Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Daddy's Grilled Chicken


Hang on a second. This grilled chicken looks very familiar doesn't it?. It has an uncanny resemblance to Pinoy Chicken Barbecue. But this is different. This is Bobby Flay's recipe or rather Bobby Flay's mother-in-law, Laura's recipe :)

The homemade steak sauce. Delicious!


According to Bobby Flay, when Laura cooked this chicken for her daughters when they were young, she was channelling a recipe she remembered her father making for her when she was a little girl. That is really sweet isn't it? I too have a fried chicken recipe that my father made when I was a little girl. But it looks like I am not channelling that yet hah..hah...

The only change that Bobby Flay made to this recipe was to upgrade the bottled steak sauce in the marinade to a homemade version.


I love the raisins!

Now, who is this Bobby Flay? To be honest, I had no idea until he was featured in this month's Cook Like a Star. Now I know that Mr Flay is an American celebrity chef who owns several restaurants and is also a popular TV personality. 



I also learnt from Zoe that Bobby Flay recipes typically come with a long list of ingredients. In fact I also found out that there are also instances of a recipe within a recipe. Just like this one. To make the marinade, you have to make the steak sauce that goes into the marinade. But luckily, this recipe is not too long winded. Maybe because it was the mother-in-law's hee..hee...


Let's talk about the steak sauce first. I have never made any sauce before and I was quite eager to make this one. The best part was that I had all the ingredients on hand. Nothing extraordinary or exotic except perhaps for the Dijon mustard which I bought not too long ago for something else (what it was I forget).

Good luck cleaning the rack.

What goes into this steak sauce are onions, garlic, raisins, ketchup, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soya sauce and Dijon mustard. I thought the addition of raisins was interesting. After making and tasting the sauce, I realised that they were a wonderful addition. I followed the recipe to a tee except that I added 1 tablespoon of brown sugar as I found the sauce a bit too sour for my taste.


The sauce was then set aside to cool. The marinade for the chicken is pretty simple. Just lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and of course the homemade steak sauce. The recipe calls for 2 chickens but I used chicken parts instead - 3 big chicken legs and 4 wings. The chicken is seasoned with salt and pepper and rubbed with butter before being marinated. It would have been ideal to marinate the chicken overnight but I only had 2 hours to spare. 



To grill the chicken, I placed a metal rack (yup, my cake cooling rack) on top of a lined baking tray. It works very well but I think in future I will just place the chicken direct on the baking tray. It was hell washing the metal rack hah..hah...hah...


The result? A very happy ending with very tasty and succulent grilled chicken. I really love the raisins in the steak sauce. It is sweet and plump and so yummy when bitten into together with the chicken. I was happily picking up raisins from the roasting tray hah..hah... This recipe is a keeper. I am really glad that I got to know Bobby Flay!



Daddy's Grilled Chicken
Recipe source : Adapted from Parade's Community Table.com
(My notes and adaptations in red)

Ingredients : 
- Juice of 2 lemons
  • - 1 cup Steak Sauce (Recipe below)
  • - 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • - 2 (3-lb) chickens, butterflied (I used 3 chicken legs and 4 wings)
  • - 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used less, just enough to coat the chicken pieces)
  • - Kosher salt (I omitted as the marinade is salty enough for me)
  • - Freshly ground pepper

Method :

  1. Whisk lemon juice, Steak Sauce, and Worcestershire in a bowl. Put chickens in a baking dish; rub with butter. Pour lemon mixture over. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. (I rubbed the chicken pieces with butter and placed them in a big mixing bowl. Then I poured the marinade in and mixed with the chicken. I left it in the fridge for 1 hour and took it out to stand to room temperature for 1 hour)
  2. Heat grill to medium-high for indirect grilling. (Gas grill: Turn 1 burner on medium-high and leave 1 burner off. Charcoal grill: Bank all coals to 1 side.) Remove chickens from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. (I grilled the chicken at 180C).
  3. Season chickens with salt and pepper. Put chickens, skin side down, on cooler side of grill (indirect heat) and close cover; grill until skin is light golden with faint grill marks, about 25 minutes. Turn chickens skin side up, move to hot side of grill (direct heat), and continue grilling until skin is golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Flip chickens once more and grill over direct heat until skin is dark golden brown and crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thighs registers 165°F, about 8 minutes. (I placed the chicken skin side down on a wire rack which is placed on a lined baking tray. My cooking time was 45 minutes and I basted the chicken every 10 minutes with the excess marinade in the bowl. I flipped the chicken pieces over after 25 minutes).
  4. Remove chickens to a cutting board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest 10 minutes before carving.


Steak Sauce
(My notes and adaptations in red)

Ingredients :
- 2 Tbsp canola oil (I used grapeseed oil)
- ½ small grated onion (I used a small onion, chopped)



  • - 1 chopped garlic clove (2 cloves)
  • - ½ cup raisins
  • - ½ cup water
  • - 1 cup ketchup
  • - ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • - ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • - 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • - 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • - 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • - 1 tbsp brown sugar (my addition)

Method :
  1. Warm canola oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic clove and cook 30 seconds. Add raisins and water; boil until water has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add ketchup, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
Note : This recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce. You will have 1 cup leftover after using as part of the marinade. I suggest that you serve the extra sauce with the chicken. It's delicious!




I'm linking this post to Cook Like a Star, an event co-hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Yen of Eat Your Heart Out and Grace of Life Can Be Simple. The featured chef for the month is Bobby Flay.

50 comments:

  1. Yummmmm!!!! No worries about the rack, just soak in soapy water overnight. easier to clean. Good to use hot boiling water to soak too.

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    1. Arthur, I don't have a container big enough to soak it in. I did my best but couldn't get it all off. So I decided to make this rack my dedicated grill rack :)

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  2. Good morning Phong Hong.. "mm sai kong" (no need to say), your grilled chicken sure taste bombastic and delicious! Can explode I guess! I always love to look at your roast chicken and braised meat recipes.. All look very "yap mei" and "hoi wai".. The steak sauce looks like a lot of work, but if you have all the ingredients already, then no sweat, just mix and stir, easy..
    Daddy's recipe? Let me think.. When I was young, very very young, I remembered my dad cooks fried onions eggs with sesame oil! Yuck.. It was really yucky, but we walloped our rice coz there was no other dishes.. But dad makes the best pancake and butter cakes in the world :)

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    1. Hi Louiz! Wah...I so happy you terus say my grilled chicken very sedap :) The steak sauce was good, not that hard to make. Alamak, why your dad use sesame oil hah..hah... And he can make the best pancake and butter cakes yum! yum! Mine makes very good fried chicken but so long never do it hee..hee...

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  3. Glad that you enjoyed this recipe - and yes, Bobby Flay's recipes tend to be very very long..... and I had to look through 20 pages of recipes to find some easier ones to suit lazy me. Thanks for joining us in CLAS!

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    1. Hi Yen! Some of his recipes are simply not possible to follow hah..hah... But it was fun. Am contemplating another one but see how :)

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  4. yay, you read our minds and got us!! yes, it does look like the pinoy barbecue chicken you did earlier.. but then look may be the same, I guess the taste should be different.. else you won't bother to give it a try huh?? :)

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    1. SK, it suddenly hit me that they look the same and people may think I recycle my photos hah..hah... The taste is very different. I like this one better :)

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  5. very nice color and those little burnt even makes the chicken more tempting to me.. and with that appetizing steak sauce to go with, I am pretty sure it tastes excellent.. and oh, I see some lemons and I will no doubt squeeze them and drizzle the juice all over the chicken, it gives a kick to the aroma as well as the taste too!! :)

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    1. It is really good! It makes a difference to use the metal rack or else the chicken will be on the wet side. Overall, very happy with this chicken and it will be repeated!

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  6. PH, you are making me drooling early in the morning, yum yum!

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    1. hah..hah..Jess, I hope that you had breakfast!

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  7. Very tempting, and you are making me drooling even before lunch time is here, hehe...

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  8. Hi Phong Hong,

    FINALLY!!! I have found at two less complicated Bobby Flay's recipes and this is one of them :D Must be because this is BF's mother-in-law recipe!!! Not his!!! :p

    This shows that we don't need complicated recipes to cook delicious grilled chicken :D

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! It was quite hard to find BF recipes that are not so "ma farn". All so many ingredients and just reading I feel tired hah..hah... Am thinking of the ribs - the one you did with wings. But I need to muster enough strength to do it LOL!

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  9. interesting title . Reading the ingredients i can imagine it's very delicious

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  10. Hi Phong Hong
    Delicious looking grilled chicken! I would happily eat this anytime! Looks really good, and the sauce sounds really interesting with raisins! I like raisins too when used in savoury cooking.
    making me hungry and it is almost lunch time!

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    1. Hi Joyce! I was very happy with this recipe. Well worth the effort and this is one of the very few easy Bobby Flay recipes hah..hah...

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  11. Your chicken looks moist and delicious. But, if you had not put it on a wire rack, you'd probably wouldn't have gotten the crisp edges and the nice browning throughout your chicken...so, a little bit more hassle...pays off!

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    1. You are right! The wire rack makes a lot of difference. I decided to re-purpose that rack to a grill rack.

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  12. Good to know about Bobby Flay through Cook Like A Star.....and good to come across good dishes through Phong Hong Bakes & cooks!! Dishes like this always turns out finger lickin good!

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    1. Thank you, Mel! I was lucky that I found this easy recipe :)

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  13. I wanna try this recipe! ;)

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  14. I watched Bobby Flay on TV when I was in the US last year. He seems like a celebrity when he made an appearance on those late night shows, the applause he got..
    My daddy, he has only ever cooked one thing: spring onion pancakes LOL! That was like 15 years ago, I don't know his recipe :D

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    1. hah..hah... RG, your daddy's pancakes sound like those Korean pancakes. I like spring onions, so they must be good :)

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  15. I just had dinner and now looking at your grilled chicken made my stomach growled. Looks so tempting.

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    1. hah..hah... Veronica, then you must have some desserts!

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  16. Hi Phong Hong, your grilled chicken drumsticks and wings are so yummy-licious !
    The sauce has raisins ... interesting !
    BTW, glad that we now got to know BF (Bobby Flay) thru this event ... hee hee !

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    1. Hi Karen! Yeah, good to know Bobby Flay but no energy to try most of his recipes LOL!

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  17. Now these look seriously good! I love the combination of poultry and raisins - the compliment each other so well.

    Sometimes I feel a little like Flay with my recipes...way too many steps and ingredients, but you can't deny the end result is fab!

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    1. Hi Toby! Poultry and raisins is a first for me. I agree that it is very good! Your recipes are a lot more friendly. I did try your Chilli and it was really good. Did not blog about it because the photos looked like hell hah..hah... But I am going to cook it again because it was so good. But I will have to reduce the chilli powder :)

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  18. This is really good! The sauce also captivates me and the chicken wings looks so juicy and succulent!

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    1. Thank you, Claire! I think you can easily finish all the 4 wings hah..hah...

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  19. Looks so delicious and I am sure it tastes very delicious too. How I wish I can cook like you!

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  20. Those drumsticks sure look great. The sauce looks sweet, sticky and delicious.

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    1. The sauce is so good hah..hah... Made me lick my fingers :)

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  21. Hi, PH....can I have these drumsticks for lunch?

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    1. Jozelyn, can! can! I know you like drumsticks :)

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  22. My son will love this (so do I), he loves to eat chicken!

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    1. Hi Hayley! Yes, your whole family will love this!

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  23. The secret is in the sauce and I can't believe you made your own following the recipe with your own twist! So delicious!

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    1. Mun, it was not too difficult that's why I attempted it, Or else I would just give up hah..hah...

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  24. Hi Phong Hong,
    Oh! I am drooling now!
    This grilled chicken looks succulent !
    mui

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    1. mui mui, I love this chicken a lot. So sedap. I think your boys will love it!

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  25. Hi Phong Hong, wow.... I think I can polish 6 to 8 pieces no problem. Aiyoh.... look so... so...... inviting and delicious. Nice pictures.

    Mix baking soda with lemon juice and a bit of water into semi liquid paste, rub the baking soda paste on the grill, leave it for a while then scrub the rack. The stubborn stained need to try 2 or 3 times. When I grilled chicken, I use this soda paste to scrub all the rack and tray, no problem it come off easily.

    Best regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Amelia, in that case if I invite you for makan, I must cook two chickens LOL!

      Thanks for the cleaning tip!

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