I really haven't been following Oprah. I mean the Oprah episodes that I've seen are far and few between. So I was surprised to see a magazine subscription sent to me a couple of weeks ago. I found out later that a close friend of mine, Cathy, had given me a full year subscription of the magazine O as a gift.
A Fresh Start is the theme for January. And you know it's January when the gym is packed and the park is full of people running, walking and roller blading. Magazines and blogs talk about resolutions: to spend more time with the family, to start getting organized, to lose 20 lbs., etc. Sorry I digress. But the magazine offers fresh strategies on how to better oneself with the start of the new year, and boy I am so inspired.
With O magazine and my friend Cathy on my side (she calls me and emails me regularly to check on my diet and organizing projects) I can't fail. I am set to clean my pantry and make a conscious effort to make our food healthier.
So just like my previous Kulinarya post, I am making a healthy version of another Filipino dish called sinampalukan manok (chicken with tamarind). Instead of doing the traditional soup with chicken version, I steamed the chicken and used the same sinampalukan manok ingredients as a dry rub...
Pinasingaw na Sinampalukang Manok (Steamed Tamarind Chicken)
This recipe is under the category I can't believe it's that easy recipe. You can also prepare chicken soup stock with tamarind and serve it on the side (making this a deconstructed version of sinampalukang manok).
Chicken cut ups or whole chicken
4 cloves garlic, minced
freshly grated ginger
Clean the chicken pieces and pat dry. Make a rub by mixing the 3 ingredients: sinigang mix, garlic and ginger. Rub the chicken with the tamarind rub. If you are doing the whole chicken, rub inside the cavity and inside the skin. Throw in lemon hedges in the cavity.
Steam the chicken for 45 minutes to an hour or until the chicken is fully cooked.
Best served with rice (I used brown rice), cooked with the drippings from the steamed chicken. But please note, remove the visible fat and just add the liquid used to steam the chicken...