When it comes to cooking, I subscribe very much to the “George’s Marvellous Medicine” school of culinary creation. I’ve got jars of spices and all sorts around the place and sometimes even I don’t know quite what’s in them. I don’t think this is a good enough reason not to use them, so I have fun mixing them to see what happens. It’s not very scientific, it rarely involves scales, and you get something slightly different (but invariably tasty) each time.
Despite eschewing traditional recipes myself, I thought it might be fun to describe what “Succeasoned Chicken” actually is. So here goes.
Succeasoned Chicken – from Success (to do well) and Seasoned (having added flavour using herbs or spices) plus Chicken (because I’m not big into red meat)
So it’s basically the result of any process of seasoning and flavouring chicken with a variety of spices, so long as you end up with a taste success at the end.
- 1 x chicken breast
- Olive Oil
- A dash of soy sauce
- Paprika (plenty)
- A jot of Ethiopian chilli (it’s hot)
- A good lot of tumeric
- A sprinkle of garlic powder
- Healthy turnings of black pepper (essential, mainly because it’s always around)
- A drizzle of lemon juice
- Fajita powder (left over from some random dinner kit or other)
- Half a small teaspoon of nutmeg
- A nudge of Marjoram (what are you supposed to do with that stuff)
- Mixed herbs
- Unidentified brown spice that smells pretty good
- Interesting spice and herb mix bought in Istanbul
- Barbeque smoke flavouring (when did I buy that?)
- Cut the chicken into small enough pieces that you can get a good flavour surface area:chicken ratio
- Put a dash of oil into a bowl
- Add whatever spice you can lay your hands on. Try and get an interesting mix, but keep just just one or two really odd things if you’re just starting out
- Add the chicken to the bowl with the seasoning
- Mix it around until it’s all covered nicely
- Leave to sit, if you want, or just cook it straight away if you’re hungry
- Grill the chicken
- Serve with some nice veggies
- Taste it. If it’s good, you’ve succeeded and indeed Succeasoned. If not, try again another day.