Monday, 22 July 2013

Indonesian Ginger Chicken

I was looking for a easy yet delicious ginger recipe to take part in Little Thumbs Up when I came across this Indonesian Ginger Chicken recipe by Ina Garten. Hmm... an Indonesia recipe from a western chef? I was seriously in doubt. Yet the reviews of this recipe were so good that I decided to take a risk and give it a try. 


The first hint that this was going to be a great recipe showed when I mixed the marinade - the mixture of soy sauce, ginger and honey was amazingly aromatic. The chicken is marinated in this sauce overnight (or at least 6 hours if overnight is not possible) - each time I opened the refrigerator I could smell the aroma. I already knew this chicken was going to be delicious. 


The final product was a tender baked chicken coated with a sweet and aromatic sauce. One would expect the sauce to be slightly spicy from the ginger (I was actually worried my kids would not like the strong taste) but there was hardly a hint of ginger on the chicken. I made this for my father who visits for dinner weekly. He liked it and so did my kids - it's still hard to believe this amazing dish was made only using four ingredients.


Indonesian Ginger Chicken (Serves 6)
Recipe by Ina Garten

Ingredients
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce (Reduced to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic (8 to 12 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup peeled and grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 large (3 1/2 pounds or about 1.5 kg) chicken, cut into pieces (or 6 chicken thighs)
Method
  • Cook the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger root in a small saucepan over low heat until the honey is melted. Arrange the chicken in 1 layer in a shallow baking pan, skin side down, and pour on the sauce. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the pan, turn the chicken skin side up, and raise the temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 
  • Continue baking for 30 minutes or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh and the sauce is a rich, dark brown (You may want to reduce the sauce further to a thickness of your liking on the stove)
This is for Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and hosted by Alvin of Chef and Sommerlier at this post. 






27 comments:

  1. This chicken looks amazing, so moist and tender. I liked that it only has the four ingredients. YUM!

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  2. Wow such an amazing looking chicken recipe

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  3. A beautiful dish, very nicely roasted...love the charred parts:D

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  4. That is a lot of ginger in the marinate! Surprisingly no 'heat' tasted :D Great recipe!

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  5. Wow, looks very yummylicious.

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  6. Mich, with honey and ginger, the chicken is definitely delicious!

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  7. Mich, did you leave a piece for me? I never get tire of eating chicken! Your chicken were roasted perfectly!

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  8. Oh! I'm mouth watering now. I just can't resist it!

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  9. I LOVE Ginger chicken, Mich! Yours looks so moist and delicious. I'm sure it was a big hot at your house!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  10. Oh wow just 4 ingredients. I would love to try this easy and delciious recipe too.

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  11. Hi Mich! Thanks for linking this to LTU!

    I have been using ginger (juice) to marinate chicken and pork for quite some time and really love the flavour that it adds to the meat!

    Love your oven-baked chicken legs! I could smell it from here! :D

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  12. You're making me hungry with all these great looking drumsticks.

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  13. This looks so good! Wonderful flavours packed in this chicken dish. Yum!

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  14. I love ginger in chicken and this look delicious Mich!

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  15. Hi Mich,
    Your chicken looks delicious! I've made this before!
    Wonderful that your family love it!

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  16. This sounds great, perfect for the hot weather.

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  17. They look so succulent and delicious!

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  18. Such a simple yet delicious recipe! I'm drooling now! Each picture looks more delicious, my friend! Thank you for sharing them with me. I hope you are having a good start to your week.

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  19. This chicken looks delicious Mich, I like the idea of honey and ginger...super tasty!
    Hope you are having a lovely week :D

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  20. Hi Mich,

    I remember Alice cooking an Indonesian-Barefoot-Contessa recipe before and was totally convinced that Ina can cook Indonesian when I saw her Indonesian-style recipes in her books!

    This honey ginger chicken looks so succulent. Yum!

    Zoe

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  21. Hi Mich, look absolutely delicious and finger licking good. I'm sure the ginger flavor must be very fragrant. I need 2 pieces will do.... LOL

    Have a nice day.

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  22. Those amazing pictures make me want to lick the screen. Lots of ginger and garlic is good for your health.

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  23. we love ginger... We have been on a ginger kick for a while now, however we havent used it in chicken... Needs to try this soon

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  24. Your ginger roasted chicken looks so very tempting. Wish I can have a big bite on it! >o<
    Hope you're going to have a great weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  25. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com31 July 2013 at 11:54

    The ginger and honey itself is already so flavourful. Very yummy :)

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  26. I love the honey-ginger combo ! The chicken looks wonderful and appetizing !

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