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Oriental Roasted Chicken - Asian Chicken


There are so many familiar flavors that come to mind when you think "Oriental". Asian cuisine varies from sweet to savory to spicy. All are delicious and combine a variety of ingredients that layer flavors. There are endless combinations and I urge you to be creative and throw in some ideas of your own.

Roasting chicken on a bed of onions always results in juicier chicken. When you roast potatoes under your chicken then soak up the delicious flavors and save you from preparing a separate side dish.

Ingredients...

  • 3-3.5 pounds of chicken parts (I use thighs)
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lite Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar (I use Splenda sugar substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Optional: 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
Here's how you do it...
  1. Rinse and dry the chicken parts. Trim off any unnecessary fat.
  2. Prepare the sauce: In a large bowl blend the Oyster Sauce, Sugar (or Splenda), Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Salt, Pepper, Thyme, and minced Garlic.
  3. Add the dried chicken parts and toss to coat.
  4. Cover and put in fridge for 30 minutes or up to six hours.
  5. When ready to cook...Preheat your oven to 350F.
  6. Optional: Line your baking pan with parchment or foil.
  7. Distribute sliced onions and optional mushrooms in the pan.
  8. Place the coated chicken parts on the bed of onions (and optional mushrooms)
  9. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to put any excess sauce on top of the chicken.
  10. Bake in preheated 350F oven for one hour 15 minutes.
BE CREATIVE:
  • If you like it hot add a 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or hot sauce.
  • Add cut up white or sweet potatoes to the bed of onions under the chicken.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your site and am excited about trying several dishes. I love the fact that you have included Splenda in many dishes. Two questions: In dishes like the Asian Chicken, you state 1 T sugar (or Splenda) Does this mean the Splenda equivalent of 1 T regular sugar? Also, are you using regular Splenda or Splenda For Baking in baked goods recipes? Thank you! phelixdacat@comcast.net

The Balaboosta said...

Thank you so much for writing. I use regular granulated Splenda which measures spoon for spoon. In baked goods I sometimes use Splenda Brown Sugar Blend and I always specify that. I hope you have success with my recipes. Please write again.