Monday, January 10, 2011

From The Kitchen: Honey-glazed Stuffed Chicken with Spinach and Cheese


Yesterday was the debut episode of Masterchef Junior Australia, which is now my new favorite show to watch, and man, these kids are amazing. They are totally at ease and comfortable around the kitchen. I was utterly godsmacked with the talent of the little chefs. They are only 8 to 12 years of age, but they cooked food that look so professional and delicious, and that just put me to shame... isk isk isk. I could not even pronounced some of the fancy ingredients that they used, nor would successfully created such fancy meal, especially the desserts. They all sounded so passionate about cooking too. So young. I only got sincerely interested in cooking only after I finished college.... hohoh, tercabar deh. The cuteness factor is wayyyyyyy up, so be alert of frequent 'awwwww' moment, hehe. The show is on channel 711 Starworld, every Sunday at 8pm.

So watching the show make me excited to cook something new, so today after work, off to the kitchen!

Honey-glazed Stuffed Chicken with Spinach and Cheese

1. First, make the stuffing. Heat some butter in the pan, and throw in some minced garlic. Once the garlic is nicely browned, put in the spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Season with salt. Set aside to cool. Afterwards, add the cheese into the spinach. For this recipe, I used a specialty cream cheese with cranberry and citrus bits, but any type of cheese would have work - mozarella, parmesan, ricotta etc.

2. Make a slit along the chicken breast and flatten it. Scoop the spinach and cheese mix on the chicken breast and fold it. Use toothpicks to hold the chicken together, ensuring that the stuffing is all contained inside the chicken (otherwise, the cheese will melt out of the chicken).

3. Heat up the oven to 200-250 degree C.

4. While the oven is heating up, heat up the pan on the stove with a little bit of oil, and brown the chicken for a while to create that nice, golden crust.

5. Make a 'bowl' or a container using aluminum foil to hold the chicken inside the oven (it will catch the delicious juice of the chicken and glaze which can be reduce and use later as sauce).

6. In a bowl, mix some honey, chili powder and a bit of lemon juice. Baste the chicken periodically with this mix. Cook the chicken for 15-20 minutes.

7. Transfer the juices of the chicken (caught by the aluminum foil) into a pan, and heat it up until it thickens. Pour it over the chicken.

8. Serve the stuffed chicken with your choice of side - I make some buttered sweet corn to go with the main meal.

Future tweak: The chicken can be a bit bland since it was not marinated, and much of the flavor comes from the stuffing, so just make the best stuffing to your liking, and this meal would be awesome. The cream cheese that I use it a bit too sweet, so if I were to make this again, I will just use regular cheese.


3 comments:

  1. those kids in masterchef cook better than i ever will 20 years from now.

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  2. hahaha, ko tgk episode dua malam lepas, the last saringan? aku nak nangis tgk budak laki tu buat pasta sendiri from scratch.

    amazing stuff.

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  3. droooooolll your chicken looks pretty yummy too!! bila i balik yemen nanti kita main masak2 eh...

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