Quick and Easy Soy Sauce Chicken
and Scotch™ Titanium Kitchen Scissors Giveaway!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

As a working Mum, food preparation on days when I leave work early enough to cook dinner has to be quick and simple. I'm always on the lookout for kitchen gadgets which can help me shorten the time it takes to prepare a meal, and a good pair of scissors beats trying to chop through meat and bones when I have 3 hungry tummies to fill in 30 minutes or less.

I think my kitchen scissors are the most overused item in my kitchen.

I use them for practically everything, from food preparations to opening packets, and cutting crusts off the kid's sandwiches. I have 3 different kitchen scissors which I have used far too much, and just in case you're wondering (why THREE?!) - I'm rather pedantic about using separate pairs for handling meat, vegetables, and inedibles. The husband thinks that there's nothing a good scrub with dishwashing liquid won't fix, but somehow I feel much better if my meat scissors are used simply for that purpose: handling meats.

When the kind folks at 3M contacted me to do a review of their brand new additions to the Scotch™ scissors family, I must admit the 'auntie' in me really looked forward to trying out the Titanium Kitchen Scissors and Portable Food Scissors!


Ok - let's test this out.

I like that the blades are detachable for easy cleaning, and may also be used as a knife. It's also purple with dark, matte metal blades. Classy.


Its ergonomically designed handles ensure that the grip is never compromised, and I absolutely love how it fits my hand nicely.


The Scotch™ Titanium Kitchen Scissors' blades are treated using 3M's special Titanium coating to ensure maximum durability, and give it 4x the strength of stainless steel.

Ok. Specifics aside...

Titanium? Seriously? Isn't that the material used in aero-engineering? When I asked the husband about it, he grabbed the pack off me, and looked rather skeptical. 

"Let me try."

and so, he did.


We decided to test the scissors out by attempting to cut through a medium sized chicken to get chicken parts. I usually buy ready cut parts from the supermarket for convenience, but I much prefer to buy a whole chicken so that I can control the size of each cut part, depending on the type of dish made.

If this pair of scissors really does what it claims to be able to, it would really be a very handy and helpful addition to my kitchen! Imagine the time I would save, and with no chopping required, there will also be less of a mess!



It cuts through soft bone.
Fluidly, in a single stroke. 
No more battling with joints and using cleavers, only to end up with jagged parts and unevenly shaped pieces.

From whole chicken to individual parts in less than 2 minutes, and he's never had a stint as a chicken rice seller prior to this.

Impressive.


Now you too can have this pair of amazing scissors - all by taking part in a giveaway at the end of this post. I have not one but THREE sets just for three lucky readers!

So I have these beautiful chicken parts for the purpose of testing out the scissors, and decided to do a quick and easy soy sauce chicken for dinner.

This dish is my personal favourite because not only is it tasty, I can prepare the ingredients in less than 10 minutes (5 now, with those scissors!) in the morning, put everything in the slow cooker just before I leave the house to go to work, and have dinner ready to eat when we come home in the evening! Caden loves soy sauce chicken, and that's already reason enough for me to cook this whenever he wants.



Soy Sauce Chicken

Prep time: 10 min
Slow Cooker Cooking Time: 3 - 4 hours on high, or 8 - 10 hours on low.
Regular Cooking Time: Half an hour, braised and covered in a pot.

Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into parts (or choice cuts)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, lightly bruised
  • 1 cinnamon stick (4 cm)
  • 2 star anise (or more, based on preference)
  • 1 cup light soya sauce (I used Lee Kum Kee)
  • 1/2 cup dark soya sauce (not sweet sauce!)
  • 1/4 cup of rock sugar, to taste.
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 tbs of olive oil or canola oil
  • 4 slices of ginger (optional)



Method

1. Lightly sauté cinnamon stick, garlic and star anise in a tablespoonful of oil until it is fragrant. This step is optional, but I prefer to do this so that there will not be a 'raw' aftertaste of the spices in the resulting dish. Add in the soy sauce, water, rock sugar, salt and pepper. Stir until sugar has dissolved, and adjust soy sauce measurement to taste. 

With all cooked dishes, there are no exact measurements to follow. Recipes should be used as a guideline, and flavourings added according to your own personal preference.

Many people use ginger in soy braised dishes. Caden doesn't really like it, so I choose to omit it altogether.


2. Place chicken parts in a slow cooker. I love my slow cooker, by the way - my last year's Christmas gift from my dear Domestic Goddess friend! Thanks, D!


3. Pour in the braising liquid till it covers the chicken completely.


4. Slow cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 - 10 hours on low. Alternatively, you can braise in a pot on direct heat for about half an hour. At the fifteen minute mark, make sure to turn the chicken parts so that they cook evenly.

5. Serve hot, with either rice or noodles.


It's that quick, and simple!

Talking about scissors, those of us with young kids would know how useful a good pair of scissors is for mealtimes. I've never understood why parents choose to use an extra large pair of scissors to cut their children's food into bite sized pieces - I find them not only cumbersome, but very dangerous as well as these do not usually come equipped with a safety cover. The scissors I use to cut Caden's food is equipped with a safety cover, but I've always wondered how to thoroughly clean the insides of it so as to ensure the scissors are kept sterile.

And this is really the answer to it.




Twist the scissors clockwise (while still in the cover) to open it. Where has it been for the first 4 years of motherhood? This is actually pretty nifty! It fits well in my hands too, and I didn't find myself trying to awkwardly adjust my fingers while I was cutting even the smallest bits.

I like that the scissors also comes equipped with a safety lock, which keeps it secure from little prying hands.


And of course, the husband had to try this out, too. So he gets to cut the chicken for Caden's dinner!



We both loved it.

The Scotch™ Titanium Kitchen Scissors retails at $22.90 (w/GST) and the Scotch™ Portable Food Scissors at $13.90 (w/GST). Available at these stores islandwide.

FairPrice Supermarket | FairPrice Xtra Hypermarket | FairPrice Finest Supermarket
Sheng Siong Supermarket | Home-Fix DIY Stores | Cold Storage | Giant | Popular |
Selffix DIY | OG Albert Court | OG Orchard | OG People’s Park | Isetan | Meidi-Ya


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The very nice people from Scotch want YOU to experience these for yourself, so here's a chance for 3 readers to win a set of Titanium AND Portable scissors*!

To take part, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is only open to those residing in Singapore.

*Terms and conditions apply.




*Contest ends on Thursday, 19 February 2014, at 2359hrs. A set of Scotch™ Titanium Kitchen Scissors and Scotch™ Portable Food Scissors will be sent to 3 individual winners. Winners will be selected via Rafflecopter, and notified via email. They have 48 hours to respond to the notification email. Should there be no response, the winning entry will be rendered null and void, and another winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This post was made possible by 3M Scotch. All opinions are my own.

MummyMoo

7 comments :

  1. Oh my!!!! Thank you for this recipe. I am so making this in the slow cooker on Monday!!!!!!

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  2. I sappoted! Cool scissors, cool dish and cool slow cooker! :P

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  3. reminds me of my mother's fav dish but she used duck instead

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    1. Hi Martin,

      My mum-in-law uses the exact same recipe for duck! :)

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