This chicken marinated in a deeply golden curry sauce with ginger and scallions is one of the essential components of arroz gordo, a dish from Macau. The marinade suits thighs with skin and bones, and does wonders for wings. Let them sizzle in the oven so the skin starts to crisp and brown, and you have an excellent accompaniment for drinks. They do not need any condiment, though a yogurt-based raita made with fresh mint would dress them nicely.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin
- 3scallions, cut in 1-inch pieces and smashed
- ¾cup rice wine
- 1teaspoon mild curry powder
- 2teaspoons ground turmeric
- 2teaspoons sherry vinegar
- 2pounds chicken wings, separated at joints with tips discarded; or bone-in chicken thighs
- 1 ½tablespoons cornstarch
- Crushed red chile flakes, to taste
Step 1Place ginger, scallions, 1/2 cup rice wine, curry powder, turmeric, vinegar and salt to taste in a bowl. Mix. Place chicken wings in a heavy resealable plastic bag. Add sauce mixture, seal bag and refrigerate 8 hours.
Step 2Heat oven to 400 degrees. Remove chicken from the bag, reserving as much sauce as possible. Spread chicken on a baking sheet and bake, turning once and basting with marinade, until chicken is cooked and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap loosely in foil to keep warm.
Step 3Strain leftover marinade into a small saucepan, add remaining rice wine and simmer about 10 minutes. Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water and whisk in. Season to taste with salt and chile flakes. Baste the chicken with thickened sauce and serve, or set sauce aside for basting when the chicken is reheated for the fat rice.