Lets take a closer look, shall we?
Spicy Honey Chicken
For me, it always starts with that inexplicable widening of the eyes and a ‘I need to do this right now’ message running through my head.
If I fall in love with the idea of a particular book, I will drop all and run to the bookstore to get a copy. And of course, I wont sleep until I finish it. If it is a random song I fall in love with, I shall listen to it on loop until the lyrics are embedded in my memory. If my mum asks me to clear the table on a ‘Monica’ day, I shall not rest until the kitchen and the fridge is spotless. Well, you get the picture.
It’s with every little thing I do. It needs to happen that very instant, or I shall die a restless soul.
This is the incident of 2 days before I had to leave for Kolkata. I woke up in the morning, dragged myself out of the covers, switched on the laptop and sat with my orange juice to decide my IMDb Top250 movie of the day. It was precisely at that moment the ‘ping’ of my feedreader caught my attention.
A few hours later, I was dazed and wide eyed. Total credits to the food blogs of course. These images of food later overflowed into a lot of conversations I had that day too. Many people accused me of making them hungry minutes after they finished lunch. I got a bunch of angry phone calls from a couple of mothers too. It seems they had to cut short their afternoon nap, to feed their kids for the second time. I was talking of food in THAT much detail.
This one particular recipe caught my eye, and looked fairly simple to make. So I decided to take the plunge.
Spicy Honey Chicken , they call it 🙂
A bowl, a spoon, boneless chicken, vegetable oil, grated garlic, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, (and anything else you have at home, which would make sense. I tried to be cool and added something on the lines of a pinch of ‘Chaat masala’, and something brilliant smelling called ‘Meat Masala’), and honey.
Apparently, all you need to do is mix everything in the bowl minus the honey. Check for the taste, balance it the way you’d prefer (Extra spicy, lemony, whatever) and just marinate the chicken in this mixture for 5 minutes. Place it on the grill for 20-25 minutes.
Oh wait, and finally, just coat on a layer of honey on the chicken which looks and smells gorgeous by now. Let it be on the grill for another 5 minutes. And then truly,
(Can you believe how ridiculously simple this is?! Of course I had to drop everything else and make this! )
Can you see the sweet honey rolling off the surface?
The balance of the sweetness of the honey and the heat of the chili powder is something which has always fascinated me.
Next time, prawns! *snicker*