Sunday, October 9, 2011

Caramel Coriander Chicken

I just love stir-fry dishes. They are usually very easy, quick, simple and extremely tasty when eaten hot, right out of the wok onto the serving plate! Most of the preparations are just slicing and cutting, with the sauce premixed in advance before cooking time. Rice is the main food at meal times for us, with two or three dishes to go along with the rice. So I'm constantly looking for new ideas and recipes when it comes to stir-fry. We do have our favourite stir-fry dishes, but even cooking the same food  can be boring! 



I found this recipe in one of the cooking book, "Stir-Fry". This is really simple and easy to prepare. The recipe requires the chicken to be marinated overnight, but I just marinated it in the afternoon and cooked it in the evening. The chicken is first fried, and then stir-fried for a few minutes with the caramel sauce. Since it was only the four of us, I cooked half of the recipe, which was just the right portion. I'm giving the original recipe which serves 4-8, but I think that it is a big portion for 4!


It is sweet, salty with a hint of sourness from the rice vinegar. A lovely dish to go with white rice. This dish is a definite hit at our dinner table. There's no leftovers!


I would definitely cook this again, perhaps a spicier version. I think adding a tablespoon of coarse chilli flakes would be lovely! And more coriander leaves!


I'm sharing this with :
Cookbook Sunday at Mom's Sunday Cafe

And I'm bringing this to a Cookbook Party, hosted by Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations. Louise is celebrating her Blogoversary by throwing a Cookbook Party, and October being the National Cookbook Month! There's a whole list of food celebrations just for the month of October! For full details, hop over to Months of Edible Celebrations. I'm submitting this Caramel Coriander Chicken under the list "Eat Better, Eat Together"!



Caramel Coriander Chicken
(adapted from : Stir Fry)
serves 4-8
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
60ml (2fl oz/1/4 cup) Chinese rice wine or sherry
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 kg (2lb 4oz) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into cubes
60gm (2-1/4 oz / 1/2 cup) plain all-purpose flour
125ml (4 fl oz/ 1/2 cup) oil
90gm (3-1/4oz / 1/2 cup) soft brown sugar
2 very large handfuls coriander (cilantro), chopped, plus extra leaves, to garnish
60ml (2fl oz / 1/4 cup) rice vinegar

  1. Place the turmeric, 2 crushed garlic cloves, the ginger, soy sauce, rice wine, egg yolks, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon white pepper in a large bowl and mix together well. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Pour away any excess liquid from the chicken, add the flour and toss to mix well.
  3. Heat a wok until very hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat. Add  a third of the chicken and stir-fry for 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the wok. Cook the other two batches of chicken, adding more oil as necessary. Remove all the chicken from the wok and keep warm.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining oil, brown sugar and remaining garlic. Mix together and then leave for 1-2 minutes, or until the sugar caramelizes and liquefies.
  5. Return the chicken to the wok, and add the coriander and vinegar. Stir gently for 4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and well coated with the sauce. Garnish with extra coriander leaves.

37 comments:

  1. Wow........me encanta el pollo acaramelado luce espectacular,abrazos grandes hugs,hugs.

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  2. yummy yummy yummy! definitely 1 to save :-)

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  3. Mmm...this looks so delicious and flavourful. Getting hungry already at this hour :)

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  4. the chicken dish looks very appetising, must taste wonderful with rice!

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  5. Love quick and tasty stir-fries. The chicken looks sersiouly appetizing and flavourful.

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  6. You had me at caramel! What an interesting combo of flavours!

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  7. Lovely caramelized..yummy chicken..

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  8. Yum! What a great twist with the caramel and corriander flavors!

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  9. Y-U-M! Love the flavor combination - my mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing:)

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  10. This looks really delicious! I love easy and tasty recipes like these, cooking would be a breeze even on week days:) Bookmarking this!

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  11. I love stir fries like this one. The sweet and savory chicken sounds delicious! :)

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  12. This looks and sounds divine - I know for sure there would be no leftovers in our house, and I bet two of us could eat the quantity for 4 people!
    Sue xo

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  13. Can have this delectable tempting flavourful chicken with a bowl of rice..

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  14. yum! sweet sour and salty, i trust this is really a very delicious dish!

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  15. Oh my heavens, Joyce, that caramelization is simply gorgeous. I love the notion of a quick Stir Fry. What a wonderful use of fresh coriander too! This recipe sure is a keeper!

    Thank you so much for joining the Cookbook Party! You're the first entry for "Eat Better, Eat Together"! Good Luck!!!

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  16. Sounds tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
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  17. it looks amazing with the caramelization and coriander. It can be hard to find the right dishes to use coriander in but this one seems to be prefect! The chicken look so flavorful and juicy!

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  18. Oh! This chicken dish looks absolutely gorgeous...love the color of it and yes, more cilantro and some spice to boost it up :-)
    Hope you have a great week ahead and thank you so this yummie recipe!

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  19. This is one gorgeous looking plate of chicken! Wow!

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  20. I would love to try this! I would probably add some chili flakes on your suggestion too. Delicious.

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  21. I'm actually a big fan of sweet stir fry dish. This is extremely mouth watering.

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  22. Joy, I want to eat at your house, especially when you make stir fry! Thanks for sharing with Cookbook Sundays!

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  23. I'm getting hungry looking at the chicken, this dish looks so flavorful!

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  24. This looks really tasty! The word caramel just makes this sound extra good! haha..... (i have a sweet tooth- can you tell?)

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  25. This sounds really tasty! It is always nice to try something new :)

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  26. Lovely! Coriander doesn't make it on my table enough to suit me so bookmarked!

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  27. This is another nice dish to try. And I know what I'll do with the egg whites - make macarons! :) Hope you're having a great week!

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  28. Hi everyone,
    Thank you for dropping by and all your lovely comments! Have a great week!

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  29. Wow, caramel chicken... that has to be so good! looks so delicious!

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  30. I made this for supper last night and it was delicious!

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  31. This looks delicious! There is a Balinese caramel pork dish that I make sometimes, but this looks even better!

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  32. Hi Gone-ta-pott,
    I'm really glad that you like this dish. It's our favourite too. Thank you for stopping by.

    Hi Foodycat,
    Thank you for visiting. I need to check out your Balinese caramel pork! It sounds good! Have a nice day!

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  33. Hey Joyce, I'm making this today but you've left out the measurements for the flour. Good thing for the Internet for I found the recipe elsewhere and can carry on with the dish. (Yes, I didn't read the recipe properly before beginning! ;-) )

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  34. Hi KY,
    Oops...a thousand apologies :) !!!
    I did miss out on the flour and the oil measurement is wrong too! Need to change my glasses! I have amended the recipe. Thank you! Hope you enjoy it! Have a lovely weekend!

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  35. Ya know... I've bookmarked this page because I can't get enough of this recipe & your photos. It is so good! I find myself cooking it all the time now. I'm so glad you shared it back when Louise had her Cookbook party.

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    1. Hi, I'm really glad that you have enjoyed this dish! I have not cooked this in quite a while, I was just thinking of this for next week's menu!
      Thank you for letting me know, it really is so nice of you, and it feels wonderful that another household is enjoying it as much as we do! Thank you for stopping by!

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