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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Guess what? It's July and the blog hop event, Cook like a Star is resuming once again. This time round, it's my turn to host the Cook like a Star together with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out. This bloghop 'Cook like a Star' was started by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids for a simple reason that everyone can try to cook or bake like a celebrity chef each month. Afterall, they did say that practice makes perfect isn't it? ;) 

If you are still with me on the same line, then yes this means that July would be a whole string of cooks/bakes with Curtis Stone.

In case you are wondering or you might have seen who Curtis Stone is but not really sure of who he is, you might have seen him on the Masterchef Australia All-Stars as one of the guest chefs. 

Just some basic background on Curtis Stone before we start to bake or cook from his recipes,  Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef who began his cooking career at the Savoy Hotel and thereafter, worked for Marco Pierre White (a 3 Michelin star chef) who also mentored other celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal (owner of The Fat Duck in UK).

Now, Stone endorses Coles supermarket advertisements with the idea of encouraging people to learn to cook as well as encouraging families to cook with recipes that are easy to cook and prepare. Yes, I'm inspired by these ideas. Many people don't cook these days especially if they are dual-working couple with or without kids since they work full time. It's definitely not easy but it can be done in stages so that cooking or baking need not be a hassle.

Without further rambling, let's move on the first recipe I'm going to attempt from Curtis Stone today - sticky chicken drumsticks. See my modifications in blue.

Ingredients:
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Chinese barbecue sauce (char siew sauce)
¼ cup (85g) honey
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
12 chicken drumsticks
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Method:

Mix the soy sauce, barbecue sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger in a resealable storage bag to blend. Add the chicken, seal the bag, and toss to coat with the sauce. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour but preferably overnight.



Position an oven rack 8 to 10 inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler. Preheat oven to 160 degree celsius for about 10 minutes.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty foil. Transfer the drumsticks and marinade to the prepared baking sheet and broil, turning the drumsticks occasionally and watching them closely for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the marinade has glazed it is cooked through and the marinade glazes the chicken.


Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken, and serve.




Obviously, there were other dishes to compliment this sticky chicken drumstick to complete a well balanced meal. Tadah!!


Verdict:

Me: "is it nice? better than the chicken with 40 cloves of garlic"
Mr G: "hmm.....slurp...lick....munch.....erm it's good...."

After that sentence, I really couldn't get much out of him anymore so you figure yourself :) To me, in short, it's definitely fingerlicking good!

Also, I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs up hosted by Chef and Sommelier organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.


Wanna cook or bake like Curtis Stone? To join, simply cook or bake any recipe from Curtis Stone's website, his recipe collection at Coles website or at Masterchef Australia or his cookbooks and blog hop with us for the whole month of July 2013. For more details, please see this.

To blog hop with us, simply copy and paste this linky HTML code into your blog post where you want the blog hop list to appear. Make sure you are in HTML view/mode when you paste in the code. get the InLinkz code.




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