Wednesday, November 29, 2006

yummy, yummy dinner.

I really love to cook. I hate to clean, but cooking is damn fun. I'd love to find somewhere to take some cooking lessons (aside from Sur Le Table , Williams Sonoma, Dream Dinners, or a full-on culinary school), but so far I haven't made that jump yet.

However, I discovered Rachael Ray's magazine....as annoying as I find her, I've got to admit that she has some really cool recipes. Tonight's dinner was a little slice of Hawaii on a plate, and here's the recipe:
"Huli Huli" Chicken

FOUR SERVINGS

Prep Time: 15 min (plus resting)

Cook Time: 40 min


One 4-pound chicken, cut in half
Salt
2 cloves garlic, peeled
One 1 1/2-inch piece ginger, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons frozen pineapple juice concentrate


1. Loosen the skin of the chicken breast and season underneath it with salt. Season the exterior of the chicken with more salt. Let the chicken rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Line a broiler pan with foil and preheat the broiler.


2. Using a food processor, pulse the garlic and ginger until finely chopped. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, broth, rice-wine vinegar and pineapple juice concentrate and process until well combined. Strain the marinade into a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract all the liquid. Discard the pulp.


3. Blot the excess salt and moisture from the chicken and place the halves skin side down on the broiler pan. Broil, turning the chicken with tongs every 5 minutes for the first 20 minutes, until the raw surfaces have cooked. Continue to cook, turning and basting with the marinade every 5 minutes, until well browned, 20 minutes longer; cover loosely with foil for the last 10 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.
Serve with some green beans or broccoli and steamed white rice (I cooked mine with chicken broth and it was oh so fabulous) and voila!

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