Gav Martell: He’s in the Kitchen


Sweet 'n Fresh Chicken Recipe

Your kids won't believe how delicious mom or dad can cook!

Since midway through this summer our family has been all about using real foods in our recipes and avoiding a lot of the additives and preservatives in packaged foods. It's also cut out a lot of the excess sodium and sugar (read: corn syrup) in our diets. While we would have once used sauce from a jar, this chicken recipe is fully flavoured from ingredients that are fresh and delicious. It got adapted from using white sugar to a bit of maple syrup but otherwise it's still true to form. A delicious dish filled with natural flavours and real ingredients that my kids absolutely went crazy for. Serve over white rice or roasted potatoes and watch them gobble it up!

Sweet 'n Fresh Chicken Recipe
Serves 4
1 bunch green onion, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 white onion, small dice
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup cilantro, leaves picked
salt, to taste


 For the marinade: Place all ingredients in food processor and puree. Transfer half of marinade to a resealable bag, add the chicken and marinate overnight. Store the other half of the marinade in the fridge.

 In a wok heat maple syrup and vegetable oil over medium to high heat. As soon as syrup begins bubbling add chicken and allow chicken to brown on all sides (approximately 5 minutes per side).

 Add onions, tomato and Worcestershire sauce, stir. Add stock and bring to a boil.

 Add reserved marinade and reduce to medium heat. Cook for 40 minutes, season with salt to taste and remove from heat.

 Garnish with cilantro before serving.