Sweet chilli and Soy baked chicken
Every night while I’m cooking dinner the twins come into the kitchen and ask me what I’m making. And every night they say “Sticky chicken?” before I get to answer. Most nights they are disappointed because even though I love sticky chicken, I can only eat it so many times before I turn into a sticky chicken.
It’s no secret that I love Asian flavours and so when I was faced with chicken thighs a few nights ago with very little inspiration, I decided to make a glaze filled with Asian flavours to bake them in. I started by making a chilli syrup to which I added fish sauce, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. I cooked this down to a delicious syrup and then coated the chicken in it. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, you can of course leave the chilli out or add a smaller quantity. Alternatively, the Soy & Honey glaze I put on these pork chops will work just as well.
I served the chicken with the most scrumptious coconut rice which I made with Jasmine rice and coconut milk which I steamed together in the microwave oven. Disclosure… This is the only way I ever cook rice. My mom did it this way and I can’t do it any other way (unless I’m doing pilaf, etc). I have a pyrex dish with a fitted lid which works just perfectly. Perfectly fluffy rice, everytime!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup soft brown sugar (I used Demerara sugar)
- ¾ cup vinegar
- ⅓ cup dark soy sauce
- ⅓ cup fish sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 teaspoons ginger, finely grated
- 1-2 chillies, finely chopped (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 8 fresh chicken thighs
- 1 mug (around 350-400ml capacity) jasmine rice
- 1x 400ml coconut milk
- 1 mug (use the rice mug) chicken stock/water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- fresh lime wedges
- steamed green beans
- To make the glaze for the chicken, combine the sugar and water together in a saucepan and allow to come to a simmer over high heat.
- When the sugar has dissolved, add the chillies, vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger and garlic. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes uncovered, until the glaze has reduced and is syrupy. If you are using previously frozen chicken, you'll need to cook it down more as the chicken will release a lot of water when it's cooking, diluting the glaze.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a roasting tray with foil.
- Place the chicken thighs in the roasting tray then pour over the glaze.
- Place in the oven and allow to bake for 30 minutes-45 minutes, glazing every 15 minutes with the glaze in the pan, until the chicken is dark and sticky and cooked through.
- To make the rice, combine the rice, coconut milk, chicken stock/water and salt in a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook to packet instructions until rice is cooked through and fragrant.
- Serve the chicken with the rice, lemon wedges and steamed green beans.