Lifestyle

Ben's miracle marinade helps create one cracker of a meal

Ben's marinated Asian chicken salad.
Ben's marinated Asian chicken salad.

MY BEST friends have moved more times than I can count during the past 10 years, but there is one crinkly little piece of paper which seems to have survived every relocation.

It has taken pride of place on the refrigerator of every share house they have lived in and while the faces of their various housemates have changed, that little piece of paper has remained the same.

The contents of that sheet of paper are the ingredients, in exact proportions, for the tastiest marinade in the world.

They call it Dave's miracle marinade but I call it Ben's miracle marinade on account of it's my friend Ben who is always in charge of cooking the dish.

The Asian inspired marinade is perfect for chicken and Ben usually serves it up with some rice or other vegetables. I like to serve it up with thinly sliced or julienned vegetables such as snow peas, capsicum, carrot and radish which make it into a great salad. The crunchy vegetables give the rich chicken marinade some freshness and the dish a variety of textures.

Before eating this dish many years ago, I was definitely a chicken breast person. I just didn't get thigh meat at all. When I most recently cooked this dish for a colleague, she asked why I was using thigh and not breast - it reminds me of the same conversation I had with Ben the first time he cooked it for me.

But it only took a mouthful to convince my colleague that chicken thighs are great to use in these kinds of dishes. They don't dry out the way that chicken breasts do and are half the price.

Letting this one marinate overnight is best but a few hours in the fridge will do the job.

 

Marinated Asian chicken salad

 

Ingredients

Marinade

1kg chicken thigh fillets

1/2 cup chopped basil

1/2 cup chopped coriander

2 tsp sesame oil

3-4 tsp olive oil

3 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp chilli flakes

2 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp oyster sauce

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp ginger

Salad

3 radish

A medium red capsicum

100g snow peas

2 carrots

 

Method

Trim fat from thighs. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl or baking tray with chicken thighs. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Heat a large frypan to medium/high heat and add thighs. Let cook on one side and turn. You may need to turn the heat down so it continues to cook without burning.

Continue to turn every few minutes until cooked through (about 15 minutes). Meanwhile, julienne your vegetables, mix and divide on to plates.

When the chicken is cooked through, slice into strips and place on top of the vegetables.

Drizzle with any marinade left in the pan. Garnish with extra coriander.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  cooking easy eating food lifestyle recipes



Blue Pools bloom here to stay over summer

The Blue Pools at Angourie which has been closed due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom.

Hot, dry weather means pools will likely stay closed

NSW lightly loosens liquor, lockout laws

Critics say the relaxed lockout laws are still too stringent to promote a thriving night life.

Bottle shops will be allowed to stay open until 11pm

Check out twinkle town

JUMP ON BOARD: Driver for Clarence Community Transport Hank Steeghs getting ready for Christmas lights tours in the Clarence Valley.

Need help finding all the Christmas lights in your area?

Local Partners

Check out twinkle town

Enjoy a tour of the Clarence Valley's Christmas lights this year with the Clarence Community Transport


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Ready to rumble: Boxing makes long-awaited return to Grafton

DETERMINED: Grafton Amateur Boxing Club members Zac Cotten (Cruiserweight), James Morrison (Jnr Featherweight), Eddie Debono (Super Heavyweight), Rhys Walters (Light Heavyweight), Joseph Pigg (Jnr Welterweight), Jamie Mansfield (Cruiserweight) are prearing for upcoming fight night in Grafton.

Five North Coast title belts up for grabs

Cyclist's 24 hours of pain for mental health

International endurance mountain-bike rider Morgan Pilley is used to pushing through the elements, but this weekend he'll push on to raise money for local mental health services in a charity ride at Junction Hill.

Ride For Youth to raise money for local youth mental health services

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Obama's private struggle laid bare in film

Australian actor Devon Terrell portrays a young Barack Obama in the Netflix original movie Barry. Supplied by Netflix.

Filmakers focus in on Obama's legacy

Brad Pitt's sons won't see him

Brad Pitt's eldest sons are reportedly "refusing" to see him.

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Give a little more this Christmas

TIME TO GIVE: Lee Johns, Courtney Smith and Daniel Kelly of Ray White Yamba promote their Little Ray Of Giving Christmas gift appeal.

Call out for presents, big or small

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!