My Mom didn’t make baked chicken (gà nướng) often, but when she did, boy, was it good! Her favorite cut of chicken was always the wing, and I can’t argue with that! The smallest cut soaks up the most flavor…I guess that’s why I have a weakness for wings (and anything tasty really – pig).
So why the heck did I go with quarter legs? Well, they were on sale for only $0.89 cents a pound, and wings were $2.49! The power of cheap compels me! The power of cheap compels me! Thighs are my second favorite cut anyway, so I knew I couldn’t really go wrong (even though wings would’ve been better)!
For the best flavor, you’ll want to marinate the chicken overnight, but if you’re crunched for time like I was, marinate it at least an hour prior to baking, and you should be fine. It’ll get more flavorful as it sits.
1) Wash the chicken, and pat it dry with a paper towel. Remove excess fat, and cut a few slits on each piece, so it can soak up the marinade. I had the butcher separate the legs and thighs for me.
2) Place the chicken in a baking dish. Lightly sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt (about a teaspoon) and cracked pepper. Rub it in with one hand. Keep the other hand free to touch/add other ingredients.
3) Drizzle soy sauce onto both sides of the chicken, and rub that in as well.
3) Add the garlic, onions, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Mix it all up, and be sure to get the marinade into the slits. Push the onions & garlic into it. Cover with foil, and place it in the fridge for at least an hour. Again, overnight is best.
5) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes covered. After that, remove the foil, and turn up the temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for another 15 minutes uncovered.
6) Finally, turn the oven up to a high broil, and place it under the broiler until the skin gets brown and crispy. This should only take about 5 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the oven, and top it with toasted sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy with white rice and greens. Drizzle that delicious sauce over your rice, and be sure to scoop up plenty of those onions bits.
I love you, Mommy!