Rich, fragrant and flavourful! This Asian inspired recipe brings you the classic Laska flavour in the oven baked chicken.
Surprise there’s no laksa leaves? Well, that’s because Laksa, generally means, Curry gravy served with rice or rice noodle. This recipe is created by Chef Sharon Tay who has more than 20 years of experience working in the F&B industry. She’s an Italian chef who loves her family’s Peranakan food. Hence she has created this recipe.
The meat is tender, juicy and goes perfectly with rice. A dish that will undoubtedly impress. Tips from Chef Sharon to maximise flavour when marinating meat and you can use in any recipe:
- Make small incisions on the chicken meat and insert the marinade into the incisions.
- Gently separate the skin from the chicken meat and spread the marinade between the flesh and the skin.
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No. of servings: 4-5 pax
Preparation Time: 8 hrs | Cook Time: 1 hr 15mins | Total Time: 9hrs 15mins
- 6 whole chicken legs
- 70g big fresh red chilli
- 10 pcs dried red chilli
- 6 pcs candlenuts
- 50g dried shrimps
- 110g shallots, peeled
- 25g garlic, peeled
- 20g old ginger, peeled and diced
- 10g turmeric root, peeled and diced
- 10g galangal, sliced
- 4 stalks lemongrass
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 8 tbsp olive oil
- 200g fresh coconut milk
- 1 can pineapple fruit in syrup, 12 -15 pcs
- 75g pineapple syrup
- 1 large red onion, cut into quarters
- Red chillies, julienne
- Spring onions
Step 1: Blend the laksa paste
- Place all the ingredients and 2 tbsp of olive oil into the blender. Blend till the paste has a smooth consistency.
Step 2: Cook the laksa paste
- In a heated frying wok, add the remaining olive oil and paste. Fry on low heat for about 10 mins, till it’s fragrant and oil is released from the paste. Season with salt and sugar, as desired. Remove wok from stove, leave aside to cool.
- Once it has cooled down, drain out the excess oil. Use only the paste to marinate.
- Add coconut milk into the chilli paste, mix evenly. Scoop 4 tbsp and set aside to cook the chilli gravy as the final step.
Step 3: Prepare the chicken leg
- Gently separate the skin away from the chicken leg and use a knife to make a small incision in the meat.
- Rub the mixture onto the chicken and make sure it goes under the chicken skin. Add in the pandan leaf and give it a good mix. Seal the container and place it in a chiller. Marinate for at least 8 hours.
Step 4: 8 hours later, roast the chicken
- Preheat the oven at 165OC for 20 mins.
- Place the chicken in the oven, middle tray with top-down heat, and bake for 45mins – 1 hr 15mins, till the chicken is cooked through. To test whether the chicken is cooked through, use a toothpick and pierce into the middle of the chicken leg. If you can pierce through and remove the toothpick smoothly, it means that the chicken is cooked.
Step 5: Prepare the pineapple sauce
- In a heated pan with 1 tbsp oil, saute the onions for 1 min. The onion should remain crunchy.
- Add in pineapple cubes, remaining laksa paste and pineapple syrup.
- Bring it to a quick boil and reduce heat. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes and turn off the fire.
Step 6: Assemble and serve
- Remove the chicken from the oven. Remove the pandan leaves.
- Pour the pineapple onion sauce over the chicken and garnish with chilli and spring onion.
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