Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Chicken Wrapped in Pandan

This is a must order dish each time I visit any Thai restaurant. I just love the sweet smell of the pandan leaves. I made this healthier version by baking it instead of frying it.

Ingredients :

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp finely minced cilantro with roots
1 tbsp of minced ginger
2 tbsp finely minced garlic
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp palm or regular sugar
1/2 tsp of tumeric powder
pandan leaves (screwpine pandanus) - thawed and cleaned


Method :

1. Mix all ingredients except pandan leaves. Marinate for 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.
2. Form pandan leaf into little pockets and fill with a couple pieces of marinated chicken, or simply wrap a few pieces of chicken with pandan leaf.
3. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree F oven for 20-25 min or until golden brown.

Note : You can deep fry this in a hot oil until chicken is cooked. Drain well and serve immediately.

19 comments:

Ummi said...

Gert, this is my favorite. But sometimes ada rasa manis2 sikitlah.

Valerie Kuan said...

where did you get the pandan leaves?

Little Corner of Mine said...

This is also my must order in a Thai restaurant back in M'sia. The Thai restaurants at my place don't serve pandan chicken. Great! now I can make it myself instead of waiting to eat it in M'sia. :)

Lil' Ms Pinky said...

This is my favourite too! Will try it out when I get an oven.

beachlover said...

oh!! long time didn't eat this dish..must try b4 I go back..Hmmm..bake?.good idea!!

Anonymous said...

Gert, i sometimes order this dish at Thai rest. but fried version la...i think the bake/roast version would be better, less oily - more healthy.

-Kath

Mochachocolata Rita said...

how gorgeous...i wonder if i cud get pandan leaves easily here...hihi

Cat Cat said...

Gert,
Robert love this pandan chicken everytime we eat in Penang Restaurant, DC... He loves the boneless and tasty meat...

tigerfish said...

You are starting to eat fried food! Means you have totally recovered :D

Like pandan chicken for the fragrance . It's so delicious.

Aiyah Nonya said...

Hey that is a good idea to bake them instead of frying .

I Cook4Fun said...

Ummi, manis sikit because of the palm sugar :)

Valerie, I can get pandan leaves from the Vietnamese store. Is in the freezer.

LCOM, now you can make it yourself :)

Pinky, don't have to wait for the oven. You can always fry it.

Lesley, is much healthier when you bake it but it take much longer to cook.

Kath, yeap is much healthier :)

Rita, I am sure you can find pandan leaves in Hong Kong.

Cat, why don't you make some for Robert?

Tigerfish, not fully recover yet. Still having some cough :)

Nonya, yea is better than frying :)

Big Boys Oven said...

oh you really read my mind! will call you sen sei! lol! lovely!

OndeOnde said...

Hallo Gert.

I remember having cedok-ed your idea here (paratha curry puff) quite sometime ago. Stumbled upon your blog accidentally while blog-hopping. But I haven't leave my thanx to you at that time. SORRY. Am doing it now :) The puffs turned out great! In fact, it has become my family's fav.

thanx for sharing the recipes. you are such a great cook.

about this pandan chicken, does the chicken turned out to be crispy or just tender because I do not eat chicken unless if it is really crispy or crunchy. TQ.

I Cook4Fun said...

BBO, so are you going to make some for yourself :)

OndehOndeh, thanks for your comment. Glad your family like the paratha puffs. If you fry the pandan chicken it will be crispier then the bake one.

The Cooking Ninja said...

I so love this. Unfortunately I can't get pandan leaves where I live now. sob sob Tried growing them but they kept dying on me. :(

I Cook4Fun said...

Ninja, lucky we are able to get the frozen pandan here. A friend gave me a small pandan plant but it died. I guess the weather here is not suitable for this kind of tropical plants.

Yasmin said...

hey, this was an awesomely simple recipe. Brought to my sister's breaking-fast gathering (its ramadhan now btw) and it was a hit with the kids. Feedback, it was good but I stuffed too much chicken in one pandan leaf hence a little undercooked. LOL.

Will try it again next time. I'm an amateur cook and your blog is the one i always frequent for recipes (aka my secret weapon.) Thank you so much!! Looking forward for more. ;)

ICook4Fun said...

Yasmin, Selamat Berpuasa. Thanks for dropping by and your kind comment. I am glad you like this pandan chicken. Hope you try out other recipes here.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Amelia, this looks gooooood!!!!