Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Iron Pot Chicken


Super easy recipe.

Mix fish sauce and sugar, equal parts, in a bowl. Set aside.
Crush 10 Thai chilis. Julienne a thumb-sized piece of ginger.
Slice up 3 shallots or half a medium onion (you can leave the slices fairly big).
Cut up a pound of skinless chicken thighs into 1" cubes. Whole Foods sells them without bones as well, which is great.
Chop a few sprigs of fresh cilantro.

1. In a large skillet (I used our soup pot), heat olive oil and sautee the onions/shallots until translucent.
2. Add fish sauce/sugar mixture and cook until sugar caramelizes.
3. Add the chilis and ginger and cook until fragrant.
4. Add chicken and stir until slightly cooked, then add 3/4 cup of chicken broth. Low sodium would work well, since the fish sauce is salty. Add freshly cracked black pepper.
5. Reduced slightly then add cilantro. Serve over white rice.

This is a great tasty meal that was simple to prepare. One pot dishes are the best because of the easy clean-up and the leftovers are even better.

Don't be scared of fish sauce - it's commonly used in a lot of Asian dishes. You've probably eaten some at restaurants and you had no idea. Surprise!

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