Friday, September 2, 2011

Baked Chicken with Ginger Paste


Steaming chicken in ginger paste is quite common for us living here, most of the chinese restaurants will have this in their menu and you can easily do it at home too. Instead of steaming it all the time, i wanted to try baking it and see if there's any difference. No, not much difference in terms of flavour and lesser gravy. When we have done steaming the chicken, there's usually quite a lot of gravy plus chicken stock on the plate but not baking. There's still chicken stock left on the parchment paper that i used to wrap the chicken but not much, i think by baking it, it never released the stock or oil as much as steaming , probably it still locks all the moisture in the chicken. Use kampung chicken ( kampung means 'village' in malay ) preferably if we were to bake or steam, it's more tasty. Better still if we can get some free range kampung chicken. Their meat is tender and  not as soft as some non free range kampung chicken. The ginger paste can be done by blending the pieces of ginger but if you prefer a coarser paste, you can just chop the ginger using the back of your knife and do that, it will do just as good. I blend mine.


after baking, you can use scissors to cut them into pieces or if you're very hungry, use your hands will do!

Ginger paste:
240gms young ginger, cut into pieces
5 shallots, chopped
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soya sauce
some chicken seasoning powder ( optional)

Blend the ginger and shallots together, you may have to add a little water to get it blended. Transfer that to a wok, add the oyster sauce, soya sauce and chicken seasoning powder and fry just for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Ingredients:
1 kampung chicken, split into 2 portions
a little salt
dash of sesame oil

Method:
1. Rub the each portion of chicken with a little salt and sesame oil. Then cover the chicken with ginger paste front and back. Do this for both portions of the chicken.
2. Place the chicken in parchment paper and another piece of aluminium paper and sealed it nicely.
3.Bake at 250C for 45 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

39 comments:

  1. I can imagine the nice fragrant of ginger when you are baking this. I tried baking chicken once with chinese herbs but my husband is not keen of it. Maybe I can try this out and see if he likes it. Thanks for sharing Lena.

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  2. Lena, your ginger chicken looks good, I'm drooling now, hahahaha
    But if add some chinese wine to season the chicken would be much nicer.

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  3. I can have your ginger chicken during my confinement month as well. I notice you are using young ginger in this recipe. Do you think young ginger is "spicy" than old ginger?

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  4. This looks amazing I would love to have a plateful of this fragrant chicken!

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  5. What a great idea!
    I wished you posted this before I went for confinement, kekekeke.
    I think it's the roasting that caused the juices to evaporate and steaming actually increases the juices.. Steam = water vapour
    I hope to try this out on my ginger hating hubby. LOL.

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  6. This looks too delicious Lena! I think I will try it out soon, can imagine the fragrance and crispy skin. :D *drool*

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  7. That's a nice change; to bake instead of the usual steaming. Thanks for letting us know the flavour is about the same, just less gravy. :)

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  8. lena, i like your baked chicken because i like ginger, haha
    thanks for sharing, i bookmark this recipe for preparing my family gathering dinner next time...:D

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  9. I have never seen baked chicken look so good! This is perfect for everynight of the week with so much flavorful and richness! I love it and I can just taste the delicious skin

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  10. I would love to try this approach with Cornish Hens, Lena. I may even try it by steaming them, something I've never done before:)

    I'm keeping this recipe for sure. I too can just image the aroma wafting through the house.

    Thanks for sharing...

    P.S. It just so happens that September is Chicken Month!!!

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  11. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesSeptember 2, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Looks moist and definitely tasty! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Yesterday i steamed a woo soe kai.. very tough.. not so nice.. my teeth almost come out.. hahhaa... next time i must ask the fella.. too tough i dont want!

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  13. This is special....I would imagine the nice aroma after baking the chicken....mmmmm

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  14. that's exactly what I love to do as well! Just peel the meat and skin for that "finger lickin' good" experience! LOL

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  15. gert: oh, i'm not surprised that your kwai loh hubby not keen on the herbs..maybe you can try ginger on him!

    amelia: yes, a splash of chinese wine will give it more aromatic! thanks!

    vivian: infact the ginger here is already quite spicy to me, normally mothers can take very hot during their confinement..you may want to use a mixture of old and young ginger.

    lyndsey: thank you! sure you can bake this.

    litehomebake: thanks!actually quite goood..

    wendy:oh, i'm sure you can always make this..actually i dont mind with less gravy..maybe next time i'll try to bake with other ingredients..

    bee: it's fragrant but the skin is not that crispy as you prob imagine but still very nice.

    kenny: **wink wink**

    sherleen:great! i hope your family will like the idea of baking too..

    jessica: thanks , you're always so nice with your comments!

    louise: chicken month?? hope you have fun trying this out.

    180: thanks, it's definately moist, tastewise quite like steaming..

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  16. Healthy yet simple..to do. Best of all, less cleaning since it's all baked!! LOL I was never a fan of ginger till recent years. It always goes so well with chicken and fish!

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  17. I love the smell of ginger especially in chicken - perfect match!!
    Must bookmark this for the weekend :)

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  18. I love all the ginger paste sticking to the chicken skin...so delicious!

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  19. Hi Lena, this sure finger lickin' good....and your photography sure a real killer for temptation, ha ha.
    I think 1/4 chicken no problemos with me.
    Have a nice day.
    Lee.

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  20. Great job, Lena! I usually steamed it but baked ones taste as well, I'm sure!
    Have a great weekend.
    Kristy

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  21. I am for steaming or baking anytime! And a simple yet delicious chicken recipe like this - bring it on!

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  22. Hi Lena, Yup, I'm back! Your baked chicken with ginger paste looks delicious! I love ginger paste, it must have smelt really wonderful when the chicken is in the oven! Extra rice, please!

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  23. This will be very good for "berpantang" mothers too maybe. Yum Yum.

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  24. Gosh that looks so delicious! I prefer steamed chicken; as you mentioned there's more gravy that way. But this seriously looks delicious, and ginger is always a great flavour with chicken (or fish for that matter)

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  25. i've recently taken a fancy in ginger after eating this wonderful ginger paste at soup restaurant...ur dish came timely...now i know how to appreciate ginger in dishes much better now! yours look really delicious!

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  26. Delicious, I love the flavors you use - can't wait to try this. YUM
    Mary

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  27. i want to taste it....!!!! thank you very much! think this букмекеры will be interesting and useful for you. Best wishes!!!

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  28. This looks better than any store bought chicken. I wish I know how to handle a whole chicken as in the cleaning part.

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  29. This is a great recipe using ginger paste to bake chicken. Will print this recipe for my husband. He is our "chicken-cooking" person at our house.

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  30. Lena, I know this is good because it uses lots of ginger!! I know I am going love this one because I can eat tons of ginger.. just give it to me Baby!! hehe

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  31. Lena, I had a cute triple award waiting for you at my blog.

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  32. I prefer my food taste gingeric anytime, this is one cracking good dish! Thx for sharing!^^

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  33. Good try! I think this is a great dish for me too!Thanks for your idea!

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  34. i can imagine how yummy this chicken is, look so delicious!

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  35. I love ginger chicken, it looks so yummy! yes, serve me the whole chicken :)

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  36. hi, read all of your nice kind comments, thank you!

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  37. I remember the time when my best friend Rachel made me a baked chicken with ginger paste for my birthday and it was so good that I asked her to make it again for me in the next birthday LOL

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