Spicy Tomato Chicken

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into pieces
1 large onions cut into pieces
7 oz green peas if frozen is used, thawed first
6 potatoes cut into pieces and deep fry
1 can 16 oz crushed tomato
4 inches cinnamon stick
5 pieces cardamon mace
6 Tbsp of Canola oil

CHILI PASTE:
15 bird’s eye red chilis or 3 large red chilis or you can skip the chili
25 shallots peeled or 1 big red onion (peeled and cut into big pieces)
6 cloves garlic peeled
2 inches ginger peeled
1 tsp of shrimp paste/belacan available at Asian grocery stores

SEASONINGS:
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp sugar

MARINADE:
3 Tbsp grounded coriander seeds

Heat about 3 Tbsp of oil in a heavy-bottom pot, stir-fry coriander-marinated chicken till half cooked and set aside.

Fry the chili paste till fragrant with 3 Tbsp of canola oil. Add in cinnamon, cardamom, onion, chicken, tomato paste and potato, stir-fry well.

Add in seasonings and water, cook until chicken is cooked through and tender. Lastly, add in green peas and mix well. Turn off the heat.

Dong’An Chicken

About 4 quarts chicken stock
About 2 3/4 lbs free-range chicken
1 3/4- inch piece fresh ginger , unpeeled
3 scallions
1 fresh red chili
3 dried red chilis
2 tsp Shaoxing wine
2 Tbsp clear rice vinegar
1/2 tsp whole Sichuan peppercorns
Salt to taste
3/4 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 tsp cold water
1 tsp sesame oil
4 Tbsp lard or peanut oil for cooking

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan over a high flame. Add the chicken and return the liquid to the boil, skimming the surface, as necessary. Crush half the ginger and one scallion with the flat side of a cleaver or a heavy object, then add to the pan with the chicken. Reduce the heat and poach the chicken for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid and allow it to cool; reserve the cooking liquid. The chicken should be about three-quarters cooked. There will still be some blood, don’t worry.

when the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the flesh from the carcass and cut as far as possible into bite-size strips, along the grain of the meat. I never discard the skin. (the bones and scrappy pieces of meat can be returned to the cooking liquid and make into stock).

Cut the fresh chili in half lengthwise and discard the seeds and pithy part, then cut into very fine slivers about 1 1/2 inches long. Peel the remaining ginger and cut into slices and then slivers similar to the chili. Cut the green parts of the remaining 2 scallions into slivers of a similar length; set aside.

Heat the wok over a high flame until smoke rises, then add the lard or peanut oil and swirl around. When the oil is warming up but before it is smoking hot, add the fresh chiles, and ginger, along with the dried chiles and Sichuan pepper and stir-fry until fragrant, taking care that the seasonings do not take color or burn.

Add the chicken and continue to stir-fry. Splash the Shaoxing wine around the edges of the chicken. Add the vinegar and salt to taste. Add up to 1/2 cup of the chicken poaching liquid, bring to a boil and then turn the heat down a little and simmer briefly to allow the flavors to penetrate the chicken, spooning the liquid over.

Add the corn starch mixture to the liquid and stir as the sauce thickens. Throw in the scallion greens and stir a few times. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve.

Bhutanese Spicy Chicken Stew (Jasha Maru)

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1-inch cubes)
4 cloves garlics (peeled finely minced)
3 shallots (peeled and chopped)
2 Tbsp of finely grated ginger
1 medium-size leek (cut into slices and wash properly-refer to notes)
1 large tomato (dice)
4 red chilis (seeded if you like and cut into small pieces)
Salt to taste
1 cup chicken stock
1 small bunch of cilantro leaves for garnish
2 Tbsp of oil

Preheat a wok or skillet with lid and add in oil. Add in the garlic, ginger, onion, chili, and leeks. Stir-fry until the vegetables are soft. Tip in the chicken and tomatoes and continue to stir-fry until the chicken started to turn opaque in color. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cover with the lid and let it gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve warm with a bowl of steamed rice. Garnish the stew with cilantro leaves.

Black Tea-Infused Satay

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 lb of boneless skinless chicken thigh cut into 1/2-inch strips
Bamboo skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes before grilling

MARINADE:
10 bags of black tea
2 cups of hot water
2 Tbsp of brown sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp paprika powder
1 Tbsp of cooking oil
7 cloves garlic peeled and finely minced

BLACK VINEGAR SAUCE:
1/4 cup of black vinegar
1/4 cup of brown sugar

Place the black tea bags inside a cup of hot water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add in the brown sugar, salt, paprika powder, oil and garlic. Let the tea cool down.

Place the chicken thigh pieces in a large bag or container and pour in the tea mixture to let the chicken marinade overnight or minimum of 6 hours.

Place the black vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil and then lower the heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool down
Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and thread it into the bamboo skewers. Repeat with the rest of the chicken meat. Preheat your grill on medium heat and place the satay on the grill and cook until you get a nice char on the meat, about 2-3 minutes on each side
Serve with black vinegar sauce on the side

Stir-Fried Nian Gao Rice Cakes

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb Chinese or Korean Rice Cake 450 gr
2 Tbsp cooking oil divided
3 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
8 oz boneless chicken thighs/breast 250 gr, cut into thin strips (see notes)
5 oz Napa Cabbage 150 gr, cut into large chunks or shred
3.5 oz baby bok choy 100 gr
1/4 cup chicken broth

MARINADE FOR MEAT:
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch

SEASONINGS:
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp shaoxing wine
1/2 tsp sugar

GARNISH:
2 stalks green onion finely chopped

PREPARE THE RICE CAKES:
If you get the refrigerated rice cakes or dried rice cakes, soak them in the water for at least 2 hours (overnight for dried rice cakes). If you use frozen ones, thaw in the refrigerator and then soak.

Drain off the soaking water and the rice cakes are ready to be used.

MARINATE THE MEAT:
Place the chicken or meat of your choice in a mixing bowl along with the marinade ingredients and marinade for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.

COOKING:
Preheat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil and swirl to cover the base of the skillet or wok. Add chicken and stir fry until the chicken pieces turn opaque and cook through. Dish out the cooked chicken.

Wipe the wok clean if necessary. Bring the skillet/wok back to high heat. Add another 1 Tbsp of cooking oil. Add garlic and stir fry for about 20 seconds. Add the napa cabbage and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add bok choy and stir fry another minute.

Add rice cakes, seasonings, and broth. Give them a quick stir. Cover with a lid and cook for about 3 minutes or until the rice cakes soften.

Uncover the lid and give it a good stir to mix everything. Add the chicken back into the skillet/wok and give it a stir. Have a taste and add more soy sauce as needed.

Garnish with chopped green onion and serve warm.

Notes: This recipe uses plain nian gao log that is cut into slices. They don’t have any taste on its own and are meant for stir-fries or “noodle” soup. They are similar to the Korean Tteokguk rice cakes. Both made with sticky rice flour. (The Korean version is usually available at Wegmans in the refrigerator section.) Notice that they are labeled as “Rice Cake”, but actually they are made with both sticky/glutinous rice and regular rice flour (though more of the glutinous rice flour in composition). Once refrigerated, the rice cakes loose their elasticity completely. They will have turned hard like a rock. Soak in water for at least 2 hours or you can soak overnight. If you get the frozen version, thaw first and then soak. There is also a dried version, which also requires soaking overnight in the water.

You can use any protein of your choice like ground meat, or slices of beef or pork loin. This dish is also perfect to use any leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken. You can also opt for meatless protein like using extra-firm tofu slices.