Chili Chicken with Sichuan Peppercorns This spicy chili chicken dish tantalizes the taste buds in a very good way! This Chinese New Year it was very hard for me to think up of gluten free, dairy free and sugar free recipes that made my guests happy whilst still indulging in the symbolic benefits of cooking...
Recipe Category: Comfort food
Dipping the strainers in hot oil before filling them with noodles helps the baskets detach easily after frying. For stir frying, always heat your wok till almost smoking before adding oil to ensure you achieve the wok aroma or “wok hei” which is so important for Chinese cooking. To save time, you can marinate the chicken meat before hand, prior to starting the noodle baskets. I prefer to cool the filling on a large plate rather than a bowl so that it does not become watery from too much condensation in a crowded bowl.
Serve this with a side of Chili Oil to get an extra kick!
If arrowroot heads suddenly run out of stock due to the festive shopping frenzy, replace them with deep fried orange sweet potato or yam cubes. Homemade Waxed Chicken can be made well in advance. Keep it frozen immersed in its baking oil. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the chiller. I prefer to use kicap manis compared to typical dark soy sauce because it give a good balance of sweet salty flavours and golden brown tones.
For best flavour and juiciness, I have not removed the skin from the chicken. To minimize the fat content, trim off any excess fat surrounding the drumstick meat. However, you can remove the skin and fat completely, if you prefer a much healthier option for your family.
Passata is a liquid tomato puree that has been strained of seeds and skins. It provides a fresher taste and more vibrant colour to your bolognese sauce compared to conventional ready made pasta sauce, tomato puree and tomato sauce. Passata is now commercially available in most major supermarkets. If you cannot find it, replace with plain canned tomatoes of equal weight and blend it till smooth before using. I also prefer to mince meat at home with a meat grinder or food processor. That way you are sure of what your children are getting to eat.
You could even cut up some other fruits and add them to the top of the trifle before serving
Sprinkle some nuts on top when serving to add some crunch to this dessert!
Add some chili flakes or a dash of hot sauce to your potato gratin when serving if you'd like a punch of spiciness to your meal!
If you want a stronger aromatics, you could add in more garlic in your Naan!