Sunday, December 8, 2013

Main Dish - Baked Tamarind Chicken

Christmas is just round the corner, you feel it in the air.
We've been waiting a year. And it's finally here.
Today I'm sharing with you something tropical and exotic to wow your lover, hubby or MIL for this coming Christmas dinner.

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Yours truly busy cooking in the kitchen......cook an hour early, in case MIL decide to drop by early for spot check.

Main Dish of the day Baked Tamarind Chicken in banana leaf.

Baked Tamarind Chicken in banana leaf

Ingredients
4 pieces chicken thighs
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tsp five spice powder
2 tsp chili flakes
1/4 bowl tamarind puree
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 stalks lemon grass
3 cloves garlic
1 thumb size ginger
4 kaffir lime leaves
Banana leaves

Brown sugar, chilli flakes, five spice powder, tamarind puree.

Tamarind or tamar-i-hind the 'date of India'as the Arabs described it, is one of the most widespread trees of the Indian subcontinent. It may have originated in Africa, but it's history in South Asia is ancient and it is widespread in the region.

Method to prepare the tamarind chicken.
1/  Cut the yellow part on the lemon grass into small pieces.
2/  Peel the garlic and ginger skin, then chop into small pieces.


3/ Combine the lemon grass, garlic, ginger with 2 tbsp of water and blend into a smooth paste.

4/  Mix together the tamarind puree, brown sugar, chilli flakes, five spice powder, salt, pepper with the lemon grass paste except the banana leave. Cut the kaffir lime leaves into small pieces and add into the tamarind paste.


5/ Wash the chicken and pat dry. Cut 2 slits on the chicken thighs. Marinate the chicken with tamarind paste, cover with cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 4 hours.


6/  Wrap the chicken thighs with banana leaf. Use banana leaf for baking this tamarind chicken enhance a unique smoky aroma flavor.

Come on, babe!

7/  Baked at 200 deg for 40 mins. Remove the banana leaf and use the grill mode to grill the chicken until slightly charred.
8/ Serve the tangy tamarind chicken with rice.


9/  Garnished with  slice tomato, mint leaves and lime.

The aromatic fragrant scent from the lemon grass and kaffir leaves is oooooohhhh...so good!

Soft and tender tamarind chicken. If you can't get banana leaf, use aluminum foil to cover the chicken during baking to retain the moisture.

When you take the first bite of this scrumptious chicken, the flavor hits you with a zing and you'll be singing I'm in heaven.
Heaven, heaven..... I'm in heaven with you. The only one for me...........

I'm submitting this posting for the Christmas Menu Recipe Challenge organized by Very Good Recipe
under Christmas Entree category

Continue to part 2 - Grilled coconut shrimp
MIL on the way........
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102 comments:

  1. Hi Amelia dearest,
    Wow, wow, wow.... you always amazed me with your awesome and exciting dishes. I have always wanted to try coconut jelly but don't really know the exact recipe. So now I can copy cat this coconut jelly from you. Would love to try baked tamarind chicken with banana leaf too. The meat is so juicy and tempting. Slurrpppppp....
    Bake coconut shrimp is a must try recipe too and to go with sweet sour pineapple sauce, oh gosh.... this is so special and sedaplicious!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing, dear. Take care,

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    1. Hi my dear Ivy, thank you. That's so sweet of you, I really appreciate it very much. Glad that you enjoyed all the 3 recipes, anyway it's a great pairing. So cook this menu for your family this coming Christmas?
      The coconut jelly is very easy to make and it's really delicious. Try with banana and coconut meat, it's out of the world weird combination but it's delicious.
      The grilled coconut shrimp with pineapple dipping sauce is a must try. I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a lovely day, regards.

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  2. Wow, Amelia! What an impressive and delicious menu! If I come for your dinner, I will sapu my plate clean. I am very tempted by the Tamarind Chicken. I would love to try it and it would be interesting to use banana leaves to bake the chicken. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. Hi Phong Hong, thank you. That's very nice of you. If got chance I sure love to invite over to my place for dinner, will cook up a storm for you... don't worry help yourself to sapu the plate clean.
      Yes, bake the chicken in banana leaf really enhance the flavor. I love the smoky aromatic burnt scent.

      Have a great day ahead,regards.

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  3. Your tamarind chicken looks finger licking good, and so do those prawns!

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    1. Hi Mich, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Both the recipes is a winner.

      Have a wonderful day ahead,regards.

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  4. Hi Amelia, I haven't been over here for a while.. These dishes sound amazing.

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    1. Hi Marlys, thank you. It's good to see you again, thanks for dropping by. Hope to have the chance to join your Foodie Friends Friday again.

      Be seeing you, have a lovely day. Regards.

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  5. Amelia , what a delicious meal you have there ! The tamarind chicken looks so flavorful , wish I can just grab it straight from the screen :D The pineapple sauce sounds really good , a great dip for those tasty prawns .

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    1. Hi Anne, thank you. That's so sweet of you, I appreciate it very much. The tamarind chicken taste really good, the taste is sweet, sour and a little bit of spicy. The burnt scent from grilling it till slightly charred is aromatic too. The prawns with pineapple sauce is our of the world delicious.

      Have a nice day ahead,regards.

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  6. i really admire ur humour sense.... can never stop laughing at ur posts... the chicken and the jelly have taken my heart away... would love to try both once i get the chance... :)

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    1. Hi Rafeeda, thank you for your lovely compliments. I'd fun with my posting, glad to know that you enjoyed them. Yes, the chicken and jelly is very delightful, I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  7. Pretty Amelia wow!wow! and wow wow again. Uncle tengok the menu Aunty lalu pun tak nampak. First time tengok hot pants nice legs tak heran I just keep looking at the menu with resepi asyik kata kat Aunty try all this menu, Amelia sharing . Thank you again WOW kalau lah my DIL camni my property semua wasiat kat DIL. The tamarind chicken,, jelly, my feberet. God Bless and Happy Christmas from Uncle AL and Aunty Ena . By the way excellent presentation as usual well done.

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    1. Hi Uncle AL, thank you for your sweet compliments. I appreciate it very much, your words always give me more encouragement and motivation to improve better. Glad to know that you enjoyed my recipes.

      Too bad, I born too early takde chance jadi your DIL. hahaha.... Anyway thank you for being so supportive to my blog. Always good to see you drop by. I'm sure if Aunty Ena try out the recipes, she can cook better than me.

      God bless and have a great week ahead.

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  8. Hello Amelia..
    wah..nampak sedap la ayam tu...nanti bila mood i sudah datang mungkin boleh cuba :)
    hahahaha

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    1. Hi Harnida, thank your for your kind words and compliments. Happy cooking.

      Have a nice day, regards.

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  9. What a beautiful spread...the Chicken looks yumm and flavourful & the jelly is lovely..enjoyed ur post as well

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    1. Hi Gloria, thank you. That's very nice of you, glad that you enjoyed my posting. I appreciate it very much.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  10. Hi Amelia,
    I looovee all the food here and topping it to perfection is the dessert, the coconut jelly with coconut meat and the peeled bananas complete it.. Wowee.. with food like this, of course lover or hubby and MIL will not go anywhere to look for food...
    Love the gif animation too haha.. so cute..
    Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Hi Angie, thank you for your kind words and sweet compliments. Yes, the dessert is to die for kind, very refreshing and can see shooting stars. LOL You should give it a try, I'm sure you and your other half will love it.

      Glad to know that you love the animation. Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  11. So many great recipes! Love the chicken and shrimp in particular. I love tamarind - such an interesting flavor. I'll bet that chicken is wonderful. Love the pictures, as always. Really fun post - thanks.

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    1. Hi John, thank you for your kind words and sweet compliments. Yes, tamarind is a wonderful ingredient, this chicken dish taste wonderful and very appetizing. It's great to know that you enjoyed my postings.

      Have a wonderful day ahead,regards.

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  12. Wah, sekali shared so many recipes here. I'm after the chicken & prawns coz I'm also cooking chicken & prawns for the coming x'mas. The chicken looks very tender in the picture.

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    1. Hi Jessie, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Glad to share with you and all my friends here. I'm sure you will love this chicken dish and the prawn too.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  13. Enjoyed reading through and gosh!!! so much of effort putting this complete post. I love anything Asian and I think you are aware of it too. Keeping all those recipes aside and when needed, shall try and enjoy the wonderful Asian flavors.

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    1. Hi Nava, thank you. That's so sweet of you, I appreciate it very much. I know you love Asian food, I'm sure you will love these 3 recipes. Glad to know that you enjoyed my postings.

      Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  14. Good morning,
    Interesting and funny.... love about dressing up the chicken salad...hahaha
    Thanks for sharing
    Have a great week too.

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    1. Hi Elaine, thank you. That's very sweet of you. I'd fun with my postings, it's great to know that you enjoyed them.

      Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  15. If I ate all the desserts you post here Amelia, there would be 3 of me !!

    Interesting, colourful, and humorous post - I think I'm already seeing half-moons and stars.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Hi Rick, thank you. That's very nice of you. I sure love your great sense of humour. :))
      Glad to know that you enjoyed my posting.
      You continue to enjoy the half moon or full moon and stars.... :))

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  16. You've taken me for a full course tour! Love it, Amelia! You should blog more often......

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    1. Hi Shirley, thank you. That's so sweet of you. I 'd fun with my posting, glad to know that you enjoyed them. I try to blog as often as I can but for the time being I can only post 2 to 3 times a month, let see after CNY....

      Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  17. Amelia, you've made me so hungry today...forget about MIL, I think I could wolfed it all down without difficulty before she arrives;) Enjoyed your blog post as always:)

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    1. Hi Annie, thank you. That's so sweet of you. You sure got great sense of humour, you not keeping some food for MIL?? Glad to know that you enjoyed my postings. I appreciate it very much.

      Have a fabulous week ahead,regards.

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    1. Hi Ric, thank you for your kind words and compliments.

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  19. Hi Amelia! Had to drop by for 'wow'ing tips :)) A very impressive tropical christmas spread, love them all!

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    1. Hi Lite home bake, thank you. That's very nice of you. Enjoyed 'wow-ing the Christmas spread and tips. :)))

      Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  20. Hi Amelia, you certainly know how to cook up a storm and impress your loved ones:) Every dish is perfectly done, delicious!

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    1. Hi Jeannie, thank you for your kind words and lovely compliments. I enjoy playing in the kitchen whenever I have the time. :)

      Have a nice week ahead, regards.

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  21. wow looks delicious Amelia - I love the first GIF ;) Have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Janine, thank you. That's very nice of you, so good to see you again. Glad you like the first GIF, look cute right? :))

      Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  22. Hi Amelia,

    Gosh....Love the way you share your interest... FUN & SEXY .... thanks for sharing... Cheryl

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you. That's very sweet of you, I appreciate it very much.
      I'd fun with my posting, it's great to know that you enjoyed them

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  23. Hi dear Amelia,
    Wow! So many goodies in one go!!
    I love this tamarind chicken too. The meat looks so juicy and appetizing!
    Love it!
    mui

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    1. Hi Mui Mui, thank you. That's so sweet of you, I appreciate it very much. This tamarind chicken is very appetizing, I'm sure you will love this aromatic chicken dish.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  24. Sourness is something I can't give up and that pretty much says why I loving this chicken dish.

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    1. Hi Nava, good to see you drop by again. If your love sour taste then this chicken dish is very suitable for you, I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a great week ahead, regards.

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  25. HI Amelia,
    I've just found you through Daniela@TheAmbassador'sTable.
    I'm so happy I did because tamarind chicken is one of me fave dish ever and I've been looking for a solid recipe for quite some time.
    I just have to buy me some banana leaves, tamarind puree and five spice powder and I'm good to go. Yay!

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    1. Hi Mike, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Glad to see you drop by, will visit your blog soon.
      Yes, this tamarind chicken is very flavorful and the burnt scent from the banana leaves really enhanced the aromatic flavor. I'm sure you will love this recipe. Happy cooking!

      Have a great weekend, regards.

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  26. Hi Amelia,
    these tropical Christmas goodies look so irresistible- you certainly know how to spoil your loved ones.
    Tamarindo- as we call it in Spanish- is one of my fav ingredients, gives just the perfect twist to a chicken or seafood dish.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Hi Daniela, thank you for your sweet compliments. Yes, no matter how busy I still enjoy cooking and baking for my family. I love to try out all type of cuisine.

      Thanks for sharing your info, it's great to learn more and exchange food recipe and cultures from other countries.

      Have a lovely weekend, regards.

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  27. If I were eating this amazing chicken dish right now Amelia, my food would be spraying all over the place because I am laughing so hard!!! What a delicious and humorous post. What's especially great is it makes me feel all warm and with this cold, I need the tropic feel:) Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. Hi Louise, thank you for your sweet compliments. Always glad to see you drop by with your lively compliments. If I invite you over for dinner, we talk and jokes while munching our food.... I'm sure the food will be spraying all over the place. LOL

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  28. wow!! i definitely neeed to try this out...right noww !! jsut need to get hold of some fresh banana leaves..that s the problem. anyways...loved the post...and i am not soo sure..u are the most beloved DIL to your MIL. You know the game, is it not ??? :P :P

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    1. Hi Sona, thank you. That's so sweet of you. I appreciate it very much. Yes, if you can get banana leaves in middle East than you try out this awesome chicken dish, if you can't get use aluminum foil as replacement.

      Nah.... my MIL & me cannot get along. She is a typical kind of MIL. The above MIL & DIL series is just a jokes to make my posting lively. :))

      Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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    2. haa haaa haaa haaa !!! jst give these a try..and sure, she will fall for you !!!

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    3. Hi Sona, thank for dropping by again. LOL...LOL the above will not work on my typical MIL.

      Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  29. Damn, i just drolling magining the tangi and kickin spice within your tamarind chicken.....
    fnger licking good!

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    1. Hi Dentist, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Yes, this chicken dish is finger licking good, the tamarind flavor is really awesome.

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  30. Hi Mel...ini macam punya masak, not only MIL, ni mak tiri pun terus jadi baik and WOW WOWWOWWWW....I sure love this chicken wrapping in bananan leave...this I can tell you a recipe that die die must try...just dont make mistake to wrap the chicken in sarong wuahahaa lariiiii............................

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    1. Hi Queenie, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Yes, this recipe is a winner, it sure can wow the mak tiri and get all her to put my name in her will with extra 30% LOL

      Have a nice day ahead,regards.

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  31. Your plating looks amazing! I can imagine the chicken tasting sooo good.

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    1. Hi The Sudden Cook, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Yes, this chicken dish is a winner, I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a wonderful day ahead,regards.

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  32. For sure! This looks amazing, Amelia! I don't know how you do it =)

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    1. Hi Angela, thank you. That's so sweet of you. It's a actually a very simple recipe.... I use my magic hands. LOL

      Have a fabulous week ahead,regards.

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  33. Amelia: you got me WOWING! :P

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    1. Hi Alex, thank you for your compliments. Glad too see you again.

      Have a nice weekend, regards.

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  34. The chicken looks so juicy and tender, Amelia. You are so talented in cooking.

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    1. Hi Angie, thank you. That's so sweet of you, I appreciate it very much. You're also an excellent chef. Always enjoyed your postings too.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  35. This recipe could make me forget about the traditional turkey for Christmas.

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    1. Hi George, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Yes, this chicken dish is a winner, maybe you should ask Betsy to give it a try. I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  36. YUM----that recipe sounds wonderful… I must hurry and check out your next part…. Wish I lived closer to you so that I could enjoy some of your amazing meals!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Hi Betsy, thank you. That's so nice of you, I appreciate it very much. Wish we are nearer and I sure love to share my cooking/baking with you and George.

      Have a lovely week ahead, regards. Hugs to you.

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  37. A tasty chicken dish! I love to cook with tamarind.

    Happy Holidays!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa, thank you. That's so sweet of you. Yes, tamarind is a wonderful ingredient.

      Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  38. This chicken is mouth watering, you have one lucky mother in law! Nice to find your blog via Balvinders blog :-)

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    1. Hi Chai a cup of life, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Glad to see you drop by.

      Be seeing you, have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  39. Hi Amelia!! This recipe looks amazing, we love it...
    Have a nice day..

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    1. Hi Laurel y Menta, thank you for your sweet compliments. I'm you both of you will love this wonderful recipe.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  40. Oh Amelia! The spice mix looks really really good! I'm drooling just looking at it! And the juicy chicken is making my stomach growl! Love it!!

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    1. Hi Shar, thank you. That's so sweet of you. Yes, this chicken dis his a winner, I'm sure you love it.

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  41. Your blog never fails to make me laugh. LOL AT THAT CHICKEN!!! Dish sounds yummy too! Love the flavour of tamarind, so great to add oomph to meat dishes!

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    1. Hi Shu Han, thank your for your sweet compliments. I'd fun with my posting, I'm glad to know that you enjoyed them. Yes, this chicken dish is really awesome, I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a fabulous week ahead,regards.

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  42. I can almost tastes this chicken I like adding tamarind to chicken :) Have a wonderful weekend Happy Holidays and Happy New year Amelia to you and family

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    1. Hi Akheela, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Yes, tamarind is a wonderful ingredient, it taste awesome in chicken dishes.

      Have a nice holiday and a wonderful New Year. Regards.

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  43. Your chicken sounds and looks yummy. I always love your sense of humor!!

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    1. Hi Dawn, thank you. That's so nice of you. Glad to know that you enjoyed my postings.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  44. What a wonderful meal! If I could grab that chicken leg piece.

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    1. Hi Balvinder, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Yes, this chicken thigh is awesome, I'm sure you will love it.

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  45. Hi Amelia, this is one chicken dish will roll the eyes with one bite! And I have been fortunate to have eaten it few times all the years, but cooked by different nationalities, with different recipes, but similar, the tamarind being the main kicker.
    And you have done this to perfection from what I see in your well taken pics.
    Can see you did it with patience and TLC.

    And that prawn dessert....I guess it would be hard to leave the table once start eating a piece dipping in the exotic sauce. I love this!
    Amelia, you are good! Happy cooking...
    Best regards.
    Lee.

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    1. Hi Shane, thank you. That's so kind of you for being so supportive and always think so highly of me. You'd been very helpful and gave me lots of inspiration and motivation. I appreciate it very much.

      It's great to know that you enjoyed this tamarind chicken, yes it taste really appetizing and finger licking good. The prawn appetizer is very delightful and hard to stop eating especially serve it when it's hot from oven. The sauce can make you forget your mother's name. LOL

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  46. Dear Amelia, It is so good to visit with you. You are happy and always delightful.
    I love this spice mixture for the chicken and all that goes with it.
    Thank you for the Frank Sinatra song. I adore him.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Hi Dear Catherine, thank you for your kind words and sweet compliments. Thank you for being so supportive to my blog, I appreciate it very much.

      This tamarind chicken taste awesome, I'm sure you 'll love it. Frank Sinatra is one my my favourite singer, I never get tired of his songs. :))

      Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  47. Hi Amelia,
    Merry Christmas, of you're celebrating.oh the chicken its finger and plate licking good.hope you win some thing.
    Cheers fr Jacko.

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    1. Hi Jacko, thank you. That's very kind of you. I appreciate it very much. Yes, this chicken dish is very delightful.

      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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  48. We'll be having the traditional ham for Christmas, but your food looks amazing, as always.

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    1. Hi Mila, thank you for your kind words and compliments. Enjoyed your Christmas and holiday.

      Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  49. Hi Amelia, thanks for your wishes at my blog. May I wish youbthe same, a blessed Christmas and may peace and love prevail.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. Love that papaya thingy. And oh, i love that header pic, made me chuckle, great job that.
    Hugs. Angie

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    1. Hi Angie, thank you for your kind wishes and lovely compliments. I'd fun with my posting, glad to know that you enjoyed them. The header picture is for fun only. :))

      Likewise, I wish you the same too. Merry Christmas and happy holiday. Hugs to you.

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    1. Hi Rajiv, Happy New Year to you.
      Have a great week ahead,regards.

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