What was I thinking? Why do I always get myself in such situations thinking I’ll have my cake and eat it? I’m talking about trying to incorporate a flawless “Stop motion type of food videos” to keep you guys entertained while at it. I mean, this method of shooting such food videos is so entertaining to watch, but behind the scenes is a whole different story. There are a few things you need to consider before going down this path. There is a lot of work involved. If you ain’t a patient type of person, this is not for you. Imagine taking hundreds of different shots in terms of speed between 5 to 20 frames per second. Not forgetting to lock down the light exposure and getting the right frame with the help of a stable durable tripod. Having the right camera, lighting tools, your sanity is just part of what you need for this. Let’s not forget the preparation of every ingredient should be pre-measured, sliced or chopped, so it’s just a matter of grabbing it, placing it in the right frame shot and taking a lot pictures.
Stop motion videos consist of lots of different pictures captured in a small time frame without your hands in the shot, at the same time telling a story. If you’ve ever come a cross a video of items which just seem to move around by themselves without any hand motion at sight, well that is what’s called a “stop motion video”. Such videos are mostly used by “gamers” and animators. (It’s a look and a Vibe) and when you get to know how to do it right, its’ a movement and so satisfying.
This is now my second attempt in these types of videos, definitely there is a lot that I need to work on, but am glad I’ve already started on this journey. We all have to start from somewhere, right? As much as I may seem to like perfecting my work, this is something that still drives me crazy while its’ taken me so long to grasp the concept.
Now back to today’s recipe its all about garlic flavored baked barbecue sticky chicken strips with a little twist. Stay tuned.
Prep time: 15 mins Bake time: 25 mins Total time: 40 mins
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 boneless – skinless chicken breast
- 4 pieces of Weetabix
- 1 cup of desiccated shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of peptang’s garlic flavored tomato sauce
- 1 cup of American BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon of paprika by Tropical heat
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder by Tropical heat
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne chili by Tropical heat
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper by Tropical heat
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin by Tropical heat
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger by Tropical heat
- 2 Tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil
Important tools used:
- Different bowls or deep plates
- an oven
- baking tray
- pastry brush
- chopping board
- sharp knife
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200 C for 15 mins first.
Step 2: Prep the chicken: – By slicing them in long strips and setting them aside
Step 3: Prep the coating condiments: – In one plate, add in both peptang’s garlic flavored tomato sauce + American’s BBQ choma sauce. Mix them together and set aside. In a different place, crush down 4 pieces of weetabix with your palm to the finest pieces possible, to that add in the desiccated coconut + all the different spices mentioned. Mix everything until well combined.
Step 4: Coat the chicken strips:– Starting with each chicken strip well dipped into the BBQ mix, then to the weetabix -coconut spiced mixture then right to a generously greased baking tray.
Step 5: Bake in the oven for 20 mins in a preheated oven at 200 C.
Step 6: Glaze coating + 2nd Baking : – Brush more of the BBQ tomato mix on both sides of the baked chicken then flip the baked strips the other sides and brush more glaze. Bake in the oven for another 10 mins.
Step 7: Let them cool for 10 mins, then remove them off the baking tray and serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.
NB: One thing’s for sure, this is one of my elder sister’s favorite finger foods. We indulged this dish as part of our snack when we went for a bike hike at Karura forest yesterday. Just so you know, Karura forest’s bike ride hike ain’t for the unfit people like myself. 5 mins into the cycle climb hike I was on the verge of returning the bike and asking for my change. I think am done exercising for the next quarter of the year.