As we slipped into this self-quarantine at the beginning of March. The only meat we had at home was chicken breasts as usual. If anyone has similar ingredients at home, please give this one a try. It is so creamy and easy to prepare. I served it with bread at first but it is just as good with pasta. The recipe says it’s restaurant quality and it really is!

On a side note, I did not have parsley so I threw in some green onions on top with some cilantro. I also used beef stock instead of chicken but you can use water if you don’t have any of these. Feel free to substitute as you see fit.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chicken Breast (2 large), or chicken tenders – 1 1/4 lbs 
  • Salt or to taste – 1/2 tsp 
  • Black pepper or to taste – 1/4 tsp 
  • All-purpose flour for dredging – 1/4 cup 
  • Olive oil – 2 Tbsp 
  • Unsalted Butter – 1 Tbsp 
  • Brown button mushrooms halved or thickly sliced if very large – 8 oz 
  •  Onion Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic Cloves Minced – 2
  • Dry Marsala Wine (not sweet) – 3/4 cup 
  • Chicken Stock reduced-sodium – 3/4 cup 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – 1/2 cup 
  • Parsley Finely Chopped – 2 Tbsp 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make 4 even cutlets. Place between plastic wrap and pound until 1/3″ thick. Season chicken all over with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, dredge in flour (shaking off the excess), and then set aside.

  2. Add more oil to the pan if needed along with mushrooms and saute until excess liquid from mushrooms evaporates and mushrooms are golden brown (5 min). Stir in 1/2 tsp onion powder and 2 minced garlic cloves and saute another 30 seconds or until fragrant.

  3. Add 3/4 cup marsala wine, scraping the bottom of the pan. Increase the heat and cook until mostly reduced down (4-5 min) then add 3/4 cup chicken stock and while stirring add 1/2 cup heavy cream in a steady stream. Lower the heat to keep at a simmer and continue to simmer and reduce sauce another 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Season sauce with 1/4 tsp salt or season to taste.

  4. Return chicken to pan and sprinkle the tops with 2 Tbsp chopped parsley. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and keep on the heat until heated through and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency (2 minutes). Keep in mind, the sauce will thicken more as it cools.

https://natashaskitchen.com/chicken-marsala-recipe/

To get into the spirit of the world cup soccer game this year. I tried to make this appetizer. I learned of it from a Facebook post made by Tashfee at the time. She invited people to go over and have this appetizer if Brazil won that round. Being that we live thousands of miles apart, I couldn’t possibly go over and have a quick bite at her place. So I decided to make my own Coxinha – Brazilian street food. I am happy to say that they turned out to be quiet tasty.

INGREDIENTS:

FILLING

  • Olive oil- 1 Tbs
  • Garlic cloves minced – 4
  • White onion diced – 1
  • Chicken cooked and shredded- 2 cups
  • Paprika or cayenne pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • salt- to taste
  • Cream cheese- 4 oz
  • Fresh parsley chopped- 3 Tbsp

DOUGH

  • Unsalted butter – 1 Tbs
  • Whole milk- 2 cups
  • All-purpose flour- 2 cups
  • Egg
  • Panko breadcrumbs – 2 cups
  • Oil, for frying

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium pot, heat olive oil, then sauté garlic and onions until soft and brown. Add shredded chicken, salt, and paprika (or cayenne pepper). Stir to incorporate.
  2. Transfer mixture into a bowl, add cream cheese and parsley. Mix well.
  3. In the same pot, add butter, chicken broth, and milk. Bring to a boil. Stir in flour until dough is formed.
  4. Transfer dough to a flat surface. Knead the dough while it is warm, but not hot.
  5. Pinch a piece of dough, about the size of a large egg, and roll into a ball. Using your hands, flatten the dough and spoon filling into the center. Wrap the dough into a pear shape and make sure there aren’t any holes.
  6. While heating a pot of oil to 350˚F/180˚C, dredge the dough in egg and panko, then deep-fry till golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Drain on a towel, or wire rack and serve immediately.

 

Raw Drumsticks

Raw Drumsticks

Marinated Drumsticks

Marinated Drumsticks

Frying Drumsticks

Frying Drumsticks

Chicken fry from my mom's recipe

Chicken fry from my mom’s recipe 

There are a few things that I  know from just watching and being around my mom while she cooked. I never really tried to learn cooking from her. But when it came time to do it on my own. I relied on my memory for things that she would make and the rest sort of just happened. This is one of those recipes that I can do with my eyes closed. Her famous Asian inspired chicken fry. She only ever makes this with drumsticks and thighs but you can use whatever you want. You can adjust all these ingredients to your taste. My mom doesn’t have an exact measurement for all the ingredients. But just to give you an idea this is more or less what is required to make it.

P.S. I love you Ammu! Thank you for being you.

INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken Drumsticks – 12 pieces
  • Flour  – 2 cups
  • Eggs – 2
  • Soy Sauce – 1 cup
  • Onions (Finely Chopped) – 2 cups
  • Green Chillies – 1 Tbs
  • Corn Starch – 1 Tbs
  • Salt – 1 Tbs
  • Vinegar – 1 Tbs
  • Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  • Ground White Pepper – ½ tsp
  • Oil for deep frying

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make sure you wash the Chicken first and let it dry. Prick holes in it with a fork.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a huge bowl except for the oil.
  3. For best results, it is suggested to keep this mixture in a fridge overnight. The flavor develops increasingly if you let it marinate for a longer time. If you are in a hurry then you can marinate it for an hour and that should also be good enough.
  4. Take it out and fry it well in oil under medium-high heat. Make sure to thoroughly cook it well on all sides. 2-3 minutes on each side before turning it.
  5. Serve it while it’s hot.