Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Ginger-Garlic Chicken Pulau


Looks like it's time for me to upgrade my html and blog template to make it a little more 'recipe sharing' friendly so that you can just jump straight to the recipe with a link without having to read all my blah blahs in between 😜 or scroll down with effort. Since there has been an urgent demand for this particular recipe, I shall do my best not to bore you with extras and blog this post to a minimal. As promised, here is the full recipe of my Ginger-Garlic Chicken Pulau. 

NOTE : You will need a heavy bottom pan with a heavy lid....preferably, a Cast Iron casserole with a Heavy Lid. The reason for this is so that the chicken and rice is cooked in it's juices and fat enclosed in a thick heat retaining pan, giving you a very tender and juicy chicken and moist Pulau. IF you do not have a heavy fitting lid, find a way to securely cover a deep cast iron with double layer of foil. we do not want the broth to bubble and spill over. I used my shallow Cast iron pan and hence the reason for slitting the chicken in centre to create a butterfly effect, keeping it flat enough so that the lid can be placed well over the pan. I prefer it this way though...I find that the bones faced down, bring out the full chicken flavour into the Basmati, giving it a really aromatic and flavourful Rice. 

Shallow Cast Iron Pan

It's easy with very little effort but not exactly fast. It needs an hour for the chicken to cook and an additional 25 minutes for the rice. The chicken can be marinated/massaged with your ready 'chicken rub' in just a couple minutes and it's ready to cook. If you have the time, keep the marinated chicken in the fridge for a couple hours or even overnight for maximum flavour. 

Be very careful with handling your cast iron casserole/pan/pot....it is VERY heavy and even more so with food in it and extremely hot. You need safe grip holders/thick oven gloves.

Only ground spices and herbs are needed. You can buy ready mixed from supermarket or make your own.. I personally make my own from only organic herbs and spices. I will post my recipes for the Chicken Rub and Pulau Rice Mix in the next post. If you are buying from the Supermarket, Look for any spice/herb mix called Chicken Rub/Chicken or poultry seasoning and Pulau rice seasoning. I believe the brands Schwartz and Mc Cormick should have these ready mixes. Read labels...most ready seasonings already have salt in it and you do not want to bring on high BP 😌. However, if you are used to having more seasonings,....it's really your personal choice. I prefer mine mild since I am having it with the spicy tangy sauce of blended Chillies, tomatoes, lemon juice and salt. ...maybe a pinch of sugar too :D

Ginger-Garlic Chicken Pulau

  • 1 medium Chicken
  • Chicken or Poultry seasoning 
  • 200gm Basmati Rice
  • Pulau Rice Seasoning.
  • 4 rough slices of ginger. 
  • 2 slices turmeric or 1/2 to 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 crushed garlic pods
  • 600 ml Water and salt to taste if you desire.
  • some parsley or coriander leaves for garnishing.
  • extra salt, pepper or spices to your liking. (optional)

Method :

  • Marinate the chicken with chicken seasoning.
  • Once you are ready to cook it, preheat oven to 200-220C. I put mine at 180C using fan as it tends to be hotter than normal. Note that each oven varies with their own personalities...you should know how calm or temperamental your own baby is (oven) 😆
  • Place the ginger, turmeric and garlic in the centre of pan.
  • Place the chicken on top and slowly pour in the water. Close with the heavy Lid and place in centre of oven. Cook for 1 hour. 
  • in the meantime, you can wash, drain and mix into the Basmati 3 tsp OR 1 level tablespoon of Pulau Rice Seasoning and put aside. 
  • Remove pan from oven and scatter the rice all round the chicken in the water/chicken broth. Add extra salt/pepper IF desired.  
  • Place the pan in oven for a further 25 minutes.
  • Turn the oven off after 25 minutes, leave oven door half open and let the chicken stand in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff up the rice with a fork and scatter coriander leaves or any other garnishing.
  • Bon Appetit!

So....Comfort or Autumn food? 😃. Both, I would think. Have been sooooo stressed lately...some comfort food is definitely needed. When I am tired or simply in no mood to cook OR order in, one of my easy ‘pop in the oven’ go to meals would be the Ginger Garlic Chicken Pulau. All that is needed are slices of ginger and crushed garlic, a mix of Pulau rice seasoning & my home made chicken rub and into the oven it goes. When cooked, the chicken is juicy and tender, slides off the bones so easily. Even the rice is moist and not dry....cooked with the chicken juices and fat. The seasonings/spices/herb mixes were made long beforehand and stored in jars just for rainy days like this 😁. This Pulau goes well with any chicken rice sauce, curry or gravy of your liking. I enjoy it though with just a mix of chillies and tomatoes blended with lemon juice and a little salt. Yumm!


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