Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Turmeric Roast Chicken

Not overthinking things opens opportunities for creativity. Coming up with new recipes is about exploring beyond our comfort zone. Sometimes it turns out extremely well, sometimes it's just so-so but at the end of the day, it still boils down to personal taste.

Perhaps it was the sun that inspired me that day but there was this great desire to roast chicken with a deep yellow colour. The only ingredient I could think of to achieve this goal was "turmeric". Ooo..nothing else? Yellow curry powder, perhaps!

I went with turmeric and so was born my version of Turmeric Roast Chicken ♥

Mmm..mmm..it does look good! Tastes just okay being mildly spicy and sweet-saltish like but not quite what I had in "mind". I had imagined a more robust flavour so I guess I'll be playing around with how I season this the next time I attempt this recipe.

Turmeric Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Onions at the sides

For the paste : 1
½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 medium onions and 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped, bit ginger, 2 red chillies (seeded)  - blend all together with just enough water into a medium thick paste.

For the seasoning, this would be up to you because I'm still working on it. I've got salt, sour plum juice mixed into the paste and then, a bit of honey which I brushed on at the end of baking time.

1) Place the chicken, whole, onto a baking tray. Rub some of the paste all over the chicken.

2) Pour the remainder of the paste onto the chicken and bake this in a pre-heated oven at 190C for 1-2hours (depending on the size of the chicken).

The chicken was basted a couple of times in between because I was excited about keeping the colour intact.

I also brushed some honey onto the chicken in the last 5-10 minutes of baking time, keeping close watch to ensure it doesn't burn. I know what honey does! I could not resist doing this because I really wanted a little "sweet" to top it off.

Turmeric Roast Chicken - In progress

Well, that's that. It's back to the drawing board for me. Happy experimenting!

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