This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “Sticky Soy-roasted Chicken with Shredded Sesame Beans”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant.
So much more than just a roast chicken, this slow food special is based on traditional Chinese Peking Duck but can be easily done in a conventional oven.
Redolent of chilli, garlic and ginger, the chicken is cooked low and slow after being basted in butter and then in a sticky marinade of soy sauce and honey. Roasted to a succulent tenderness, the meat can be shredded and served in rice flour pancakes alongside a slaw of steamed green beans drizzled in sesame oil.
Sticky Soy-Roasted Chicken
Prep time: 20 mins/ Cook time: 1 hour 10 mins / Serves: 4 to 6
You will need:
- A large free-range chicken, giblets removed
- 100g salted butter, softened
- A thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
- 3 small red chillies, finely chopped
- 200ml dark soy sauce
- 100ml honey
Preheat your oven to 150°C. Mix the ginger, garlic and chillies into the butter and rub over the chicken, making sure to get butter between the skin and the breast. Place the chicken on a rack inside a roasting dish and roast for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the dark soy sauce and honey in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced and sticky. Baste the chicken in the marinade and return to the oven, increasing the heat to 180°C. Roast the chicken for a further 30 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with the soy marinade. When done, the chicken should be golden brown with crispy skin. Allow to cool slightly then remove the meat from the bones with a fork.
Shredded Sesame Green Beans
You will need:
- 250g of green runner beans, washed and woody stalks removed
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
Using a speed-peeler, slice the beans into long thin slivers. Steam on high for 5 minutes and drizzle over the sesame oil and seeds. Serve alongside the shredded soy chicken with shop-bought plum sauce and Chinese pancakes.