Sometimes I feel a little nostalgic about my mom’s home cooking. I truly miss a lot of the meals she would prepare when I used to live at home – comforting Vietnamese food, or unique dishes she would create from various inspirations. This particular chicken recipe was something I grew up eating, and I’ve always enjoyed it time and time again. It was my first time making it, based off of a quick phone conversation with my mom about what ingredients she used – and it was my job to figure out how much to measure! What’s funny is that she calls this Ga Ro Ti, which is Vietnamese for Rotisserie Chicken. But there is no roasting or baking involved! She uses her own method by braising and caramelizing the sauce to get it sticky and sweet. I took a stab at making it on my own, and thankfully, it did come out just like hers! I’m such a happy camper. Oh, and I made my own name for this recipe, ha!
This requires an overnight marination (but if you're impatient, a few hours should work). I took the skin off of 10 chicken drumsticks and marinated it with 3 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp five spice powder, and 6 chopped garlic cloves (I love garlic, so I went overboard). Cover and let this marinate.
In a skillet over medium heat, brown all sides of the chicken for a few minutes.
The key to braising the meat is with this coconut flavored soda. I don't know what it is with Vietnamese moms, but most of them use this to braise meat! Anyway, pour 1 can of Coco soda into the pan, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, continue turning the chicken every so often to let it cook evenly.
After 20 minutes, take the cover off and turn the heat to high to let the Coco soda evaporate, which will thicken the sauce into a glaze.
That's all there is to it! The meat is moist and the glaze is sweet, which is perfect over a bed of white rice and vegetables. It's not your traditional Ga Ro Ti, but it definitely works for me! Mmm... simple, sweet, and succulent!
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