Last week, Taimi hosted its second annual livestreaming event, Taimi Talks. This year, LGBTQ+ icons joined Taimi Talks to share their stories, experiences, and lifehacks with Taimi users. Latrice Royale, one of the most famous queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, welcomed everyone into her kitchen and shared the recipe for citrus lemon chicken.
“The key ingredients are spice, chicken, and love, of course,” proclaimed Latrice as she kicked off her livestream from her London flat. She started by taking two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, half an orange, half a lemon, half a lime, and seasoning. “Y’all better learn it, honey. This is called spicing, seasoning,” said Latrice while preparing her spices — adobo, lemon pepper, orange pepper, and black pepper. After washing the chicken, she marinated it with all the spices and squeezed the lemon and lime onto it.
“Now, under normal circumstances, what you would like to do is let this mixture sit for at least 30 minutes to an hour, or if you are not in a rush, do it overnight. That’s the best. But because of the magic of television and time, I have some already prepped and marinated,” continued Latrice. While the chicken is marinating, she suggests prepping the veggies, for example, broccolini and carrots. All you have to do is chop them up, add some seasoning, drizzle some olive oil, mix it all up, and put it in the oven.
Next up, rice. “Now, if you’re anything like me, I don’t like plain rice. I need some flavors, honey, some flavors popping off of my rice,” shared Latrice. Instead of boiling the rice in plain water, she said she prefers to add some broth or stock, whatever she’s got at hand. According to Latrice, when it comes to rice, the most important rule is to always double the liquid, so if you’re making one cup of rice, you need two cups of liquid. Bring the pot with the rice to a boil, bring the heat down, cover the pot, and let it simmer.
Of course, you must remember to add some love to the process! “I feel good. You got to have good vibes when you in the kitchen, baby. You can’t just be all mad and stuff. You got to be a good spirit! That way you can taste the love and feel the love”, said Latrice as she took out the chicken breasts, warmed some olive oil in a pan, and let the chicken sizzle for about 10 minutes on each side. “I wish you could smell it! That seasoning and pleasening is doing what it’s supposed to do”, sang Latrice.
As Latrice tasted the food, she shared one last bit of wisdom. “No such thing as a bad cook, unless you don’t use seasoning,” she said. “I love you all! Thank you so much for joining me! Stay safe. I hope to see you real soon.”
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