How many ways can you cook chicken? Stop hitting yourself over the head with a meat mallet because you’re stuck on the same old recipes! Find some wooden skewers and make this easy and fun-to-eat chicken dish! You can serve it as a starter, or make it a main course with steamed rice on the side. I’ve skewered it with both chicken cutlets or cut-up chicken breasts. Either will do. The chicken doesn’t take long to grill using an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill, so stay on top of it! If you have any leftovers, top a salad with this chicken — so tasty!
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
- ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- Handful chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken tenders
- 8 bamboo skewers soaked for 30 minutes
- In medium sized bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, sambal oelek, lime juice, ginger and cilantro. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Put marinade in large plastic baggie and add chicken tenders. Refrigerate for one hour. Remove chicken from marinade (discard) and thread each chicken tender onto a bamboo skewer.
- Heat a grill pan or grill on medium-high. Spray with cooking spray first so chicken doesn't stick. Grill chicken 2 to 3 minutes on each side until cooked through and light grill marks appear. Serve with dipping sauce.
- Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.
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I’m not one to pass up a good libation, so Asian Caucasian is ringing in the New Year with this mildly spicy, Thai-inspired cocktail! Damien is not a drinker, so guess who was “forced” to do the taste-testing on this one? You got it! Really tough assignment! This spritzy muddled vodka drink is SO good — it has a touch of sweetness from the simple syrup, flavorings from the lemongrass, mint, and basil, and a touch of heat from the chili peppers. Wow! Wow! Wow! Could be my new go-to cocktail!
- 1 piece lemongrass, tough outer skin removed
- 4-5 Thai basil leaves or regular basil (more for garnishing)
- 4-5 sprigs mint leaves (more for garnishing)
- 2 ounces vodka
- ¾ ounce *simple syrup
- 8 ounces club soda
- Juice from ½ lime
- 3-4 cucumber slices
- 4 thin slices jalapeño peppers
- 2-3 thin slices red Thai chili peppers (seeded)
- In a martini shaker, muddle the first three ingredients. Add the vodka, simple syrup, and club soda to the shaker and lightly shake to combine.
- Using a strainer, pour the mixture into a cocktail glass and squeeze in the lime juice, stir well. (Discard the ingredients from the shaker.) Garnish the drink with cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, red Thai chili peppers, basil, and mint.
Pour equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the ingredients until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Came across this seasonal recipe on Food & Wine’s website recently and knew I had to transform it into an Asian-style wonton for the holidays! It’s our twist on a butternut squash ravioli, combining the sweetness of the roasted butternut squash and garlic with the delicate heat from Asian spices. Fresh wontons sure beat the frozen-in-the-bag version! I served this up at Thanksgiving for a truly unique appetizer and they were “gobbled” up in minutes (no pun intended!). Dazzle your party guests and make this at home for your upcoming holiday party!
Place the stuffed wonton wrappers on a baking sheet before steaming.
Steam the wontons in a bamboo steamer or stove-top steaming insert.
Fry the wontons in a skillet after steaming, and serve warm!
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- Salt and pepper
- 1 whole bulb of garlic
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- ¼ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped (extra for garnish)
- 14 wonton wrappers
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Toss together and rearrange to a single layer on the pan.
- Cut off the tip of the garlic bulb and place in the middle of a sheet of aluminum foil. Fold the sides around the garlic bulb sealing at the top. Place both the baking sheet and garlic in the oven. Roast the butternut squash for about 25 minutes or until nicely browned but not burned. Roast the garlic for 45 minutes. Remove both from oven and let cool.
- In a medium nonstick skillet, add teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots about 3 minutes until softened. Set aside to cool. Wipe out the skillet.
- To make the filling: Squeeze out the roasted garlic from the skin into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the butternut squash, shallots, Chinese Five Spice, cayenne pepper, and basil. Mash together with a fork.
- To make the wontons: Using one wonton wrapper at a time, place a teaspoonful of butternut mixture into the middle of the wrapper. Using your fingertip, brush the two top sides with water and fold up to meet the top, forming a triangle. Brush the two pointed ends with water and fold the ends over each other to seal, forming a pocket. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat with other wonton wrappers.
- Place the wontons in a single layer in a bamboo steamer or other stove-top steamer sprayed with cooking spray. Steam for about 10 minutes. Heat the non-stick skillet with canola oil over medium-high heat. Brown the wontons for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the wontons to a serving platter. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with extra basil. Serve immediately.
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