Friday, October 1, 2010

Recipe Friday: Easy Chinese Chicken

"There are more Chinese restaurants in this country than McDonald's, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken combined."  Fortune Cookie Chronicles Blog (

Who doesn't love Chinese food?  Jennifer 8. Lee traveled the globe in search of the world's greatest Chinese food.  She wrote about her adventures in The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.  While eating her way across the U.S., she explained that Chinese restaurants cater to the tastes of their surrounding neighborhoods. 

This explained to me why I've seen pork chops, fried chicken and banana pudding on menus at Chinese restaurants in the South.  But one time in North Carolina, because of the language barrier, a customer at a dine-in establishment couldn't make the waiter understand that he wanted his meal served with the meat and "gravy" on top of the rice instead of in separate serving dishes.

Now, I ask, who doesn't love Chinese food?  My kids do--as long as it's from a restaurant, they informed me recently.  Regardless of how they feel, this is a wonderful recipe that's quick, easy and delicious.  It's adapted from Ling Yu's Spiced Roast Chicken found in her Cooking the Chinese Way, a cookbook for kids.

Easy Chinese Chicken

3 lbs. chicken thighs
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 t garlic powder
1 t pepper
1/4 cup sugar
1 T vegetable oil

Place chicken in a Pyrex baking dish, set aside.  Mix remaining ingredients.  Pour over chicken, then rub into poultry using hands.  Let sit at least two hours in refrigerator.  Bake uncovered for 90 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serves 4.

What's your favorite Chinese food?

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William Kendall said...

Egg rolls!

Maria McKenzie said...

Egg rolls, absolutely, and fried rice!