Me: “Gelli what do you want to eat?”
Gelli: “Chicken and Rice.”
Me: “Chicken na naman? Can you please choose something else.”
(And for the most part, healthy)
Oh, did I tell you that I want it to be easy too?
Truth be told, we do eat a lot of chicken in my house. We eat red meat once in awhile, and we really do eat a lotta pasta. (No joke!)
The other day, Nino and I were having our good friends over for dinner who we met through the Down Syndrome Association. We love these two families that we are lucky to be able to spend time with and I always look forward to preparing a nice meal for them when they visit our home.
Nino suggested I check out this recipe he found on the internet to add to our menu. It looked easy enough to pull off for a big group of people. My only problem was that I didn’t get to practice the recipe before hand.
I don’t usually make it a habit of experimenting with a new dish when I’m having company, but since it was Fried Chicken, I didn’t think it would be that difficult or hard to mess up.
And I was right! It was a huge hit!
Whenever I go grocery shopping I always visit the Magnolia Chicken Station. It makes my life easy. Whether it’s for baon packing chicken fingers, or roasting (in this case frying) a whole chicken, it has always been part of my supermarket routine.
It’s not easy coming up with a hundred different ways to serve up our favorite viand, but starting with a brand that is tried and true definitely puts me at an advantage in preparing nutritious meals for my family.
- 1 Whole Magnolia Chicken, cleaned and butterflied at the back
- Whole Thumb sized piece of Ginger
- 2 pcs whole Green Sili
- 6 pcs Calamansi
- 5-6 garlic cloves
- 5-6 baby onions
- 2 tbs curry powder
- 2 tbs paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Canola Oil
- Rough chop the green sili.
- Rough chop the ginger with skin still on.
- Add the paprika and curry.
- Squeeze the calamansi into the mixture being careful to remove any seeds.
- Using a mortal and pestal blend all ingredients together and rub on the chicken and marinate for 3 hrs.
- Frying the Chicken
- Heat your oil in a heavy bottomed pan that can fit one whole chicken butterflied.
- Add additional thumbs of ginger, baby onions, whole garlic, and green sili into the oil while it is heating up.
- Fry the chicken on both sides until the internal temperature of the meat (not near the bone) reaches 165 degrees fahrenheit.
- Serve immediately.
- Healthier option: If you don't want to deep fry, you can bake this chicken. If you would like to fry but not use as much oil, cut the chicken into parts.