Portugese Chicken | 葡國雞. The odd thing about Portugese Chicken is that none of my Portugese friends have never heard of it. The name often conjures-up thoughts of roasted chicken, Churrasqueira-style. This actual dish hails from Macau, a formerly Portugese region across the river from Hong Kong, where my mom and dad had their honeymoon. It is a mild, rich, coconut milk-based curry with pronounced turmeric notes. A comforting family fave of ours for many years and a staple at any Hong Kong-style diner.
8 chicken drumsticks
1 200 ml jar of Lee Kum Kee Coconut Curry Sauce (Trust me! If you don’t have it, combine 1/2 can coconut milk, 1 tbsp turmeric, 1 tbsp curry powder, 1 tbsp organic raw sugar, 1 tbsp grated ginger)
1/2 can of coconut milk
1 white potato, chopped into chunks
1/2 onion, chopped into chunks
1 pint of mushrooms, stems chopped off and halved
1 carrot, sliced into cylinders
1/2 red pepper, chopped into chunks
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea Salt to taste
3 teaspoons tapioca starch
1. Sautée garlic, onions, potatoes on medium heat in a large skillet till caramelized.
2. Add-in red peppers, carrots and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.
3. Add drumsticks and cook till just browned.
4. Add coconut milk and stir.
5. Add in Coconut Curry Sauce and one equal part water, stir evenly.
6. Bring to boil and and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes or till chicken is just cooked. If sauce is runny, in a bowl mix three teaspoons of tapioca starch and just enough water to form a runny paste, and mix into sauce to thicken it.
7. Preheat oven on broil.
8. Place pan in oven and high broil for about 7-10 minutes till sauce is a bit, but not overly-charred.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool 15 minutes before serving on rice.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
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