AFC GRILLED : Chef Sean Connolly

An evening of good food.

Lap Cheong Watermelon Bites

An asian take on watermelon bites!

Baked Fish with Kiwi in Sweet and Sour Sauce

Add a twist to sweet and sour fish!

Semperit Pandan Cookies

Cute cookies for the festive season!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Orange and Onion Caramelised Chicken Wings


Onions again? Yep, another dish laden with onions. Small onions, or shallots if you prefer, this time.

Orange and Onion Caramelised Chicken Wings

The internet is a really convenient way to find recipes, so much that it seems unnecessary to actually buy the books. I'm not moved by convenience, however. I really like my books! And if I have to flip countless pages just to find the perfect chicken recipe, I would and I did!

That's how I landed myself on Page 55 of Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape - Southeast Asia. It was a recipe for Orange and Ginger Caramelised Chicken Wings but I've tweaked it a little. Well, more than a little. I used brown sugar instead of white, added ground nutmeg, grated the ginger and increased the portion of some ingredients. I also did not sear the chicken on a pan in oil. Instead I chose to bake it before and after.

Orange and Onion Caramelised Chicken Wings
- 800g chicken wings (6 pieces)
- 10 small onions (sliced)
- 5 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 3 stalks lemongrass (smashed)
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ cup water
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Cooking oil
- Flat leaf parsley for garnishing

1) Season chicken wings with salt, black pepper and ground nutmeg for at least 30 minutes.
2) Arrange the wings in a layer on a baking tin. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 170C.
3) Heat oil in pan.
4) Add onions, garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Stir for a couple of minutes on high heat.
5) Add fish sauce and sugar. Mix well.
6) Add orange juice and water. Stir until it has thickened a little, into a nice looking sauce. Switch the heat off and leave aside.
7) Remove chicken from oven. Spread the orange and onion sauce over the half-cooked chicken wings.
8) Continue baking for 45 minutes at 170C or until chickens are cooked and the onions are golden brown. Baste once in between.
9) Garnish with flat leaf parsley!

From Top-Left, clockwise : Season chicken wings, Gather and prepare ingredients,
Arrange wings in a layer, Bake in pre-heated oven. 

From Top-Left, clockwise : Lightly fry the ingredients, Add the sugar in,
Stir well, Leave aside for the next step, Take wings out from oven,
Spread onion and orange sauce over wings and continue baking.

Fresh out of the oven!

This is best enjoyed with rice.

Adding the garnish

Orange and Onion Caramelised Chicken Wing on the plate!


September 28, 2014 - This recipe was featured by Asian Food Channel on their Facebook and other social media pages.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baked Chicken and Pink Lady Apples


I was catching up with an old friend over lunch. It lasted several hours! One of the things we discussed were relationship issues. When you have passed several tens age-wise, you just want things to be laid down for you - no games.

Baked Chicken and Pink Lady Apples

So, I'm going to lay it down for you straight. Our stomach's relationship with apples and onions can sometimes get rough. If you're susceptible to stomach bloating, then eat this in moderation.

Onions and apples are said to be gassy food. The effects are less when cooked. Still, it doesn't mean we should over-indulge ...unless it's chocolate. Then I say bring the wine out too and let's toast to a great year ahead.

I wanted to keep the flavours as natural as possible so the seasoning was kept to a minimal. The end result is a wholesome blend of onion and apple gravy, with yummy chicken juices.

Baked Chicken and Pink Lady Apples
- 2 whole chicken leg
- 5 Pink Lady apples (wash thoroughly, slice and soak in water, with lemon juice drizzled over)
- 2 large onions (sliced)
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 3 to 4 tbsp water
- Fresh coriander for garnishing (optional)

1) Marinate chicken.
2) Slice apples, soak in lemon water.
3) Arrange apples and onions on baking tray.
4) Bake!


1) Rub chicken with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and ginger. Leave aside.
2) Arrange slices of onions and apples on a baking tray. Add a bit of water.
3) Place chicken on top.
4) Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 50 minutes at 170C, basting twice (after 30 minutes).

Baked Chicken and Pink Lady Apples Garnished with Fresh Coriander




This post is linked to Little Thumbs Up event organized by Bake For Happy Kids with My Little Favourite DIY & hosted this month by I-Lost in Austen.


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