Sticky Mocha Coffee Chicken – Amazing Sticky Coffee Chicken – Sticky Chicken with a Difference!!!

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Sticky Mocha Coffee Chicken - Amazing Sticky Coffee Chicken - Sticky Chicken with a Difference!!!
Recipe type: Chicken / Poultry
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Serves: 4-8
Sticky chicken is awesome in any description, but this sticky mocha coffee chicken is at least a few steps ahead of the competition. A few episodes ago we introduced xanthan gum, the thickener of the future. This recipe owes its amazing stickiness and phenomenal mouth-feel to this simple ingredient
  • 150ml Light Soy sauce
  • 125ml Brown sugar
  • 60ml Sherry
  • 80ml Strong brewed coffee (at least double strength)
  • 60ml Olive oil
  • 8 Chicken pieces (drumsticks & thighs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine the light soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, strong black coffee, and oil.
  2. Normally there would be no way to combine the oil with the rest of the ingredients, and this is where xanthan gum comes in. Xanthan gum is a strong hydrocolloid which with its bipolar nature will effectively bind the oil and water based ingredients.
  3. Add the xanthan gum and zap the mixture for 60 seconds using your stick blender. You can also do this in a regular blender.
  4. Place the chicken pieces into a vacuum packing bag. If you don't have a vacuum packer, use a ziplock bag and extract as much air as possible.
  5. Pour the marinade.
  6. If you're using basic front-loading vacuum packer, it is a good idea to elevate the machine. This allows you to extract the air from the bag without sucking liquid into the vacuum pump, which will almost certainly damage the machine.
  7. It it also a good idea to do second seal to ensure that the bag does not leak.
  8. Transfer the bag to your refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for at least four hours.
  9. After the marinating time, cut the bag open and empty everything into a tray or container of some sort.
  10. Heat a heavy non-stick pan or a well seasoned cast iron pan over medium high heat. Do not add butter or oil.
  11. Lift the chicken pieces fron the marinade and place them in the pan skin side up.... obviously with the drumsticks this could be a little confusing.
  12. Fry the chicken for 3 minutes per side. It may appear that the chicken is burning, but this is simply the marinade becoming super-caramelized.
  13. After both sides have had 3 minutes, turn the chicken pieces back to their first side and pour in the marinade.
  14. Turn the heat down to medium and allow the chicken to simmer for 15 minutes.
  15. At the 15 minute mark, turn the pieces over and continue simmering the chicken for a further 5 minutes.
  16. Make sure to shake the pan back and forward every minute to ensure that the chicken is well coated with the sticky sauce.
  17. Remove the chicken from the pan and serve with the accompaniments of your choice. As a hint these sticky chicken marvels go incredibly well with prawn crackers.


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