Monday, August 30, 2010
This is like the best chicken recipe EVER
It was time to make chicken for dinner and it just sounded so boring. So I got on my computer to do some searching for ideas. I knew that I wanted something easy to grill outside. I ran upon a recipe for Grilled Chicken (Ga Nuong) which sounded interesting but nothing to get really excited about. That was until I tasted it. This simple recipe might be the best grilled chicken that I have ever made. It is Umami at its finest.
The marinade is simple. Almost so simple that you will be tempted to add or subtract something, but I beg you not to do that. Give it a try just as is and I swear you will be happy.
I now have a favorite chicken recipe that isn't unhealthy and it is so beautiful in its simplicity!
I got this recipe from Real Simple although I saw it posted in more than one place.
Grilled Chicken (Ga Nuong)
From "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" by Andrea Nguyen
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons canola or other neutral oil
2 3/4 pounds chicken thighs (I prefer bone-in but remove skin and trim fat)
I added about 1 tbl of garlic (ok, so *I* did change it a little)
1. In a small mixing bowl. combine all ingredients except the chicken and stir well. Place chicken in a nonreactive (pottery, plastic, glass) dish. Pour marinade over chicken and use your fingers to massage marinade into the meat, distributing the seasonings as evenly as possible. Marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.
2. To grill: Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill to medium. Place chicken on grill rack and cook, turning after five minutes. Continue cooking until internal juices run clear. You are looking for an internal temperature of approximately 165 degrees.
3. To oven-roast and broil: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken in a roasting dish and cook until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. For a deeper browning, place chicken under the broiler for about 60 seconds.