Isn’t chicken an amazing piece of food. There’s so much that can be done with chicken and tastes wonderful always. Mine, being an Indian kitchen curry is what come first in mind when there is meat in refrigerator. But I was a little bored with curries all the time so thought of little mix and much with whatever ingredients I could lay my hands on.
Chicken marinated in beer has its own different flavor and let me tell you it’s worth trying. Just in case you don’t like beer than let me tell you chicken doesn’t smell like beer at all. It only has a subtle flavor of it. Orange along with it makes it..ummm orangey.
Use the herbs you like, orange and beer with chicken and here’s sumptuous meal for you.
Preparation time: 2 hrs
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Chicken – ½ kg (you can use chicken breast or thighs)
Beer – ½ cup
Garlic – 3 cloves
Orange peel – ½ teaspoon
Orange juice – 1 ½ tablespoon
Celery – As much you like
Rosemary – 1 strand
Thyme – ½ teaspoon
Chili powder or flakes – As much you like ( I used half of the chili powder and half of chili flakes)
Oregano – ½ teaspoon
Vegetable oil – 1 tablespoon
Salt- to taste
Butter – 1 tablespoon
Salt – to taste
Orange jest – ½ teaspoon
Garlic clove- 1
Nutmeg – a pinch
Crush garlic cloves and chop celery. In a bowl add all the herbs and spices and mix with vegetable oil. I added ghee (clarified butter) here. Now add beer into the dry mixture. You can use any beer of your choice.
Clean the chicken and make cuts with a knife so that chicken soaks up the marination.
Soak chicken in marinate. Cover the bowl with cling film and put in refrigerator for about 2 hrs. Longer the better!!
Wrap the chicken in foil and in a preheated oven at 200’C cook for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes open the foil and cook for 15 minutes. Turn the sides after 10 minutes or so.
To make the sauce, heat butter in a pan. Add crushed garlic, salt, orange jest and a pinch of nutmeg. Now pour the remaining beer used for marination. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and the sauce is ready.
I had some red cabbage so I quickly roasted it and it did well along with our herby orangy beer chicken!!!!