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Valentine's Day Recipe: Roast Thai Chicken Legs

Jan 23, 2013

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, time to charm! Do you have the big date night all planned out? Yeah, you can go with the good old postcard / flower / chocolate combo - OR you could go really cool this time. Why not whip up a magical candle-lit wine dinner at home for your loved one? Are you saying you are not a kitchen guru? Well, let us help you out here with a wonderful yet simple recipe - you can't go wrong with this one. We borrowed this recipe from Jamie Oliver and then modified it so that you don't have to set your home on fire while trying to barbeque a chicken for your darling. We also took down the amount of garlic, for obvious reasons when it's for Valentine's Day! Here it is:

Roast Thai Chicken Legs with Jasmine Rice and Salad


4 chicken legs

1 bunch fresh coriander

2 sticks of lemongrass

1 green chilli

Juice of 2 limes

1 thumb-sized ginger

2 cloves of garlic (don't worry, it will not ruin the rest of your night!)

1 tablespoon of honey

3 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt & pepper


For the sides:

2 dl jasmine rice + 4 dl water

1 bag of mixed salad

1 tray of colourful red peppers (red, yellow and green)

2 tomatoes


(1) Put the coriander, lemongrass, chilli, lime juice, ginger, garlic, olive oil, honey and some salt and pepper into a food processor and mix well. If you don't have a food processor, you can simply cut / chop everything up into small pieces and mix together.

(2) With this wonderful aromatic baste cover your chicken legs well on each side. Let stand for an hour. You could even do this preparation the night before - if the legs marinate overnight they will take on all the wonderful flavours righ to the bones.

(3) Place the chicken legs into a baking tray and cover with aluminium foil - feel free to use one of those disposable aluminium trays, one less thing to wash after dinner. Reheat oven to 200 Celsius and put the chicken legs in. Best is if the meat is on room temperature when you put it in the oven. Bake the meat for about 30 minutes, then take the aluminium foil off and turn the heat down to 180 Celsius. Bake for another 15 minutes or until tender and brown. Easy way to test whether the chicken is ready is to cut to the bone - if it's still pink, it needs to cook further.

(4) While the chicken is baking, put 2 dl of rice and 4 dl of water with a pinch of salt to the boil, then cover and turn the heat down. Simmer until rice is ready (approximately 10 minutes).

(5) Chop the bell peppers and tomatoes to nice equal shapes - you can even go creative with heart shapes if you feel adventurous! Mix the leaves and the other vegetables into a nice colourful bowl of salad

(6) When everything is ready, set the table, light up the candles and pop the wine open! We recommend a wonderful Mészáros Bikavér Reserve 2009 with it - its wonderful spicy flavours will complement the Thai herby aromas, yet its medium body will not overtake the chicken's wonderful taste. Order now to make sure you are all set for the big night!


Prepare this for your Valentine - if you send us a photo of your Valetine's Day dinner with one of our wines in the picture, we will send you a HK$50 coupon which you can use for your next purchase!


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