Twenty-four hours in the air delivered me to a full-blown Summer or, to be more exact, the first heat wave of the season. My hot flushes had been appeased by the cold and bluster of the Southern hemisphere and now I am pining for weather I cannot have.
The day after I came back, waking from a semi-comatose sleep finally in my bed and not sitting upright, I took stock of the fridge and its slim pickings. I purged it of wilted lettuce and soggy celery and, before running to the grocery store, I took the necessary step of pulling out all the condiment bottles that seem to live in one’s refrigerator in perpetuity. I am always mildly alarmed when I check for expiration dates and don’t find any, like that bottle of stir-fry sauce I used once and never again. It tasted and smelled fine. Maybe time to give it a go.
Between the jet lag and the heat, I was in no mood of cooking anything elaborate, so I marinated some chicken tenders in an improvised concoction, made up on the spur of the moment. And I decided it was time to take the grill out of retirement, dust it and clean it properly, under the careful supervision of Ottie and Portia, for the first grilling of the season to take place.
The chicken turned out to be more delicious than its quick preparation deserves and, being so simple, it will be repeated, maybe next time served with something less lazy than just a green salad.
RECIPE – serves 3
1 pound of chicken tenders (450 g)
1/4 C soy sauce
3 T stir fry sauce (of a sweetish variety, mine contained soy, honey ketchup, wine etc)
2 T sesame oil
a smidge of hot sauce
- If you are in the mood for a garnish, toss some peanuts or cashews with some Tabasco or other hot sauce and roast them for 10 minutes.
- Make the marinade by combining all the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If you can’t taste some sweetness, stir in some sugar or molasses. Add the chicken and let marinate for 30 minutes.
- Grill the chicken (I discarded the marinade but you could try using it for basting) until cooked. Serve with nuts if desired, rice and vegetables.