Glorious Garlic

Garlic

Raw, dried, chopped, julienned… when it comes to cooking, there can never be enough garlic!

Not too sure how to cook vegetables? One of the easiest (and healthiest) ways is to simply stir-fry them with garlic. Sick and tired of eating plain bread with butter? Just add chopped garlic and toast the bread for some delicious homemade garlic bread.

Garlic is versatile and has a wondrous ability to add a lot of flavour to just about any dish. This is one of the reasons why it is often a key ingredient in many Asian recipes. To add to the infinite list of delicious dishes with garlic, here are two amazing recipes for you and your family to enjoy.

Herbed roasted chicken with garlic sauce

Ingredients

For roasted chicken:

1.2 kg                    Chicken breasts

2 tbsp                    Fresh Italian parsley

2 tbsp                    Fresh thyme

2 tbsp                    Fresh tarragon

1 tbsp                    Olive oil

½ cup                    Freshly squeezed orange juice

Salt and pepper, to taste

For garlic sauce:

400 ml                   Chicken stock

1                            Shallot, chopped

4 cloves                 Garlic, julienned

1 tbsp                    All-purpose flour

1 tsp                      Unsalted butter

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Remove herbs from stem and chop together.
  2. Then, place chicken in a large bowl and mix chopped herbs, olive oil, orange juice, salt and pepper. Marinate for at least 4 hours or preferably, overnight.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 170 ᵒC and roast chicken for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked. Occasionally baste chicken with marinade.
  4. While chicken is cooking, drizzle a little olive oil on the garlic and air-fry for about 5 to 8 minutes, until crispy. Alternatively, you can use a toaster or oven.
  5. Now, transfer roasted chicken breasts to a plate.
  6. Pour all cooking juices from the roasting pan to a bowl. You may use a strainer to strain the cooking juice.
  7. Pour chicken stock and cooking juices into a pan
  8. Add butter, shallots and garlic.
  9. Bring sauce to a boil, add flour and stir until sauce is smooth.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve chicken warm, together with garlic sauce alongside a bed of vegetables.

Garlic fried rice

Ingredients

2 cups                   Cooked brown or multi-grain rice

1 bulb                    Garlic, chopped

2 tbsp                    Olive oil

1 carrot                 Chopped

2 tsp                      Japanese light soy sauce

A handful of chives, sliced

A handful of spring onions, chopped

Salt and white pepper

Method

  1. In a wok over medium heat, add oil and fry garlic until brown.
  2. Then, add carrots and stir-fry until cooked.
  3. Add rice and chives, mix well.
  4. Add soy sauce, followed by salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top fried rice with spring onions and serve hot.

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