07 October 2010

cook that craving



I have not been craving the healthiest of things.

Pizza, potato scallops, milkshakes, honey chicken.

I don't know if its me or the baby but we sure like our junk food.

So I decided that maybe I could find healthy(er) alternatives to those foods I crave so much and then I would not feel quite so bad for eating them.

The other night I cooked honey chicken for dinner.


Ingredients

- 4 chicken thighs
- 4tbs cornflour
- 2 carrots
- bunch of choy sum
- 1 cup of rice

- honey
- sweet chilli sauce
- sesame oil
- soy sauce
- Chinese 5 spice

Pop your wok on. You want it so nice and hot so you don't have to fry the chicken for long. Add a few lugs of oil. You don't need to fill the wok but you do need a fair bit.

You will probably want your rice on now so it is ready by the time your fries are. Everyone cooks rice differently but I put 1 cup of rinsed rice in a saucepan with 2 cups of boiling water. When it is all boiling away I turn it to the lowest setting and simmer with the lid on for 20 mins. When the buzzer goes turn the heat off and leave the lid on till you are ready to serve up.


Cut up carrots, choy sum and chicken into bite size stirfry pieces. (I like to leave the leafy parts of the choy sum so that I can rip them up later and stir them in at the end of the stirfry)

Toss chicken in cornfour till it is all nicely coated. Pop those babies in the hot hot oil. Test the oil first with a teensy piece of chicken. If its ready the chicken will rise to the top and fizz and bubble. You will probably need to do a few batches. They wont all fit at once. Cook until they go brown and then take them out with a spoon with holes in it to drain the oil off. Place on a tray with baking paper to soak up the oil.

Once you have done that pour out all the oil. Dont wash the wok as you will need a smidgin of oil to fry the vegis. Pop in the vegis with a dash of soy sauce and 5 spice powder for flavour. If you like it plain then leave it. This is not a crucial step. By the way this is the healthy part of the meal.
Once the carrot and choy sum are cooked throw in the leaves of the choy sum. They wither very quickly so they don't need long.

When that is done put the vegis to the side. Keep your wok on add about half a teaspoon of sesame oil, a tbs of sweet chilli sauce (you could use 1/4 of a chopped chilli or leave out) and 5 or 6 tbs of honey. You need to be quick and not cook this for long. Once it is bubbling you will have toffee. It doesn't need long. Once heated and melty add the chicken and coat in the honey. You may need to add more honey see how you go.

Thats it.

Serve out your rice, vegis and chicken in little bowls and enjoy!

Serves 4

3 comments:

Mandy said...

oooo! That looks so good! Yummy! I crave junk food, too during this pregnancy. Its funny-- because I was such a health nut before I was pregnant. It is weird how your taste buds change during pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin
Advice from your friendly midwife mum.Thyroxin should be stored in the fridge at all times. The current open bottle may be kept at room temp in a cool dark place for 21 days. Remember the temp in the fridge is 5-8* and so is below 25*.
love you my girl.

Rinny said...

thanks mama.

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