Thursday, October 15, 2009
The rice bowl. I can always go for a cool rice bowl every once in a while. I don't eat rice as much as I used to, but I still enjoy a nice hefty bowl of the white variety every once in a while. It's the Asian in me. For this one I decided to make some cinnamon chicken strips with oyster sauce.
I marinated the slices of chicken breast in a sort of cinnamon paste rub concoction. I was really playing around with some of the spices I had in the pantry. The mixture looked like a science experiment gone bad. But I went ahead anyway. I rubbed the chicken pieces really good. I let it rest couple hours to let the flavors blend into the meat while I did my errands. When I came back all I had to do was broil it. Can you tell I love broiling things? Got a nice char on them. You can grill it also if you'd like. While that cooked I made a simple oyster sauce to go on top.
To serve with the chicken, I made some Japanese short grain white rice rice that I added some rice wine vinegar and sesame seeds turning it into sushi rice. Really good. I also made some simple steamed chopped baby bok choy. Topped it with a few chicken slices and drizzled some of the oyster sauce.
Cinnamon Chicken Bowl
4 baby bok choy - chopped (or you choice of vegetable)
1 chicken breast - cut to slices
3-4 c cooked white rice (preferably short grain Japanese rice)
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dry rosemary
1 large garlic clove - minced
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine evineger
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp fish sauce
Combine all the ingredients of the marinade together. Rub the mixture into the chicken pieces and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This can be done in advance.
Combine the ingredients for the oyster sauce and set aside.
Combine the rice, rice wine vinegar and sesame seeds. Gently fold in the rice to mix the three together. Set aside and keep warm.
Preheat your broiler and prepare your steamer.
Place the chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet and broil for 2-3 minutes. Basted the chicken with some of the oyster sauce and flip the chicken slices and broil for another 2-3 minutes. Baste the other side as well.
Let the chicken rest for 2-5 minutes before handling.
While the chicken bakes, Place the chopped bok choy in the steamer and cook until it is tender.
Combine the rice, rice wine vinegar and sesame seeds. Gently fold in the rice to mix and keep warm.
Put it together:
Take a large bowl. One side place a serving of rice. Next to it place some of the steamed baby bok choy. Place a few strips of the chicken on top and drizzle some of the oyster sauce on top.