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Teri's Beggars Chicken 

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

I make it a habit of scouting for new recipes as often as possible and there a few chef's that are to me pure cooking inspiration. Marion Grasby is one of the few whom I adore and her recipes which are namely Thai or Asian inspired are really amazing to watch and try. I did a bit of research on this particular dish before even attempting because while I like having my own twists I like retaining the essence of what I am trying to create. Turns out there is a very interesting backstory to this particular meal and quite a few variations. With this realization I decided to trust my girl Marion and go forth with a little Asian Inspo and a lot of Teri flavors... here's my version of Beggars Chicken.


3-4 lb. Chicken

1 tbsp Green Seasoning

2 tbsp Black Pepper

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1 tbsp 5 Spice Seasoning

4 large cloves Garlic

3 Cilantro Roots (Set leaves aside to Garnish)

1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

2 sticks Cinnamon

3 Star Anise

4 tbsp regular Soy Sauce

1/4 cup Browing

2 tbsps Brown Sugar

2 tbsps vegetable oil

Method ●Wash and clean chicken with water and vinegar. (I removed the skin off of my bird but it is not necessary) ● Season chicken with green seasoning and pinch of the salt and set aside to marinate either for 1 hour or or overnight. ●In a saucepan large enough to hold your bird place oil on low and add garlic, cilantro roots, black pepper, red pepper flakes and salt and grind to paste. ●Add paste to pot still at a low heat and cook for a few secs. Add Chicken, breast side down and cook for approximately 2 mins until chicken has a bit of color. ●Flip bird and add Soy Sauce, Browning, Cinnamon, Star Anise and just gradually move mixture around chicken. ●Add water to pot until chicken is covered and raise heat to medium. Add 5 seasoning and sugar, stir and cover. ●Cook for 30-45 mins depending on the size of the chicken turning once or twice gently so as to keep flesh intact. ●When Chicken is fully cooked remove from the pan place in a dish and further seasoning broth with salt if neccessary...I allowed the broth to break down a bit further before I turned it off. This was a definite winner for me I paired this beautiful brown chicken and fragrant broth with White Jasmine Rice and Sauteed Garlic Bhodi topped with Cilantro and Sesame Seeds so delicious. Thanks for joining me for another session of Food Therapy, see you soon ♥️

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