Teriyaki Chicken Legs with Lotus Root

P2048581It’s been a year since we made these Superbowl scrumptious Quinoa Patties rooting for the New England Patriots, but this year we were cheering for Beyoncé — she redeemed herself from the lip-synched inauguration and made all the women (and men) in this nation fall in love with her again.  The power outage was the second most exciting moment.

Believe it or not the Superbowl serves traditional foods such as nachos, wings, pizza, and as a fun fact, Americans double their average daily consumption of snacks consuming more than 33 million pounds of goodies on this particular Sunday. Yeah, it’s a fatty day.  I made this easy chicken recipe a while back when I was living in Japan on farmland.  Lotus root are usually harvested in the fall but if you live in the Boston area you can head to Russo’s to find them year-round.  I LOVE this veggie and it’s always fun cooking with a new and unusual ingredient.  This dish is juicy, crunchy, and extremely flavorful with some asian flare.  Have a good Monday!
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Vegetable Oil 1 Tbs
Chicken Legs 5 pieces
Salt and Pepper

Lotus root 1
Cooking sake 2Tbs
Soy Sauce 2 Tbs
Honey 1.5 Tbs
Orange 1/2
Butter 1/2 tbs

1.  Wash the legs and marinate with salt and pepper.  Let them sit for about 10 minutes.
2.  Peel the lotus root and cut them into even thin slices.
3.  On medium heat pour vegetable oil in pan.  Place chicken legs for about 4-5 minutes or until the skin on both sides are lightly brown.
4.  Make room on the pan and add another 1/2 TBS of vegetable oil.  Place lotus root and sauté them until brown on both sides.  Once done, take the lotus root out and set aside.
5.  Add 1 cup of water and simmer on low-medium heat for about 1 minute.
6.  Add sake, soy sauce, honey, and fresh orange juice and simmer for 10 minutes with cover.  Make sure to flip sides.
7.  When the liquid seems to have evaporated to 1/3, take the lid off and add the lotus root.  Simmer for another 10 minutes with the lid off.  Add butter and let it simmer for another 1 minute.

Optional:  You can sprinkle orange zest and parsley for garnish.

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