Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rosie Makes Yucatán Chicken.

 Food and Wine sent me their July issue
(I don't remember requesting it.)
and there are several recipes in it I want to try.

 This recipe is adapted from
Food and Wine's Sour-Orange Yucatán Chicken.

 I'm going to marinate the chicken overnight
in 1/4 cup vegetable oil,
juice of 2 oranges and 3 limes,
(I used the whole head of garlic,
cloves peeled and sliced in half.),
and a bunch of spices -
1 TB hot Hungarian paprika,
1 TB Mexican chili powder,
1 TB smoked paprika, 
1 heaping tsp cumin,
and 1 tsp Kosher salt.

Process all ingredients until well blended.

Forget about that honey in the picture.
That's for later.

 I found two huge chicken bosoms 
in my freezer.
Check out the price - $2.30 for 2.32 pounds.

 Rosie tip #476:
Date your meat when you freeze it
with a heavy marker.
It's hard to find the date on the label.

 After processing the marinade mixture,
pour some of it between skin and meat.
 Pour the rest over the chicken
and turn to coat.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Heat oven to 350°.
 Pour about a cup of water in the marinade.
Bake at 350° for about 55 minutes.
(Until internal temperature registers 165°.
  I rinsed my black rice off
and cooked it in simmering water for about 45 minutes.
Season with salt; add some butter.
Keep warm.

 After about 30 minutes,
I took out the chicken,
spooned some of the pan juices in to a small bowl
and stirred in about 2 TB honey.

 Spoon the honey mixture back over the chicken
and return to oven until done.

 I poured the pan juices into a small sauce pan.
Let the meat rest about 10 minutes before slicing.

 Stir in 2 TB honey
and bring to a boil.
To serve, spoon the sauce over the chicken.

  Black rice has a lovely nutty flavor.
It's also a good source of anthocyanin antioxidants,
Vitamin E, and fiber.
Black rice is sometimes called "forbidden rice."
It was considered a very fine grain
and was served only to the emperor in ancient China
and was off limits to the hoi polloi.

 The chicken was perfectly cooked.
Very moist and flavorful.
Slightly spicy.
The nutty rice is a nice counterbalance.

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