Soft & Tender Chicken Garlic ( Gai Gra-Tium )
I have been living in NYC for almost a decade and I have not found any Thai restaurants that cooked Authentic Chicken Garlic like what I used to have in Thailand. Chicken Garlic is one of my fav Thai dishes and it’s depressing to learn that the big apple can’t even offer me a decent Chicken Garlic, lol.
Well, google is an awesome search engine and I found so many recipes and felt overwhelmed by just looking at the lists of the recipes I found. So, I just had a glimpse at the first one that popped and thought it shouldn’t be too hard because you only need a few things for this.
• 1 pack of chicken breast
• 5 cloves of garlic ( more if you want it to taste super garlicky! You may need a lot of mints later 😉 )
• 4-5 carrots
• 1 onion
• 1/3 bunch of cilantro
• oyster sauce
• soy sauce
• brown sugar
• black pepper
• chicken broth (for chicken onion soup )
First of all, prep the chicken : slice chicken breast very thin then put it in a mixing bowl. Add soy sauce and oyster sauce ( not too much because you have to add more while cooking ) then sprinkle some black peppers and add some minced garlic. I love black peppers so I add a lot of it at this point. Mix all together and leave it. The more you leave it the better because it gives great taste! You can even prep it and leave it over night to reduce the cooking time.
Slice chicken breast into thin slices
Put the chicken in a mixing bowl then add soy sauce and oyster sauce
Add black pepper to the chicken and mix very well
Add chopped garlic to the chicken
prep other ingredients: cut up an onion ,eitherslice it or dice it up, your call. Same goes to carrots. Then mince up some cilantro and some garlic.
Since I cook Thai food often and I know how much timeI need for cooking, I get a little cocky and decide to make 2 dishes at once. So, I’m making chicken garlic and chicken onion soup at once.
First off, Turn on the stove and choose medium high heat. Use Medium frying pan for chicken garlic and medium pot for soup. Soup could take sometime to cook so start with that. Pour chicken broth into the potand bring to boil then add 1/2 of carrots. Keep the other half for chicken garlic. Leave the soup for now and start cooking chicken garlic by pouring some Asian Stir Fry Oil into a frying pan then add the minced garlic once the oil is quite hot, lower the heat a little while frying the garlic, try not to burn it. Add carrots in and leave it in the pan till they look soft. While waiting for the carrotsto get soft, add half of the cut opinion into the soup and wait for a couple minutes then add some marinaded chicken in. Then go back to your pan and add the rest of the onion in. ( it may sound ridiculous at how I cook these 2 meals this way, but in real life, it makes perfect sense as you want to manage your time and get 2 things done) Check the soup periodically an at this point, add some soy sauce, oyster sauce, very little of brown sugar and black pepper. Lower the heat and just cover it up. Back to the pan, the onions and carrots should look soft at this point then add the marinaded chicken in and cook it. It shouldn’t take long as they are thin slices. Add soy sauce and oyster sauce. Mix them well then sprinkle cilantro on chicken garlic do the same to the soup. That’s it! Lower the heat on the stoves. Serve them together with some cooked rice!
Fry chopped garlic until they are golden brown
Stir-fry onions and add marinated chicken to the medium saucepan
Sprinkle cilantro to the cooked chicken
Stir everything together on low heat
The reason why I chose to make chicken garlic with chicken onion soup because chicken garlic is a stir-fry dish and it’s a little oily and as my grandma liked to say to me when I was a kid was “Have your stir-fry meal with some soup because the food goes smoothly and it can prevent you from choking” I used to think what she told me was ridiculous but I choked before so I think might as well take her suggestion. 🙂
Chicken Onion Soup
Thank you so much for your interest in my cooking. I’m just a girl who is away from home and misses authentic Thai food so adapting and trying to cook the food while the exact ingredients aren’t easy to find is quite a challenge, but at the same time it can be very rewarding as well. I’m open to all suggestions so please feel free to do so! 🙂
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