Roasted chicken on a bed of Chinese Vermicelli and broth.


It is dinner time once again. And tonight is inspired by the amazing lunch I had today, in the Gugulethu township, and the Chinese cuisine. I love Chinese flavours :). Funny enough growing up, people thought I had some Asian blood in me because of the shape of my eyes. But my mother swore she didn’t know any Asian people, never mind making a child with one.image

Anyway, on to dinner. Tonight I’m making Roasted chicken marinated in Mzoli’s secret braai sauce, served on a bed of Chinese vermicelli noodles and a soy and ginger broth. With an alternative red cabbage purée instead of the broth, as my sister does not appreciate spicy flavours.

What do you need?

– Chicken thighs.   – Mzoli’s braai sauce

– Chinese vermicelli noodles.

– Fish stock.  – soy sauce.  – ginger.      – red cabbage   – miso soup paste

– Spices- pepper, chili flakes, tumeric.

– leftover red cabbage purée

What to do?

– The chicken- dry rub with pepper, salt and chili flakes. Add onto roasting pan with fish stock, then drizzle olive oil on top. Pop into oven at 230 deg for 45 min. At 30 min, take out of the oven and brush with the Mzoli’s sauce and put the pan back. At 45 min take off oven again and brush with the sauce. Cover with foil so it doesn’t cool too quickly while finishing your other elements of your meal.

– The broth- in a pot, add a cup of fish stock, 2 tbs of soy sauce, 6 slices of ginger( not too thin), roughly chopped onions, a handful of red cabbage for some sweetness, 1 tsp of turmeric and 1 tbs of miso soup paste. Let this slowly boil until reduced to 3 quarters. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then sieve for serving.

– Vermicelli noodles- these cook very quickly. Into a pot with boiling salty water, add the noodles. It should take 2-3 min to cook.

– Red cabbage purée- this is left over from a dinner a few days ago. Check it out under; Beef fillet with couscous, green beans and red wine jus.

Serve in a pasta bowl. Pour in the broth, then the noodles in the middle as a bed for the chicken, then the chicken. Drizzle the juices from the roasting pan on top of the chicken, then garnish with chives and a tomato.

Roasted chicken with Chinese noodles and broth
Roasted chicken with Chinese noodles and broth
Chicken with vermicelli and red cabbage puree
Chicken with vermicelli and red cabbage puree



NB- I prefer cooking with chicken thighs as they have some fat that adds a lot more flavour, as compared to breast that tends to dry quickly.

Dinner is ready
Dinner is ready

The Chinese vermicelli noodles are also known as glass noodles or cellophane noodles.

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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