Saturday, May 19, 2012

Honey Chicken

I am so happy today. The first born of our next generation that is my elder sister's daughter, my niece has passed out ICSE exam with flying colors topping in her school with 98.3 % marks. She was always very bright, somewhat precocious, from her very childhood.

It all seems so strange now that she is growing up so fast. As a child she used to be pretty inquisitive making enquiries about everything happening around her. She would emulate whatever I did. If I sat with a book, she would do the same. If I worked on my desktop, she would crib for the same. Also, when I used to dress up for an occasion in front of the mirror, standing beside me she would notice me meticulously only to do the same when I was away. Now putting all such puerile quirks behind, she has given us a proud moment to rejoice at her success.

Ingredients:                                            Cooking time: 20 minutes
ü  500 gm boneless chicken (cut into cubes)
ü  1 red or orange bell pepper (cut in square shapes)
ü  2 tbsp of ginger (chopped)
ü  2 tbsp of garlic (chopped)
ü  2 tbsp of honey
ü  1 tsp Chinese five spices
ü  1 tsp black pepper powder
ü  Salt to taste
ü  1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
ü  4 tbsp corn flour
ü  1 tsp baking powder
ü  1 egg, beaten
ü  Sesame seeds (for garnishing)
ü  Peanut oil for cooking
1) In a mixing bowl, mix together eggs, 2tbsp corn flour, baking powder and salt. Toss in the chicken and coat evenly. Set aside this mixture for at least half an hour.
2) Brown them in smoking hot oil. Take them off the flame and keep aside.
3) In a skillet, heat oil and add ginger-garlic. When they take on a light golden color, chuck in the bell pepper and shallow fry. Add Chinese five spices, black pepper powder and salt. Stir around.
4) In a small bowl, dilute corn flour in 1/2 of water. Pour this corn flour water into the pan. Pour honey and rice vinegar. Mix in.
5) Toss in the fried chicken and fold them well into the honey infused gravy. Check the seasoning before turning the heat off.
6) Garnish with sesame seeds.

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