Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ethan & Owen - Chicken Cacciatore & Green Tea Cupcakes Day

I got invited for a meal by my nephew, Ethan who was gonna cook Chicken Cacciatore (with additional spaghetti on the side) and was delightfully suprised to find out that my other nephew, Owen was gonna make cupcakes too. Cook & Bake Day!

Here's the Chicken Cacciatore Recipe from Food Network


Bell Peppers

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves


Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly.
In a large heavy saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side. If all the chicken does not fit in the pan, saute it in 2 batches. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Saute the chicken

Juicing the Chicken Cacciatore

Not in the recipe! Hahaha
Not in the recipe...instead of wine, we threw in vodka! (It tastes better with wine though)

Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes for the breast pieces, and 20 minutes for the thighs.


Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter. If necessary, boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat from atop the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the basil and serve.

Match Green Tea Cupcakes recipe from Matchasource

  • 24 cupcake papers or 1/2 sheet pan / 350 degree oven
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons matcha tea

For Cupcakes


  • Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs/egg yolks one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to batter and mix to combine.
  • Mix matcha in with the milk. Add to the batter and mix until combine.
  • Scoop batter into prepared into cupcake papers.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

For Sheetcake (cut into rounds and assembled - see below)
  • Prepare sheet pan by rubbing with butter, covering with parchment, rubbing with more butter, and dusting with flour.
  • Continue with cupcake recipe.
  • Pour into prepared 1/2 sheet pan and smooth flat.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

Matcha Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons half and half or light cream
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1. Mix matcha in with the light cream to make a paste.
2. Beat butter briefly, scrape bowl.
3. Add the sifted powdered sugar and matcha paste. Beat until smooth.

Green Tea Butter Cream

Green Tea Butter Cream

Green Tea Cupcakes

While not following the actual recipes to the T (especially cutting down on the sugar for the cupcakes) - both Ethan and Owen made a commendable effort and whipped up pretty good stuff while both admitted there are still improvements to be made. However, like I always said - I ain't complaining when I get to eat what my nephews cook and bake. I am blessed :o). Ethan and Owen, keep on cooking ... and baking. Thanks guys!


Anonymous said...

Wah! I see the pictures of the process being taken. So you watch them cook ah?

J said...

Awwwww... How sweet of them! :)

babe_kl said...

This is very commendable! Boys who can cook these days are asset! Well done to their mother who taught them well hehehe

Anonymous said...

Going to try the recipe of the chicken tomorrow. Tks. No need to think of what to cook when it's so, so humid and a torture to slave away in the kitchen here.

Big Boys Oven said...

this is awesome love it, boys can cook and bake!

ai wei said...

vodka with the chicken? good one. and cupcakes too!!!

they are really sweet~

CUMI & CIKI said...

oh that's so cool:) when u inviting us over then.. :P

jason said...

So lucky lor!

wmw said...

Alice : Yah, watched them cook! How did the chic recipe go?

J : Yeah, such a blessing!

Babe_KL : Great to be their aunt :o)

BBO : Yup, awesome indeed.

ai wei : The cupcakes sweet or the boys?

C&C : Aiyoh...won't be in a long while, hahaha...too much pressure!

Jason : Yah...that and living next to you and you cooking for me once in a while too!