Sunday, February 12, 2017

Soy Ginger Chicken

This is a staple in our house and I can't believe I haven't posted it in so long!  I make it literally every other week because its so easy and so delicious. It's a huge favorite.  The marinated chicken can stay in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and you can make them for dinner just before you get ready to eat.  Really convenient for a busy lifestyle.

8 Chicken thighs (2 packs from Publix where they are always fresh and cheap too)
3 Scallions (green part only chopped)
1/2 cup of Light or Dark Soy
1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce
Ginger paste (fresh or jar)
Pepper fresh ground
Salt (kosher)

1) In a large glass bowl, place the chicken thighs and make gashes in them with a sharp knife (3 to 4 per thigh)
2) Add the ginger, worcestershire, soy, scallions, salt and pepper
3) Mix well opening and coating the chicken (i use my fingers which work best)
4) Transfer to ziplock and store in fridge
5) When ready to cook, heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil to a nonstick pan. Before the oil is too hot, add the chicken and cook on medium to high for 4 to 5 minutes. It will blacken/char but reduce heat if too charred depending on how you like it
6) Turn and cover with foil. This is a tip I got from blue apron and it works really well here. Cook for 5 minutes.
7) Serve with a vegetable like green beans and rice pilaf or eat as a sandwich with multigrain slices. Enjoy!
TIP: Store then chicken in a large ziplock bag to reduce clutter in your fridge. Its easy to pull them out one at a time with tongs and all you need is a small non-stick pan to make them in. 

Simple green beans with cumin and coconut

Today I found a bag of frozen green beans that were small diced and I got an idea to make them with cumin and shredded coconut. Sort of like I used to eat at home in India. It turned out to be a keeper!! I had to blog it so I wouldn't forget it. Its a really simple dish but has good flavor. It passed my toddlers test so its a kid friendly dish too.  So if you are in the mood to spice up your green beans sometime, try this!

Small diced green beans (fresh if you have time or frozen is also ok)
Cumin seeds (1/2 tsp)
Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)
Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
Ground coconut (frozen from fresh)

1) In a non-stick saut├ę pan, heat a couple teaspoons of canola oil
2) When the oil is hot, add cumin and mustard seeds and wait till they crackle. Immediately add the powdered spices.
3) Add the green beans and saute for 5 minutes. Top with softened coconut. Enjoy!