Recipe Review: Sticky Tamarind Chicken with Crispy Lettuce from Dinner: Changing the Game
When I get a new cookbook, I typically browse the table of contents first. I like to figure out which recipes are appealing on name alone before swaying my desire with beautiful photographs. Then I skim through page by page seeing now which photos jump out at me. I let the excitement build with each pass.
I did that with Dinner, and the Sticky Tamarind Chicken was one of those recipes that won me over by both recipe name and photo, and then won bonus points since I had nearly all the ingredients on hand.
Despite its long ingredient list this dish came together super quick. Make a quick marinade with delicious ingredients including a few of my favorites (umami packed fish sauce, and salty-tangy-rich tamarind paste).
A quick marinading time, then time in the oven and well. . .where did all the flavor go? I have to say I had really built up my expectation for this one and came up disappointed. The sauce just didn't permeate the meat, so the chicken was bland.
Convinced it could be better I whipped up another batch of sauce the next morning and this time used it on pork meatballs. The result, divine. Perfectly sweet, savory, salty, and and satisfying.
The sauce is the real star of this recipe. Where the recipe fell flat with the chicken, it leveled up my already satisfying simple pork meatballs (just ground pork, some garlic, and salt - I make them all the time). I suspect with longer marinading time (minimum 30 minutes) the chicken thighs might be redeemed. I'll certainly give it another try.