Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Lemon and Honeydew Chicken



This post has been one that should have been posted a long, long time ago. The Lovely Wife has been making this dish for quite a while and it has sat in my list of to-do posts for ever so long! That explains why I have two different shots of the food as well.

This dish ranks as one of my son's favourites. It's not just him that loves this dish though, it's the whole family. The trouble with this dish is that you can't quite stop eating it. Eat. Eat. Eat. That's what happens everytime The Lovely Wife makes this dish.

The best thing about this dish is that the Chicken tastes great with our without the sauce and the sauce tastes great with or without the Chicken! It goes really well with rice and I'm not having you on when I say you just can't stop eating this!



The recipe is based on the recipe from Simply Sedap by Chef Wan with just a little modification where The Lovely Wife leaves out the chicken stock granules that Chef Wan puts in the sauce.

Ingredients
4 boneless chicken breasts - cut into strips
2 Tbsp Oyster sauce
1 Tbsp Cornflour
2 Tbsp plain flour
1 egg - beaten
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
Lemon and honeydew sauce


Lemon and Honeydew Sauce
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tsps light soya soauce
2 tsps cornflour
200g honeydew melon balls

Method
Marinate the chicken in oyster sauce and cornflour. Dust the chicken piece with plain flour and dip into the beaten eggs and then coat with breadcrumbs. Deep fry until golden brown. Drain and arrange on a plate.
Cover the chicken with the Lemon and Honeydew sauce.

Lemon and Honeydew Sace
Combine all ingredients except honeydew in a saucepan and mix together. Simmer till thick. Add in honeydew balls and heat through




The kids love to help by coating the chicken in the breadcrumbs and it's a lot of fun with the whole family in the kitchen helping out. As I mentioned earlier, the chicken on its own is really tasty and it has become The Lovely Wife's version of chicken fingers. The sauce can be served as a dip for the chicken although tomato sauce and chilli sauce go really well as a dipping sauce as well. This is great finger food!



It can be quite cumbersome to scoop out honeydew balls so sometimes, we just cut the honeydew into pieces. It doesn't affect the taste at all although it does look a lot better with honeydew balls.

No matter how you serve it, this dish has become a firm favourite in this household and it has become one of our comfort foods!

8 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

Great post Dharm. I can see why the whole family would enjoy this dish!!

Dee said...

It sounds like an unlikely combination, but I can imagine why it would be delicious. A friend made this amazing chicken dish with lychees and dried chiles that I still dream about.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes, love the look of that chicken. Balls or chunks, lovely.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love chicken and I love honeydew, but honestly I'd never have thought of combining them in one dish! What a great recipe; I'm definitely going to try it.

Jenny said...

I'm with Lydia, would never have thought to combine these, but now I can't wait to make this for us!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

What an amazing combination! I don't believe I've ever heard of this sauce before but I really like the sound of it! :D And if it passes the kid test then you know it's got to be good ;)

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I am with the majority - never thought to put honeydew with chicken. It looks great. Wish I could come for dinner!

Elle said...

Never seen a dish with honeydew and chicken like this, but I know my hubby would adore the flavor combinations, including the soy and lemon and melon and deep fry flavors. Surely it would disappear quickly at my house, too.

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