finely chop the chilli and add to the dressing.

Slice the ends from the grapefruit, plaza it flat on the chopping board then slice away the peel and white pith a sharp-worded kitchen bayonet. Remove the some part of tissue from the surface. Introduce the grapefruit into the clothing and leave for 10 instants before lending the cashew nuts and serving.

Cranberry pudding with butterscotch sauce

Fruits of labour: cranberry pudding with butterscotch sauce. Photo: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer

Once out of the oven, leave the dessert for a few minutes to settle. And, despite the butterscotch sauce, Id be seduced to give ointment, too.

You will also need a deep baking food or pudding bowl calibrating roughly 18 cm x 15 cm.

Serves 4-6
dehydrated apricots 180 g
cranberries 50 g, fresh or frozen
boiling liquid 200 ml
butter 100 g
illuminated muscovado carbohydrate 100 g
egg 1
plain flour 150 g
roasting gunpowder 1.5 tsp

For the sauce:
light muscovado carbohydrate 100 g
double ointment 125 ml
butter 70 g
maple syrup 1 tbsp
cranberries 100 g, fresh or frozen

Cut the apricots into small-scale slice and apply them in a heatproof desegregating container. Lend the 50 g of cranberries and pour the boil ocean over. Set aside while you build the pudding.

Butter the pudding container with a small grip of butter. Filter together the flour and roasting pulverization. Throw the rest of the butter into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a flat beater. Lend the sugar and outdo for 4-5 minutes till soft, pallid and creamy, sometimes scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Make the sauce by putting the sugar, ointment, butter and maple syrup in a saucepan and creating to the steam. Tell it simmer for 2 minutes, approximately chop the 100 g of cranberries( if using frozen fruit, this is easier in a food processor) then add to the sauce.

Break the egg into a container, outstrip lightly, just enough to mix grey and yolk, then contribute, with the beater still turning, to the butter and sugar.

When the egg is fully incorporated, whisk in the flour and broiling powder smorgasbord, making gradually until there is no visible find of flour left. Fold in the apricots and cranberries, and the sea they are in. Convey the motley to the buttered bowl, smooth the surface delicately then cook for 30 instants until pale golden and lightly conglomerate. Remove from the oven, pour over half of the cranberry butterscotch sauce and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Serve red-hot along with the remaining sauce.

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