Posted by zheen | Posted in Recipes with Meat | Posted on 21-08-2011
If you’re sick and tired of fast food in your picnic table, then you can make one for your own which is so much more delightful than you can buy around the corner. Well, it might not be the healthiest dish to serve for your kids, but it’s definitely the one that will take the place of fast food chicken meals that your kids love so much.
With lots of issues on meat products, you can never be too careless in looking for meat to serve in your family. Here are simple things that you can do to find the best and quality chicken meat products in supermarkets.
♦ After the chicken is processed, it gets dumped after a week or two – it depends on the place it was stored. As always, take a look at its expiration date. If the chicken is near to its expiration date, take something that is newly processed.
♦ Sometimes, expiration dates doesn’t tell the whole truth. So you will need to look at the chicken’s features. Take something that has a dry and good coloring. Press it a little and it should spring back again.
♦ Take a look at the liquid of the packaging. It might contain some liquid, but too much isn’t good.
♦ If you want to store it, make sure that it’s frozen so that bacteria won’t get through it.
Baked Chicken Recipe
You won’t make something great out of chicken if you only know some simple breading. Instant marinades won’t do a lot too. Here is a great way to make a great chicken dish on your picnic table.
♦ 5 crushed garlic cloves
♦ 50 grams of brown sugar
♦ 3 tablespoon(s) of mild mustard
♦ 3 tablespoon(s) of balsamic vinegar
♦ 4 tablespoon(s) of Worcestershire sauce
♦ 3 tablespoon(s) of sweet paprika
♦ 1 teaspoon of chili powder
♦ Place the ingredients for the marinade in to a plastic bowl.
♦ Add the chicken
♦ From time to time, mix the chicken and the marinade to make a strong flavor
♦ After hours of marinating the chicken, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
♦ Get the baking tray and layer some greaseproof paper.
♦ Put the chicken inside the tray but don’t let the chicken overlap.
♦ Cook the chicken for 30 – 35 minutes. Then, turn sides and cook it for another 30 – 35 minutes. Some parts may take some more time like the drumsticks.
♦ Serve hot, or warm – whatever your kids prefer. (Since they’re going to eat it with their fingers!)
Making it Presentable
Baked or fried chicken served on a plain platter is okay, but it doesn’t impress guest in your picnic. How do you make it presentable? Of course, knowledge about garnishing is an advantage. If it’s your first time, garnishing is a simple way to make your dish more appealing to the eyes. Chefs consider it as an art – so you can be very creative while trying to make your backed chicken more presentable on the table.
This art of presenting food needs proper tools. If you don’t know something about it, you can try to research about the most used tools in garnishing. You may finds hundreds of different garnishing tools in the market, so it’s best to stick with the basic ones. Trying to improvise might do the trick, but always remember that a spoon can never function as a knife. Here are some of the garnishing tools that are mostly used in the kitchen.
♦ Apple cutter
♦ Citrus stripper
♦ Grapefruit Knife
♦ Small cookie cutters
♦ Butter curler and molds
♦ Melon baller
To spice up your baked chicken recipe, you can pair it up with cucumber garnishing. Aside from being healthy, its solid structure can make a great garnishing on the serving place. From flowers to cucumber twists, you can make it as long as you do it with proper materials. You can also pair it up with green leafy vegetables since the backed chicken offers a lot of fat. Carrots and radish celery are great to form fans and matchsticks that can be topped on the backed chicken dish.
Most vegetables fade when used as a garnish in serving plates – you don’t want this to happen! The best thing you can do is to plunge the vegetable in hot water first and place it in a bowl filled with ice or cold water. With this, the color of the vegetable will not fade even if it is exposed to air.
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