chicken rumaki

Chicken Rumaki

These Chicken Rumaki bites may be small in size but they don't lack anything in flavor. The ginger-marinated chicken breast is a nice switch from the traditional Japanese rumaki which uses chicken livers.

If you're looking for a recipe for chicken to use as an appetizer, Chicken Rumaki is an excellent choice. This is an easy chicken recipe that you will want to keep handy to serve at parties or just to try something different at meal time.

A little more chicken trivia:

The closet living relative of the t-rex is the chicken which makes the phobia "Alektorophobia" (fear of chickens) slightly more plausible.

This chicken recipe yields 24 pieces:

  • 1/4 c. reduce-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. grated gingerroot
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp. each ground coriander and
    curry powder
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 12 whole water chestnuts (canned)
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 24 round wooden toothpicks

To make marinade:

Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, gingerroot, orange zest, coriander, curry and garlic in a small bowl. Whisk together then set aside.

To prepare chicken:

Cut chicken into 24 pieces. Cut water chestnuts in half. Combine chicken and water chestnuts in marinade in a shallow glass baking dish. Mix well to coat chicken and water chestnuts with marinade. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (You can marinate overnight for even better flavor and to prepare ahead).

To make rumaki:

Lay one half piece of bacon on work surface. Place chicken piece in center of bacon strip and top with water chestnut. Fold over ends of bacon to cover chicken and water chestnut. Secure with toothpick. Make sure the toothpick goes through the water chestnut or it will fall out. And you don't want a water chestnuts ending up in your lap instead of your mouth.

Place rumaki on a baking stone and bake at 400° F. for 20 - 25 minutes or until chicken and bacon are cooked through. Serve warm.

To make a more traditional Japanese rumaki use
chicken livers in place of the chicken breast. These are extremely
delicious served right out of the oven.

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