Easy Chicken Masala

1-3 lBS of boneless skinless chicken thighs chopped 
The marinade

  • 1 teaspoon tarmac powder
  • 1 teaspoon gar masala 
  • 1 chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups of plan yogurt 

Combine all ingredients including chicken into a large mixing bowl. Stir until all the spices are worked through the yogurt. Set aside and let marinade for 1-2 hours. 
On a stove-top grill or cast iron skillet cook chicken pieces for 3-5 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned.
The sauce 

  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce or tomato puree
  • 1 8oz can of evaporated milk
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 2 diced peppers (chillies)

In stove-top pot on medium heat combine all ingredients and chicken and stir together. Cover and let simmer for 15-25 minutes and serve over rice.

Easy Game Night Menu

Asian Style fried chicken wing

5-10 LBS of chicken wings

2 cups soy sauce

2 tpbs. chilli garlic sauce

1 tps.  Chinese 5 spice

2 tpbs. Minced ginger

4 cloves of minced garlic

3-4 cups of flour with ¼ tps cornstarch and ¼ tps baking power mixed in

to clean the chicken:

In an extra large bowl or pot add the chicken wings and several cups of apple cider vinegar until the chicken is covered. Add ¼ cup of kosher salt and ¼ cup of lemon juice and stir until the salt dissolves. Cover and place and the fridge for at least 3 hours to overnight. Skim off white film/foam off the top with a spoon before draining the chicken.  

In the same bowl or large Ziploc bag combine wings, soy sauce, chilli garlic sauce, 5 spice, ginger, and garlic. Marinade chicken for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oil to 325°F in a deep fryer or stove top Dutch oven/hard bottom frying pan .

There is no egg wash needed for this recipe just coat the chicken in the flour mixture and fry until chicken in dark brown and crispy. Drain the a strainer lined with paper towel.

Puff pastry turkey patties

2 lbs ground turkey

5 scallions

1 tps cumin

1 tps chilli powder

salt & pepper to taste

2-4 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed and lightly floured

in a large skillet coated with a few tablespoons of olive oil combine the ground turkey, scallions and spices. Over medium heat cooked turkey until lightly browned. Set aside and let cool.

In the meanwhile, on a floured board cut puff pastry into 4” squares. In each square add 1-2 spoonsful of the meat. In a small bowl or dish prepare an egg wash of 1 egg, 2-3 tbps of water and 1 tbps of melted butter. Dip a finger in the wash and go around the inside edge of the pastry, fold on a diagonal (triangle) and press to seal. Once all the patties are complete brush them with the remaining egg wash and bake them in an oven that been preheated to 350 for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown.

The Secret life of dumplings

When I think of comfort food I think of something warm, filling, and easy to make. I was trying to think of my favorite and many things come to mind, Mac & Cheese, Soup, pasta and butter sauce. There’s one comfort food that cuts across many cultures, dumplings bitch! I love me some dumplings, from anywhere but for those of you who don’t know I’m about to school you!

Now if you’re like me and grew up with a southern family then you grew up with these:

Southern Chicken and dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is a staple southern comfort food. It’s creamy, it’s filling, and has a unique mild flavor that’s great for winter meal. Now I haven’t had this dish in years! Mostly because after grandmother passed there was no one that could make quite like she could. But this recipe is a great close second https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/old-fashioned-chicken-dumplings-recipe

Another variation on this recipe is with backbone (pork riblet) which is a little harder and tangy. I’ve made this recipe myself and it’s amazing!

Dumpling with backbone

Here’s the website for the recipe http://www.tasteofsouthern.com/backbone-and-dumplings/

We definitely cannot talk about dumpling with talking about asian dumplings. Whether steamed or fried, Chinese or Korean we’ve all had these and I can’t get enough them. They come with various filling from pork to shrimp or vegetables depending on which region of asian we’re talking about.

Asian Dumplings

This is my personal recipe for asian shrimp dumplings

Last be definitely not least is my personal favorite Trinidadian dumplings with Oxtail. Trinidadian dumplings are closer to what American’s call biscuits. They’re light, fluffy and delicious, along with the stewed Ox-tail it’s a meal that will fill you up and never let you down. It’s a little spicy but that never hurt nobody!

Trini dumpling w/ Oxtail

This recipe is a process but it’s well worth it! https://www.today.com/recipes/oxtail-stew-dumplings-t20031

I encourage everyone to try these various recipes and share your experience in the comments!