Saturday, March 13, 2010

Frat-boy gourmet presents: Manhattan chicken

The idea came to me in a dream,combine Bourbon Chicken and Orange Chicken into a single dish in the model of the Manhattan cocktail; and then I spent about a month dicking around trying to get the sauce right. but here it is

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 oz soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar (manliest of vinegars!)
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • combine soy sauce, bourbon, half of the orange juice, brown sugar, onions, bitters and garlic in a large baking dish
  • place chicken in dish and cover for 4-12hrs (longer is better [that's what she said])
  • preheat oven to 325 degrees (Celsius my backwards non-metric friends)
  • uncover and place chicken in oven, baste every ten minutes or so
  • after an hour place marmalde, vinegar, oil, sage, pepper, and the other half of the oj in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until smooth and thick (~2minutes).
  • cover chicken in orange sauce leaving some 1/3 of it aside for after everything is done baking and cook for another 20-30 minutes
  • remove pan from oven and coat with the remaining sauce
If you're the sort that cares for presentation (pansy!) i'd suggest a slice of orange and maraschino cherry on top of each breast.

Does it taste much like a Manhattan? not really. Is it fucking delicious? hells yeah.

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