I have been meaning to make chicken rice for the longest time. And I mean really make them. Roasting the chicken. Cooking the rice and making the sambal (chili paste). All these while, I cheated by getting the chicken from El Pollo Loco. So this time, I got myself a whole chicken. Cleaned but uncut. I told myself that I have to roast the chicken. It is time to use the roasting pan that I got last year. All I have got to do is find the meanest roast chicken recipe online.
Of course I would love to have the skin to be crispy especially after watching the Iron Chef show recently where the chef used this air-blowing machine thingy that completely separates the skin from the flesh of the duck! My mouth opened so big that my chin fell on my chest for a few seconds. I told Michael that I would love to have one and he just laughed. Oh well. I tried. Maybe I should start with getting a really really nice set of knives first.
Now back to roast chicken. Who said that searching the roast chicken recipe online is easy? Just try typing the word roast chicken on google and they will let you know that they are 2.8million entries for them. That's only for the words 'roast chicken'. So after going through quite a number of recipes, I finally get the idea of what ingredients I needed for the taste that I was looking for. The other key thing is that I try to use the things that I already have in my kitchen.
Chicken rice comes in a basic set that comprises of the rice, chicken, sambal (chili paste) and soup. Today I am posting the roast chicken recipe. I will post the chicken rice recipe next so please do come back and check it out.
1 whole chicken,
3" ginger, pounded
3 garlic, pounded
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1. Trim of excess fat from chicken, rinse and pat dry
2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients.
3. Rub the chicken inside and out
4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight. Or you can just marinate it for a couple of hours before roasting.
5. When ready to roast, preheat the oven at 350F
6. Place the chicken in a roasting pan. Use a wooden skewer to 'tie' the legs together. Cover with aluminium foil.
7. Roast for 45-60 min.
8. Uncover and set the oven to 450-475F and continue roasting for another 10-15min or until the chicken is fully cooked.
9. Remove chicken and cut into desired pieces, preferably when it has cooled down a little bit.