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INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHICKEN
2 big pieces of the de-boned chicken leg about 500 grams / 1.1lb
1/2 tsp of salt
Black pepper to taste
A few shakes of 5 spice powder (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3dmQzaY)
1.5 tsp of rice wine (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3gvED8P)
3 cloves of garlic roughly diced
1 inch of ginger sliced thinly
2 scallions cut into 1-inch-long pieces; lightly crush it before adding it to the chicken.
1/4 tsp of baking soda (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3uOGJ7m)
INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE
3 tbsp of honey (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3stnsqQ)
2 tbsp of soy sauce (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3shhcCg)
1/4 cup of rice wine can be replaced by water (Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/3gvED8P)
De-bone The Chicken Legs. Lay them skin-side down. Roughly cut the chicken by using just the tip of the knife. Don’t cut through the skin; we just want to cut off some of the tendons so when you pan-fried the chicken, it doesn’t shrink and bulge up too much.
Season the chicken with salt, Black pepper, five-spice powder, rice wine, garlic slices, ginger slices, crushed 2 scallions, and 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Mix well. This needs to marinate for at least 30 minutes, the longer, the better.
While waiting, we can prepare the sauce. In a bowl, combine 3 tbsp of honey, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1/4 cup of rice wine. Mix well. You can replace the rice wine with water if you can’t cook with alcohol.
Preheat the cast-iron skillet for a minute. Switch the heat to medium or medium-low. Add some oil and swirl the oil around.
Remove all the aromatics from the chicken. Place it into the frying pan skin-side down. Cover with a lid to create some steam so you can cook the top part of the chicken. It will take about 5-6 minutes for the skin to become nice and golden.
Flip it to fry the other side for a couple of minutes. Pour in the sauce. The rice wine will evaporate fast as soon as it hits the hot pan so the final dish will not taste like alcohol.
Let the chicken simmer in that sauce for a minute or 2 so it can absorb the flavor. Take the meat out. Let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
The sauce contains honey so it will naturally thicken into the syrup texture. Pour it into a small bowl.
Slice the chicken and place it on top of white rice. Serve with some blanched vegetables on the side. Drizzle honey glaze sauce over. Sprinkle some sesame seeds for the nutty taste. Top a little bit diced scallions as garnish.