|Yucatan Style Steamed Chicken|
The recipe was very, very vague, I assume that's what the Great British Bake Off technical challenge recipes look like: ingredients and a rough method, no cooking times, no fancy or detailed instructions, just a 'make the dish' general feel to it. Alan tried to talk me out of using it as I hadn't tested it before and I was modifying the recipe, but the whole thing made so much sense to me. I was familiar with all the ingredients and having done some research on the cooking method I thought the dish would be perfect. These are the results and I must say I'm delighted. I had never given much thought to steaming chicken, but I tell you, I'm going to incorporate that cooking method for chicken a lot more now. The meat was so moist and tender, it was nearly like a Barbacoa of chicken. Quick, easy and on the day a total success.
Note: this recipe uses banana leaves. I buy mine in my local Asian Food Store, but if you are really stuck, you can use parchment paper for this, however beware that the banana leave does give a bit of flavour to the dish, so if you can, source them. They are very cheap, a packet of 3 (more than enough for this dish) is about 2.50 euro and if you don't use them all in one go, they can be frozen easily.
Yucantan Style Steamed Chicken
(serves 6 people)
2 medium size oranges, zest & juiced
100 grams of achiote paste (you can buy it in our shop here)
6 big chicken breast fillets
Salt to taste
1 packet of banana leaves (see note above for availability)
Kitchen string or twine
Onto the Cooking:
3.- While chicken rests, get on with prepping the banana leaves; using scissors, cut the banana leaves in equal squares of about 25 cms (10 inch). You will need one square per chicken breast, but cut a couple of spare ones in case there is breakage and you need to overlap two leaves. Set them aside and prepare a steamer by filling it with some water (the same way you would if you were steaming potatoes). Bring it to boil and lower the heat so the water just simmers.
4.- Take a chicken breast and place it in the middle of one of the banana leaf squares. Pour a spoonful of the marinade over it, fold the banana leaf to wrap around the chicken breast forming a parcel, the same way you would fold a burrito. You can use a second leaf to reinforce if needs be. Use some kitchen string to tie around the banana leaf to keep everything in place and repeat this step until all six chicken breast are parceled in.
This chicken can be eaten in tacos by shredding it and filling soft warmed corn tortillas with it, top your tacos up with some lettuce and red onion thinly sliced. I also love it with a portion of Mexican Red Rice or Mexican White Rice. Either way, you will enjoy how quick and tasty this recipe is.
|Beautiful Achiote Paste|