Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Oven Baked Spicy Chicken


Another lazy easy recipe. Literally cut everything up, dash of this and that, wrapped in foil, and bake. It's a 'no work, no pain' version of grilled Indonesian chicken with spiced sweet soy. I like to make dinner like this when work is piling, yet I still want to make home-cooked meal, without having to spend too much time preparing. It's comforting, sliding the pan to the oven, leave it in there while taking a shower or finish up some chores or catching up with the husband - and when the aroma starts to creep out from the oven; just heavenly.

What:
- Chicken (I use 4 thighs but any mix is fine), seasoned with pepper and salt
- 2 small tomatoes, quatered
- 1 onions, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
- 3 shallots, chopped coarsely
- 2 bird eyes chillies, slit or chopped coarsely
- 2 tsp sambal ulek (optional)
- 1/4 cup sweet soy sauce
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- dash of fish sauce (shrimp paste if possible)
- pineapple chunks (optional, I just have some pineapple in fridge)

How:
- Mix everything (except chicken and pineapple).
- Make an aluminum foil pouch, or just use regular baking dish, put in chicken.
- Arrange pinapple chunks to the side of chicken.
- Pour spices/sauce on top of chicken. Wrap foil loosely. If using baking dish, wrap/tent with foil too.
- Bake in 350 degree oven. Time depends on size of chicken. Vik likes very soft, falling off the bone chicken, so I bake it for about 1 hour. The last 5 minute of cooking, open the foil pouch and put it under broil.
- Serve with hot jasmine rice and steamed vegetables Indonesian style. Mmmm!!!!

4 comments:

Kevin said...

I really like simple one dish meals! This chicken sounds tasty. I also really like to add pineapple to savoury dishes.

CECIL said...

Me too!! I just love pineapple in dishes. And yes, sometimes this kind of one meal is just sooo perfect for lazy evening. Want the home cooking aroma, but just don't want to put too much work into it. :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i love ayam panggang! and this is a great way to do it ^_^

CECIL said...

Thanks for the comment!! It is absolutely super easy, not sure about great though. Nothing can beat the smokey charred smell of 'real' Ayam Panggang!