I could not prepare a recipe on our blog without choosing my Mum’s Aunt Hazel’s Chicken, Ginger and Garlic recipe as the first one. This has been a family favourite for many years, and I always remember my Mum cooking this on a Saturday night when my Dad and I got home from football – I used to love dipping French Stick into the sauce. What can I say, I was greedy then. I am greedy now.
Ingredients wise you will need the following:
- 500g Chicken Breast
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- A large piece of Ginger
- 50ml Olive Oil or Flavour Free Coconut Oil
- 40ml White Wine Vinegar
- 50ml Dark Soy Sauce
- Red Chilli (Optional)
- Wild Rice (or plain Basmati whatever your preference)
- A choice of veg but I like Mange Tout, Sugar Snap Peas or French Beans.
Getting Down To Business
- Preheat your oven – 200C/180C Fan/Gas Mark 6
- Boil some water in a pan ready for your rice to cook (or if you’re looking to cook this mid-week then use 2-minute microwave rice for convenience)
- Peel the Garlic and Ginger and grate both finely making sure you collect any juices from doing so.
- Chop a Red Chilli (up to you if you want to add seeds, if you like spicy food then go for it!)
- Cut Chicken into relatively large pieces, for guidance I would say cutting a breast into 3 parts – you don’t want to cut it too small otherwise it can become dry. If you overcook it. Nobody likes dry chicken, only dry weather in the summer.
- Add the oil to a large Wok or Frying Pan putting it on medium heat. Firstly add the Ginger and Garlic – fry for a few minutes but make sure the oil isn’t too hot as you don’t want to burn the garlic or ginger (I have done this many times!)
- Next, add the Chicken pieces to the pan. As the chicken cooks, turn it occasionally, so it browns evenly. If the poultry browns too quickly, reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Now add the Soy Sauce to the pan ensuring the chicken is thoroughly coated.
- Next, add the White Wine Vinegar and give it a good stir. Cook for a further few minutes.
- Once you’re happy and all the chicken has browned off, transfer all the ingredients into a baking dish and cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Your pan of water should be boiling and ready for you to add your wild rice, this should also take 20 minutes.
- Have a drink, dance and sing your favourite song while you wait. Ensure your partner has completed his Jobs, Tasks and Chores for the day.
- 10 minutes before serving, boil your vegetables ready to serve with your Chicken and Rice.