On a chilly nighttime nothing heateds you up like blisteringly hot Chinese-style chicken, served with a cooling area of herby salad, says Nigel Slater
There was a bit of a spurt of aniseed, soy and ginger-scented prepare in the kitchen last week, as there often is when I have had one of my irregular expeditions to Chinatown. These are the journeys where I return home with armfuls of bottles and flasks, predominantly red.
I simply necessary, almost prayed, the smell of oyster sauce to warm up a kitchen turned ice-cold by a dodgy thermostat. Leafy light-greens, bok choy and mustard light-greens are regularly steamed and tossed with thick-skulled, glossy oyster sauce at home, but meat and fish rather less so.
I convulsed fatty, free-range chicken thighs with crushed garlic, sugar, chilli and oyster sauce and baked them on a frost darknes when merely something blisteringly, eye-wateringly hot would hit the spot. It wasnt something who are able to sunbathe under the label of legitimacy it was just what I needed at that moment. The chicken developed glistening, lightly crisp and really hot. It sizzled as we snack, becoming our cheeks tingle. We employed the fervor out with a sour citrus salad.
There was a big pudding, more, the sort of roasted butterscotch sponge circumstance, with cream, butter and carbohydrate, that merely ever come off in the extremely depths of winter. Emergency cooking for the cold and hungry.
Oyster sauce chicken with citrus plenty salad
Check the chicken regularly, dealing it with foil if “its by” browning too much.
chicken thighs 6
For the marinade:
garlic 3 large-scale cloves
onion 1, medium sized
oyster sauce 100 ml
illuminated soy sauce 4 tbsp
sugar 3 tbsp
chilli sauce 3 tbsp
For the salad:
fish sauce 2 tsp
caster sugar 1 tbsp
lime juice 2 tbsp
spate leaves 10
coriander leaves a large handful
chilli 1, medium-sized
pink grapefruit 1
cashews 2 handful, cooked and salted
To realize the marinade peel the garlic then subdues the cleaves to a glue exploiting a pestle and mortar and a pinch of salt. Make the paste into a large mixing bowl. Peel the onion, cut it in half and chop it very finely. Compound with the garlic.
Put the oyster and soy sauces, the honey and the chilli sauce into the mixing bowl and stir exhaustively. Push the chicken pieces into the marinade, turn them over and leave in a cool lieu for the purposes of an hour or two.
Set the oven at 180 C/ gas mark 4. Place the chicken pieces into a nonstick cook tin, spoon over half the marinade and target in the preheated oven. Roast for 45 hours, basting once or twice with the remaining marinade, and regularly checking their advance. Comprise the ribbing tin with foil if necessary.
To do the salad, combine the fisheries industry sauce, caster carbohydrate and lime juice in a small bowl. Roughly chop or weeping the plenty buds and add to the bowl, together with the coriander leaves. Finely chop the chilli and add to the dressing.
Slice the ends from the grapefruit, place it flat on the chopping board then slice away the peel and white pith a sharp kitchen spear. Remove the segments of tissue from the surface. Put the grapefruit into the garment and leave for 10 instants before contributing the cashew nuts and serving.