I'm sure that everyone has that one celebrity that they'd love to meet. I know, for example, that if given the opportunity, Matt Damon would in fact be one of my closest friends, if not my husband and father of my children. If I just had a chance to meet him I know that I could win him over and he'd be mine. We are destined to be together; he just has no clue about it yet.
Among females, Oprah Winfrey and I would be great friends; she only needs to meet me. I'm positive she'd love my cooking and we would be very close. (Sorry Gayle.) She would call me "JoJo" and I'd call her "O-O" and we'd be together like peas and carrots.
But I have to MEET her first. In light of the fact that I've never even been in her studio audience, the chances of being in the same space as she are not very likely. But I let that not deter me. In some time and space, I am confident I will have the opportunity to meet her and feed her some food.
I'm darn sure she would love this chicken. I'm pretty sure it's different from most of the things she's tasted, and it's something easy enough that even she, in her multi-million dollar apartment might want to whip up for some friends and Stedman. The glaze like the one used on the drumsticks, slightly sweet but super flavorful, only these thighs are cooked in the oven and glazed off that way. I know that my own children, did their crazy "MORE CHICKEN" chant and finished off six thighs among the three of them. Oprah - don't you want to say "MORE CHICKEN?"
Baked Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken
16-20 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of sake
1/4 cup of sesame oil
3 tablespoons of ginger, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of garlic, finely chopped
pepper to taste
In a heavy saucepan, add all ingredients for glaze together and cook until simmering, reduce heat, and maintain low simmer for 15 minutes. Once it has simmered for 15 minutes, set aside. The mixture will not be super thick, but it will be somewhat reduced and the flavors concentrated. This can be done ahead of time and allowed to cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 400. Heavily line a roasting pan with several layers of tin foil. (you will thank me for this step, because due to the nature of the glaze it will get burnt and stick forever without this precaution.) Lay the chicken thighs on the pan in a single layer. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes, until cooked through.
Carefully brush glaze over the cooked chicken. Be generous with the glaze allowing it to fully cover the chicken. Return chicken to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes. Take chicken out, flip it over and add more glaze and cook it again for another 10 minutes. Again, take it out, use whatever leftover glaze you have plus pan juices and coat the chicken well and cook for another 10 minutes.
The chicken will be well coated and glossy from the glaze. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
I'm pretty sure Oprah will love this!