This is another recipe from Aunidayini's blog, hoho. She originally made it with prawns, and at that point, I was tempted to try it with chicken already. But, she then modified it and used it with chicken. The results were apparently very good, so of course, I have to try it now. :D So here it is~
What you need:
Boneless chicken pieces - I used 3 thighs and 3 drumsticks, deboned
Ground white pepper
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
10-20 curry leaves
2 dried chillies, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 cup oats
Sugar (I used demerera sugar)
Chicken stock granules
What you do:
- Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Add the light soy sauce, and season well with salt and white pepper.
- Melt the 1 tablespoon of butter in a wok and heat until bubbling. Add the chicken and fry until cooked through. Set aside.
- In the same wok, melt the 50g of butter together with the tablespoon of oil. Once hot enough, add in the garlic, dried chillies and curry leaves. Fry until fragrant.
- Add in the oats, adding more oil if necessary. Fry until golden brown and crispy.
- Season with chicken stock and sugar. Add in the chicken pieces, and mix well to cover in the oats. Serve immediately.
My housemates were a bit worried when I told them that I would be using oats for this dinner, as ... well, they usually use oats as cereal or porridge. (Me? I don't touch them :P) To tell the truth, I was a bit worried as well since A was coming over for dinner and its not really good to try out new dishes when guests are over, is it? I was also very worried when frying the oats in the butter, as they got all bubbly and looked like they were about to turn into porridge. So I just added in more oats and hoped for the best. :)
When I tasted the oats separately without the chicken, I thought they tasted a bit funny. Kind of powdery. I asked Hadi is this was because I used his "quick-cooking" oats, but he assured me that oats generally tasted like that. So... okay. I got him to taste it, and he claimed that it was delicious, so that gave me some hope. So I just mixed in the chicken, and served it up~
It was a hit! The others loved it, particularly the oats. It gave a good texture, apparently, since it was quite crisp. A said that it was "interesting" and I asked her if that was a good or bad thing, haha, since "interesting" can be interpreted in different ways. :P But apparently, it was in a good way, so yay~ They all liked the oats, like I said, and said that it was a unique way of using oats. Apparently, none of them (and me either) have eaten chicken with oats before, so this was new. And a yummy one as well :D I'll probably make this again some day. Hmmm... wonder how it will go if the chicken pieces were coated in flour and then deep-fried? Probably will make it even crunchier right? *drool* :$
Justin really liked chewing on the dried chilli pieces, but I found the whole thing a bit too spicy. Hadi and A liked the spiciness though, I think, haha. Our new dried chillies are very potent, I keep on forgetting that. In our old batch, I used to use about 3 each time, and you can barely taste the spiciness. But this one, even with one, its way too much. I actually wanted to add in dried chilli flakes, but luckily I didn't. :P Oh, and Justin also liked the garlic pieces mixed in the oats, which got all crunchy and golden brown from the frying. He even suggested I make a dish with garlic pieces instead of the oats next time.
Haha, I don't think so. :P
Quote of the day: You know it's a good recipe if it starts with a stick of butter.
(That's 113g of butter, in case you didn't know ;) )