Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Coconut Chicken Curry with Vegetables

There is a variety of dishes or plated food that is prepared with curry originating in the Indian subcontinent.

Though curry dishes make up a significant part of India’s food culture, there is vastly more to Indian cuisine than curry.

Curry powder though is not used in India, as authentic curry dishes from India use the leaves of the curry tree, which is related to the citrus family.

Curry leaves of the curry tree

The powder is a blend of different spices which may or may not include curry leaves.

The spices usually include ground turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and fresh or dried chilies among others.

Bowl of curry powder on a wood deck

Who Invented The Curry Powder

If curry powder is not a spice mix in authentic Indian cuisine, who then coined the term curry powder?

The term curry powder was coined by the British according to the author of the book, “The Oxford Companion to Food.”

The Oxford Companion to Food

The author Alan Davidson writes, “the kind sold commercially represents an attempt by the British manufactures to provide in ready-made form a spice mixture corresponding to those uses in South India.”

You will not find a dish in India prepared with the spice mix called curry powder, but rather only with curry leaves.

In other parts of the world, when you here the word curry, it invokes an image of warm, spicy, delicious food. Such as our Coconut Basil Chicken Curry.

This dish is incredibly fragrant with coconut milk as its base.

After the curry is finished, you add fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, chopped cilantro and basil then stir in, and wait for the herbs aromatic fresh smells to get your taste buds going.

Lemon zest basil and cilantro over a pot of curry

Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Vegetables

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, thinly sliced

1 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper using more or less to your taste

kosher salt and black pepper

3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil

2 zucchini or summer squash, diced

2 ears sweet corn, kernels removed from the cob

2-3 medium shallots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced or grated

1 inch fresh ginger, grated

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk

juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly torn

2 cups cooked basmati rice

toasted sesame seeds for serving (optional)

In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, curry powder, turmeric, cayenne, 1 tablespoon oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and brown all over, about 5 minutes.

Skillet of curry chicken

Next add the zucchini, corn, shallots, garlic, and ginger. Season with crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook the veggies another 5-10 minutes or until they just begin to soften.

Stir in the coconut milk and 1/3-1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, cook 5-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. If the sauce thickens too much, add additional water to thin.

Remove from the heat and stir in the zest, lemon juice, cilantro, and basil.

Serve along side or top over rice.

Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Goan Coconut Chicken Curry with Spiraled Sweet Potato

The Indian region of Goa is known for its tropical beaches and rich seafood curries.

This region of India is known for their Goan simmer sauces. They can be medium spiced to very spicy.

The flavors in this sauce include coconut, ginger, and tangy tamarind. Together they taste incredible when simmered with meat and vegetables.

The meats can include, lamb, goat and chicken. The vegetables can be an endless choice, such as broccoli, peas, carrots, onions, and cabbage.

Goan Coconut Chicken Curry with Spiraled Sweet Potato

1 lbs. boneless chicken thighs, cut into cubes

1/2 cup coconut milk

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp. turmeric powder

1 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. oil

1 1/2 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste finely chopped

1 medium yellow onion

1 tsp. Garam masala powder

1/2 tsp. red chili Red chilli powder

1 tsp. cumin powder

2-3 cups chicken stock

In a medium bowl add chicken, salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice and mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add ginger-garlic paste, stir and sauté well. Add onion, mix and sauté on high heat till translucent.

Add chicken mix and stir in and cook for 1 minute. Add garam masala powder, chilli powder and cumin powder, stir in and cook till the oil separates.

Add chicken stock, stir to mix, cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add coconut milk, mix well and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

In another pan over medium heat add 1 tbsp. oil. Next add spiraled sweet potatoes and cook just to warm spirals.

Next add warmed spirals to Goan sauce and mix in.

Plate and top with chopped spring onions, chopped cilantro and goat cheese.

Look how mouth watering delicious it is.

Hyderabadi Chicken Korma

Hyderabadi Chicken Korma

This delicious and flavorful chicken korma is everything you need to lift up your mood!

Hyderabadi Chicken Korma is an ultimate delight for chicken lovers!

The first korma recipe originated from the Indian Subcontinent back in the 16th century.

The word korma is derived from an Urdu word with the meaning “braise.”

Braising of meat is often referred to as pot roasting though some cooks make a distinction between the two methods, based on whether additional liquid is added.

Typically, the chicken korma recipe is known as a dish in which meat and veggies are braised with stock, water, and yogurt or cream.

The korma can be mildly spiced or fiery and can be made with chicken, meat, veal and beef.

Making Hyderabadi Chicken Korma

This Korma has tender chicken thigh meat pieces cooked in butter and is made using a melody of spices.

First we made the sauce, then we cooked the thigh meat pieces in butter then added the sauce and vegetables.

16 ounces chicken thigh pieces

2 onions, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 Bay leaf

3 Cardamom pods

1 inch cinnamon stick

2-3 Cloves

1/2 curd

15 cashews (soaked in warm water)

to taste salt

to taste red chilli powder

Grind tomatoes and cashews to make a paste, set aside.

In a medium fry pan over medium heat, sauté onions and ginger-garlic paste, about 1 minute.

Next add tomato-cashew paste, salt to taste and about 1/8 to 1/4 tap. red chilli powder

Mix until combined. Pour into a large measuring cup and set aside.

In medium fry pan over medium heat add butter until melted.

Next add chicken pieces and cook until chicken is oblique.

Next add the Hyderabadi Korma sauce and mix in. Then add 1cup peas and carrots and mix in.

Let cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to continue cooking another 5 minutes.

Close  up of Chicken  Korma

Plate server over rice. Here is plated the Chicken Korma over a Ginger Turmeric Rice.

Plated Chicken Korma over rice

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Sesame Blood Orange Chicken

If you like crispy chicken and love the flavor of blood oranges, than you should give this chicken thigh recipe a try.

It’s coated in sesame seeds and baked until crispy then drenched in a sweet Asian inspired orange sauce.

And because blood oranges are in season, they were used in place of navel oranges.

As the name suggests, blood oranges are red in color, sometimes in splotches on the outside but definitely on the inside.

The concentration of the red inside depends on the particular type of orange and growing conditions.

Squeezing them is when you truly understand where the “blood” reference comes from, as the juice resembles the ruby red of a cranberry as opposed to the yellowish tone of regular orange juice.

The blood orange taste a lot like ordinary oranges only they’re slightly more bitter but less acidic.

Some types are actually sweeter than the average Navel or Valencia orange.

Blood oranges originated in Sicily and Spain and varieties include: Maltese, Moro, Sanguinelli, Scarlet Navel and Tarocco.

Nutritional Value Of Blood Oranges

Blood oranges contain a long list of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavanones, anthocyanins, and ascorbic acid, which help in reducing oxidative stress in the body, according to a published study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry .

Consuming these varieties of oranges increases vitamin C and zeaxanthin content in the body, helping to fight infections and improving overall health.

Blood oranges contain high amounts of Vitamin C. Up to 130% of the recommended daily amount.

The presence of vitamin C in blood oranges helps to prevent the risk of developing scurvy and reduce any other inflammation caused by oxidative stress, as published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine.

They also contain potassium, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, and fiber.

With their antioxidant properties, in particular one called anthocyanins, the oranges are said to be beneficial in lowering the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Sesame Blood Orange Chicken

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 cup tapioca or cornstarch

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons oil

ORANGE SAUCE

1/4 cup honey

Juice and zest from 2 oranges

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 -inch piece of ginger, grated with a Microplane or very finely minced

1 garlic clove, grated with a Microplane or very finely minced

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add the tapioca starch and the sesame seeds, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken.

Drizzle half the oil on the baking sheet then lay the chicken on top. If there are sesame seeds remaining in the bag, take them out and press them into the tops of the chicken. Drizzle with the remaining oil. Place the chicken into your oven and bake for 35 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium-high heat. Boil for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove the chicken from the oven and dip each piece in the sauce then set it back on the baking sheet. Turn your oven to broil and put the chicken back in the oven for 5 minutes.

Keep a close eye to make sure thighs do not burn.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs

Marinades are a fantastic way to add delicious flavor to any meat.

And these Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs are coated in a sweet and tangy marinade and then baked.

Marinated chicken thighs

They are super juicy with tons of flavor.

Chicken thighs are easier to cook. Even if they reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees, they’ll still be juicy.

Left over thigh meat when warmed is still juicy and tender as well.

With its unique sweet flavor, pure maple syrup can be used in both sweet and savory culinary applications.

It can be used as a replacement for other sweeteners in a variety of desserts and baked goods, such as pies and cakes.

French Dijon and grainy mustard It can even be used as an ingredient in a sweet and spicy sauce or marinade. Such as, a traditional Dijon and a grainy old style mustard.

About Maple Syrup

Scientists have identified over 67 different polyphenols (plant compounds), at which nine of of them are unique to pure maple syrup.

Polyphenols act as antioxidants, which neutralize harmful free radicals that can damage your body’s healthy cells and increase your risk for disease (Source).

Pure maple syrup Pure maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese, riboflavin, calcium, thiamin, potassium, and copper.

With the beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, maple syrup is a great sugar substitute when baking.

With the beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, maple syrup is a great sugar substitute in any recipe.

Though maple syrup matches the sweetness of cane sugar, the out come of your recipe can be affected, as the syrup’s consistency is much thinner than cane syrup.

Read more here: How To Use Maple Syrup in Baking

Facts About Mustard

As members of Brassica or Sinapis genera, mustard plants are a close relative to a variety of common vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, and cabbage.

When the Romans conquered the Gauls, they brought mustard seeds with them, and these seeds took root in the fertile soil of France’s Burgundy region.

By the 13th century, a city named Dijon had emerged and became the hub of mustard production, which laid the foundation for the invention of the region’s signature – Dijon mustard.

Mustard seed colors

Mustard Seed Colors

Crushed mustard seeds vary in color from a pale yellow to a dark brown depending on their variety.

The common and traditional color we see in the mustard we buy at the store is due to the addition of turmeric.

What Makes Mustard Spicy

By nature, mustard seeds are spicy.

When the seeds are crushed, an enzyme called myrosinase is released, creating a mustard oil.

The combination of crushed seeds and cold water results in a mustard oil that accounts for the heat or spiciness.

About 15 minutes of mixing the crushed seed with water, the spicy flavor quickly declines.

So an acidic element is added to the prepared mustard to delay or stop this decline.

Now that you know about the sweet and spicy in Maple Mustard Chicken – here is the recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Combine mustard, garlic, marjoram and maple syrup in a small bowl.

Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard mixture evenly on top of each chicken thigh, being careful to cover as much of the surface as possible to form a “crust.”

Maple Mustard Chicken

Arrange chicken in a glass baking dish. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until mustard mixture has formed a crust and is slightly hardened, and juices run clear when the chicken is pierced.

Cooking with Chicken Thighs

Chicken is the most popular type of poultry, and it is the second most consumed meat in the world.

Chicken has leaner meat than most other types of poultry, like goose or duck.

Chicken thighs are a favorite cut of dark meat poultry for those who love to cook, due to the thighs flavor and tenderness.

Because dark meat contains more tendons, chicken thighs are a tough cut, but because they contain more fat than white meat, they are more tender and juicy.

The abundance of connective tissue not only makes them flavorful, but also forgiving of longer cooking times unlike breast meat, which tends to dry out quickly.

Is Chicken Thigh Meat Healthy To Eat

Some chicken parts contain fat. The organ meats contain the most fat, followed by the thigh and leg meat, and then the breast meat.

Chicken thighs as we all know is brown meat, and so is the fat.

Brown fat is a type of fat that stores energy in a small space. It creates heat and burns calories.

Most of the fat in chicken thighs are unsaturated, making it a healthier cut of meat over other fatty options.

And your body needs a certain intake of fat every day in order to create energy.

Nutritional Value Of Thigh Meat

Thigh meat contains more vitamins and a full spectrum of minerals. The vitamins include most of the B-vitamins, with vitamin – A and E, and folate as well.

The serving of chicken thigh meat provides you with 30% of the daily value (DV) for niacin, 15% of the DV for phosphorus, vitamin B-6 and zinc and 10% of the DV for riboflavin.

You need niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 for turning the food you eat into energy and phosphorus and zinc for forming DNA.

On average, bone-in chicken thighs are about 6 ounces each, with about 3 to 4 ounces of edible meat.

Chicken thighs are an excellent source of protein. One serving of thigh meat, about 3 to 4 ounces contains around 14 grams of protein.

One medium chicken thigh with skin contains about 140 calories and 9 grams of fat. Where as, a skinless thigh contains 90 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Chicken skin can add delicious flavor and texture, though it can add fat and calories to the otherwise lean meat.

If you prefer your thigh with the bone in, but rather not eat the skin do to your concern about calories and fat, that’s okay.

You can reduce the calories and fat by removing the cooked skin before serving the meat.

A 2014 study by a Canadian research study group found that organic free-range chickens were lower in fat compared to caged chickens.

However, when the skin was removed there was no difference in fat content.

Chicken Skin Contains Large Amounts of Glycine

Collagen is good for the health of our skin. Our body produces collagen through the synthesis of amino acids.

The primary (non-essential) amino acid involved in Collagen synthesis is called glycine.

The most concentrated sources of glycine include meat cuts from near the bone, skin, and connective tissues of chicken meat.

Chicken thighs, including the skin, is one of the very best dietary sources of glycine. Per 100 grams of chicken thigh, there is a supply of approximately 1137 mg of glycine.

How Many Thighs Per Serving

When your cooking dinner, you always hope you make enough.

With chicken thighs, the meat on the bone can vary in weight.

Cooked and Platted Skinless Boneless Chicken Thighs

The average package of four chicken thighs will weigh approximately 1 1/2 pounds .

One chicken thigh will yield about 3 to 4 ounces of meat, without skin or bone. Therefore, count on big eaters having two thighs.

And for lighter meat eaters, including children, usually one chicken thigh per person should be enough.

Chicken thighs are easier to cook. Even if they reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees, they’ll still be juicy.

Left over thigh meat when warmed is still juicy and tender.

According to Taste Asian Food – Asian chef’s prefer chicken thigh over breast meat and they say that chicken thigh meat is the most common cut of chicken used in Asian recipes because the meat is juicier and more tender than chicken breast meat.

So on your next trip to the market, get a package of chicken thighs and give yourself a head start on dinner, as this versatile cut of meat is flavor-packed and delicious.

Read more here about chicken breasts: Enhance Your Chicken Breasts With These Simple Maneuvers

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Thanks to their distinctive smokey flavor, canned chipoltle peppers really bring this recipe to life, but they can be a little intimidating if you haven’t worked with them before.

map of MexicoThe chipotle pepper is not actually a pepper, but rather the process of smoking jalapeño peppers. Such process is said to have originated in the area surrounding Mexico City.

The chipotle pepper, once smoked and dried, tends to be brown and shriveled. It loses very little if any, of its heat or spiciness through the smoking process. It is enjoyed by many for its spiciness and the natural wood smoke taste that accompanies it.

You can remove some of the heat from a chipotle pepper by carefully cutting the pepper in half down the center and gently removing the seeds and membranes that hold the seeds to the inside of the pepper. There will still be a little heat, as the flesh of the fruit also contains capsaicin, the compound that makes chilies hot and spicy.

Be assured though, with the seeds removed, most of the heat is also removed.

A word of caution, if you choose to remove the seeds, be careful not to touch your eyes during the removal, as the pepper can be extremely irritating to the eyes and skin. If you want, just wear some gloves while removing the seeds.

Because of the chipotle pepper’s spiciness, only a small amount of the pepper needs to be used in a recipe, large or small to provide flavor without creating a dish that is too hot.

Freezing Canned Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce For Later Use

can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauceMost recipes call for a very small amount of the chipotle, which means you will end up with an almost full can when you finish. To get around this, remove the peppers from the can and pour all of the flavorful liquid into a food processor.

If you don’t have one, use a small glass bowl. Cut the peppers in half and scrape out and discard the seeds. The seeds pack a lot of heat, so keep some of them if you like extra spice.

Place the peppers in your food processor and pulse them until a paste is formed. If you don’t have a food processor, finely mince the peppers with a knife and add them to the bowl of reserved liquid. Stir to combine thoroughly.

Next, line a large plate with plastic wrap and scoop the pepper paste in 1 teaspoon measurements onto the plate, leaving enough space between them that they don’t run together. Place plate in the freezer to harden.

Once set, wrap the edges of the plastic wrap around the now-firm pepper paste portions and place in a freezer-safe bag and freeze. Pull out 1 or 2 teaspoon-sized portions and use in your favorite recipe that calls for a little heat.

Start small with the amount of chipoltle peppers you use. You can always add more if you like a little more heat.

Our featured recipe is Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, and here is what you will need.

Ingredients

3 pounds chicken wings
2 teaspoons himalayan salt
2 teaspoons frsh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
3-4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 teasapoons from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

spicy chicken wingsLine a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Next add chicken wings to baking sheet in a single layer. Make sure wings are not touching.

Season wings with salt and pepper, then place in oven. Bake until skin is crisp, approximately 45 – 50 minutes.

About 20 minutes before the wings are done, add garlic and butter to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until garlic becomes translucent.

Reduce heat to low and add ginger, chipoltle peppers, honey, soy sauce and vinegar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the liquid becomes syrupy.

Transfer the sauce to a glass bowl and add the cooked wings. Toss until coated and either serve immediately, or place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place under broiler for two minutes or until brown and bubbly. Serve with a side salad.

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Smoked Bacon And Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Smoked Bacon And Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

It looks as though bacon will always rule as king of the breakfast meats. Interesting enough, we don’t reach for bacon near enough to add great flavor and fat to other meals, like lunch or dinner. The addition of bacon to other dishes can be a good way to enjoy its smoked flavor.

Charcuterie - The Craft of Salting, Smoking & CuringDo you know the process of smoking bacon?

Chef Jeff Raycroft explains that homemade smoked bacon is a simple process. Jeff says the bacon should be hot smoked in a smoker that has reached an internal temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the smoker is ready, the bacon should be hung or placed on racks and smoked until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Afterward being smoked, the meat needs to be cooled and sliced.

If using charcoal in your smoker, add soaked wood chips directly on top of the charcoal then a water bath added above that to keep humidity up in the smoker which stops the meat from being dried out.

Chef Raycroft recommends the book, “Charcuterie – The Craft of Salting, Smoking & Curing” buy Michael Ruhlman & Brian Polcyn. Link here to have a look inside the book.

Our featured recipe is Smoked Bacon And Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts, and here is what you will need.

stuffing ingredients for chicken breasts2 tablespoons olive oil
4 6-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons crumbled cooked smoked bacon – 1 slice of bacon = 1 tablespoon crumbled, cooked bacon
6 basil leaves, rolled and thinly sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

butterfly cut chicken breast seasoned Butterfly the chicken by running a sharp knife horizontally through the thickest part of each breast. Place one hand on top of the breast to stabilize while holding the knife parallel to the work surface while cutting. Do not cut all the way through.

preparing stuffed chicken breastsOpen the breast so both halves can lie flat. Season the exposed surface with salt and pepper, then add 1/4 of the ricotta cheese, crumbled smoked bacon, and sliced basil leaves to each breast.

Fold the breasts in half so the cheese mixture is surrounded by chicken breast on the bottom, back and top. Secure with long wooden toothpicks, if desired.

pan searing stuffed chicken breastsHeat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large oven-safe skillet. Once hot, add the stuffed chicken breasts to the pan to sear.

Once browned on the bottom, carefully turn each breast over and repeat on the other side. Season top and bottom with salt and pepper, if desired, during this process.

Place skillet in preheated oven and cook until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted, approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover until ready to serve.

Smoked Bacon And Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts - close upA few minutes before removing the chicken from the oven, start making the balsamic glaze. Heat balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat.

Stir while heating until the vinegar is reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume. It will form a thick, syrupy consistency when it is ready.

To serve, place a stuffed chicken breast on each plate and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Pairs well with a mixed green salad or roasted vegetables.

Here are some ideas for roasted vegetables:

  1. Roasted Sweet Potatoes And Figs
  2. Citrus Herb Roasted Vegetables
  3. Excite Your Palate with Spice Roasted Vegetables

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Nashville’s Style – Hot Chicken

Nashville's Style  Hot Chicken

Nashville hot chicken is a local specialty in Nashville,Tennessee (USA). If you ever plan to visit Nashville, you can find prepared Hot Chicken while out and about at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack among other restaurants.

Hot Chicken is prepared using the breast, thigh, or wing of the bird, and are marinated in a water-based blend of seasonings, and flour. After the chicken pieces have been breaded and fried, a spicy hot sauce using cayenne pepper is drizzled over the chicken pieces. The hot chicken is served over slices of white bread with pickle chips.

Already mentioned, there are several restaurants in Nashville that serve up hot chicken. There is even a city-wide festival and competition commemorating the dish. Check it out here: Nashville Hot Chicken Coalition.

Here’s a easy Hot Chicken recipe, so you can give it a try.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into tenders

1 tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper

2 tablespoon kosher salt

Hot Chicken

Image Credit: Joe Buglewicz/The Bitter Southerner

Brine Mixture:

1 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Sriracha

Buttermilk Breading Mixture:

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk or whole milk

2 Tbsp. hot sauce

Seasoned Flour:

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon spanish paprika

½ teaspoon celery salt

½ teaspoon dried sage

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon dried marjoram

½ teaspoon onion flakes

Nashville Hot Chicken Sauce:

3 tablesppon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ cup vegetable oil for frying, such as refined coconut oil or avocado oil for high heat cooking

Directions

Sprinkle the tenders with salt and pepper.

Whisk buttermilk with hot sauce in a large bowl, then place the tenders in the bowl.

Cover and chill for two or more hours (or overnight).

Whisk eggs, buttermilk, and hot sauce for buttermilk breading mixture in a large bowl.

Whisk all of the ingredients for the seasoned flour together in another large bowl.

Fit a deep pan with a lid, or a Dutch oven with a thermometer, and pour enough vegetable oil to measure 2 inches inside the pan.

Heat the oil over medium-high until the thermometer registers 325°F.

Remove the bowl of marinating tenders from the fridge, then take the tenders out of the bowl and pat them dry.

Working with 1 tender at a time, dredge in flour mixture, shake off excess, then dip in buttermilk mixture. Allow any excess to drip back into bowl. Dredge the tender again in flour mixture and place on a baking pan.

Place 3 to 4 tenders in the hot oil, one at a time.

Fry tenders, turning occasionally, until coating is golden brown and crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes. If you want, you can check the tender doneness by inserting a meat or instant thermometer into the tender; it should register 165°F.

Continue to fry your tenders in batches of 3 or 4, allowing the oil to return to 325°F between batches.

Place finished tenders on a tray lined with paper towels.

On the side, whisk cayenne, brown sugar, garlic salt, and paprika in a medium bowl; then whisk in ½ cup frying oil.

Arrange the finished tenders on a serving platter and drizzle with the spicy oil.

Serve with dill pickle chips and white bread.

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Article Credits:

Recipe adapted from: Wonder How To – Food Hacks 

Header Image Credit: Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

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Enhance Your Chicken Breasts With These Simple Maneuvers

Raw chicken breast with peppers and salad leaves on the wood backgroundChicken breasts, particularly boneless, skinless breasts, are the healthiest cut of chicken, but they can also be dry and flavorless if not prepared right. You might say that cooking chicken breasts is easy, and we agree. But getting them moist and tender all the time can be a problem.

No matter which cooking method you use, that is grilling, baking, or pan cooking them, there are two important steps you should always take.

Never Wash Or Rinse Your Meat With Water

On Food and Cooking by Harold McGeeAuthor Harold McGee in his book – “On Food and Cookingexplains that excess moisture on meat‘s surface thwarts the Maillard reaction, which is a chemical process that occurs when carbohydrate molecules react with amino acids, yielding that gives that brown color to the meat along with rich, complex flavors.

McGee says the Maillard reaction begins at approximately 230 degrees Fahrenheit, were as water turns to vapor at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and washing the meat with water before cooking it simply won’t get hot enough to allow the Maillard reaction to occur.

That means a washed piece of meat won’t start browning until all the water is cooked off, and by that time your chicken breast may already be well done.

Marinating Your Meat

slits cut into chicken breastsMaking small crosswise slits on chicken breast no only helps the marinade penetrate the meat, which disperses the marinaded flavor throughout the meat and not just on the surface, but also helps the chicken cook evenly.

Also most marinades call for vinegar, which is a great meat tenderizer as well as cooking meat evenly and juicy.

Pound Chicken Breasts To An Even Thickness Before Cooking Them

This is a very important process to perform as each piece of chicken breast can be a different thickness or size. If you don’t pound them out, some breasts will cook faster than others, leaving the thinner breasts dried out, while the thicker ones can be under cooked.

Pounding also tenderizes the meat, making the meat more tender.

Tools For Tenderizing

meat tenderizer

Image credit: William-Sonoma

When it comes to pounding your chicken breasts for an evenly cooked meat as well as tender and juicy, you can use a meat mallet.

But if you don;t have one you can also use a rolling pin, the back of a skillet or even the bottom of a mason jar.

Wrap the breasts in plastic wrap or wax paper, and pound until all the pieces are even in thickness, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness is ideal, but the important part is making sure the width is as uniform as possible.

Here are some of our favorite chicken breast recipes from our kitchen to yours.

Greek Grilled Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Garlic Lemon Stuffed Chicken Breast

Italian Five Cheese Chicken Roll Ups

Spanish Chicken Salad

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