I like chicken… and ayam too!

Quote above from my niece, then 3 years old – as she talked about how much she loves ‘kipshi’ (KFC).

Ok as I’m being serious with this whole ‘let’s find healthier meal options together!’, I’ve decided to share a chicken recipe that I like to go to.

Bruneians love our chickens. We LOVE it. Every meal must have chicken in it. Inda ja? Anyway, instead of having it deep fried or just simply fried, why don’t we go for an option that requires less oil…. grilled! or roasted! I love grilling stuff cos it means I just prep it up and then put in the oven and leave it there for the next 40 minutes or so. LOVE!

Here’s a recipe I like to turn to due to its simplicity.

Spicy grilled chicken

2x 750 g chicken

pinch of saffron threads

1 teaspoon coarse salt

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 lemons

2 tablespoon icing sugar

1. Depends on how you want your chicken to be served. If whole chicken, cut on each side of backbone and flatten chicken (kira make it into two halves). Cut deep slashes diagonally on the chicken – spices goes in the chicken flesh and cooks it faster. If your chicken is already cut into pieces, just ensure there are slashes on each chicken piece.

2. Pound saffron threads and garlic together to a paste. Add paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, black pepper, lemon juice and oil.

3. Rub spice mixture into chicken.

4. Cover and referigerate – the original recipe says at least 2 hours. For me, as I usually cook last minute, half hour! But i’m sure the longer marinated, the yummier it would be.

5. Put chicken in the grill and cook for 20 minutes (depends on your oven/grill me thinks – cos ours took 40 minutes total, 20 minutes each side).

6. Cut lemon into quarters and dip the cut surfaces in the icing sugar. Place on the grill until golden and caramelized. Serve the chicken with lemon quarters.

– Original recipe taken from the recipe book ‘World Kitchen Morocco’. Above is the summary version. Hehe! Also, change the amount of spices to your liking. We tend to add lil bit more of the spices to give it more zing.

And to top it off, you can put in some veggies in the grill too – some tomatoes or peppers. Yay!

Other great chicken options:

– Chicken tagine with carrots, tomatoes and peppers or if you wanna be different, sweet potatoes

– Steamed chicken ala in nasi ayam

– claypot chicken rice (nyummm).

Ok, I’m making myself hungreh here.


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