Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Padmé’s “Barbecue” Chicken
by Susu & Jools

During their unethical and forbidden marriage, Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker were forced to steal any moments as far from prying eyes and ears as possible. That meant that they never went out to dinner or to the theatre or even shopping. Instead, they would stay at home — whether on Naboo or Coruscant — trying to compress what little time they had together. Food would be ordered, or C3PO and R2D2 would prepare something for the couple.

But time and again, Padmé would try to make something special for her husband. She wasn't a cook at all; having lived at home all her private life, her mother — who was an excellent cook — made sure the former Queen of Naboo was fed and cared for. But Padmé couldn't very well run home to mother to ask for cooking lessons, suddenly! So she'd try to make something, end up with an awful tasting mess, which she'd toss out. She'd do a thorough job cleaning up so that Anakin was none the wiser about her culinary efforts and failures.

But finally, Padmé did manage to make something wonderful — barbecued nuna legs! And they were tender and flavorful, tasting like she'd spent days marinating and skillfully grilling — and Anakin couldn't get enough of them! She never managed to make as many as he wanted to eat. Since she saw her husband so infrequently, he really didn't mind that this was the only dish she ever made for him, especially since he'd been living on field rations and food pellets. The result was when he needed to leave her, he'd miss the barbecued meat almost as much as he missed her! So he asked her, how did she make them, and on such short notice?

"I sprinkle the powder on them, then I put them in the cooker and push the button. It beeps when it's done," replied his loving wife.

Anakin was perplexed; it wasn't the answer he expected. So when she went to dress, he quickly asked C3PO, who explained, "Miss Padmé is simply following the instructions on the seasoning powder packet, then putting them in the cooker. The button she presses says "Barbecue Chicken" — so that's what the dish must be, wouldn't you say, Master Ani?"

  • 6 chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning powder
Heat the oven. Remove the skin and blobs of fat off the chicken legs by pulling it off the meat. use a paper towel to grip the fat and skin if you 'd like. (Or buy them already skinned and cleaned.) With a sharp knife, cut two parallel slashes in the meaty side, down to the bone on the thighs. Do the same to the drumsticks, then flip them over and do the same to the other side.

Place the chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle over with the seasoning powder. Toss and massage the meat with the seasoning powder; you can add more or less, according to taste. If you wish, you can place the seasoned raw chicken pieces in a covered container and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before you cook them.

Place on a foil-lined baking dish and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or till done. How to tell? The sinews on the chicken legs will pull away from the "ankle" and move up toward the "knee" and poking a skewer deep into a thick piece of thigh will leak non-red juice.

Remove from the oven and cover with foil to let the chicken "rest" for at least five minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

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