Easy Asian BBQ Chicken and Valuing Cooking!

Hi everyone. I had a great discussion with a woman wanting to take back her kitchen today. Believe it or not, she was encouraged NOT to cook as a child, and to pursue more interesting, intellectual endeavors. This is not the first time I have heard this.

For many of us growing up in the 70s, 80s and beyond, cooking was devalued. We are not here to point fingers, as our mothers and others believed they were helping us to develop into more evolved beings, but they were perhaps victims of the times and a bit misguided. Instead of blaming them for not providing modeling of cooking behaviors or teaching us to cook, how about we thank them for trying their best?

How about we show them that they raised a competent person who can overcome struggles and frustration and come out on the other side as a rockin’ Celebrity Home Chef???

Here’s a fantastic recipe that looks daunting but is actually crazily easy. Although some of the ingredients look scarily obscure, most supermarkets have them.

Mongolian BBQ Chicken (or tofu) -from the Cookbook “Chef Interrupted” by Melissa Clark

1/2 cup sherry vinegar (I use red wine vinegar)
1/2 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped (no skins)more for garnish if you like
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup Asian toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup plum sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup srirachi or chili-garlic sauce-found in most supermarkets but may have to go to an Asian food store (Whole Foods has it)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 TBS hot chile oil
2TBS minced shallots (I don’t put these in)
2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 TBS minced fresh gingerroot
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 1/2 lbs chicken thighs and legs (I use 5 lbs boneless, skinless thighs)

Now here is the easy part: Put ALL the ingredients together in a big bowl with the chicken (after you wash the chicken). Get sauce all over the chicken and dump the whole thing in a big bowl covered with saran wrap or in 1 or 2 Gallon size Ziplocs OR a big tupperware.

Leave it in the fridge for one or two days to marinate. When you are ready to cook it, broil in the oven in a roasting pan for about an hour. If you don’t have a broil setting, you can turn the oven to about 450 degrees and start checking the chicken to see if it is done after about 1/2 hour to 40 minutes. The sauce may be bubbling but the chicken may still be raw inside so stick a knife in it to check. If the tops of the chicken start looking too done, leave in the oven but cover with aluminum foil until done.

Serve this with rice and listen to your friends and family drown you in compliments.

Yes, you will have bought all these unusual ingredients but now you HAVE them and you can make the chicken again next week! No shopping!

Also, you can freeze the extra sauce, which you will have , and use it for a sauce for fish, tofu or whatever at another time. It is delectable! Enjoy!


2 Responses

  1. The Mongolian recipe reminded me of this one. It’s really good, especially on grilled chicken (wings especially). At the end you baste on the sauce. Awesome!!

    Mr. Q’s Chicken:

    Overnight Marinade:

    1C. Sherry, dry
    2 cl. Garlic
    1 C. Onion
    1 Tbs. Honey (no more)
    1 can Chx. Broth


    1 C. LaChoy Soy Sauce (must use this… it’s Chinese style instead of Japanese…)
    3T. Dijon Mustard
    1 C. Sugar (I have used less and it still turns out great.)
    3T. chopped Lemongrass/(Sometimes I use whole Coriander Seeds instead…)
    Boil then simmer to thicken. Strain out the lemongrass/corriander for extra dipping sauce.


  2. Let me just tell everyone how easy and tasty this dish is!!!! I made this up on Wednesday, marinated it for 2 days and cooked it last night for dinner. It was spectacular!!!! Sure there are a lot of ingredients, but all you do is mix them together poor it over the chicken, put in a ziplock and put in the fridge…that easy. I took it out put it in one of those throw away aluminum roasting pans from the store and popped it into the oven for about 1 hour. I served it with rice that I cooked in my newly purchased rice cooker…which I think everyone should buy as it is so easy. I sauteed up some baby bok choy in my wok and added to it some of the easy maple-soy sauce from an earlier post.
    The couple we had over for dinner could not stop commenting on how good it was. The flavors just explode in your mouth. The best part of this was that I got to enjoy our company…I only spent about 15 minutes in the kitchen the entire time they were visiting.
    This will be something that I continue to cook on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

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