KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN
3 pounds drumsticks
FRESH finely ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 + 1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 cup coconut oil
1 stick butter
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons FRESH finely grated ginger
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
1/3 cup AP flour
1/3+ cup Vodka
1/3 cup COLD water
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

  • Toss chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whisk together the 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in the cornstarch mixture, shaking off any excess.
  • Transfer chicken pieces to a rack and let sit uncovered for 30 minutes.

 

  • In a small sauce pan heat the avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and ginger, sauteeing 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Add liquid aminos, brown sugar, molasses, honey, rice vinegar, sriracha, and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer for 6-8 minutes until it begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

 

  • In a LARGE skillet (preferably cast iron) melt coconut oil and butter over medium high heat.
  • Whisk together the flour, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Add the vodka and COLD water, whisking until smooth and thinned out to a milky consistency. If needed add vodka and cold water alternately 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Dip chicken pieces one at a time, allowing excess batter to drip off.
  • Add each piece to the HOT oil.
  • Fry the chicken until the coating is crisp on ALL sides, but not browned, about 10-15 minutes. Drain pieces on rack.
  • Double fry the chicken until browned and crisp. Drain a 2nd time on rack.
  • Brush with sauce, coating all sides.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

HONEY ORANGE PINEAPPLE CHICKEN ala SLOW COOKER

HONEY ORANGE PINEAPPLE CHICKEN ala SLOW COOKER serves 6-8

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup orange pineapple juice
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup QUALITY honey
1/4 cup apricot pineapple preserves
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce
1/4 cup Heinz Chili sauce
8 ounce can crushed pineapple
1 small can Mandarin orange segments, drained WELL
1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup sliced carrots
Prepared rice
chopped green onions for garnish

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together orange pineapple juice, lemon juice, chicken broth, honey, preserves, brown sugar, cornstarch, teriyaki sauce, Chili sauce, Country Bob’s sauce and crushed pineapple.
  • Spray slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place chicken breasts in slow cooker in as shallow a layer as possible.
  • Top with onion and carrot pieces.
  • Pour juice mixture over top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Cover and cook 1 hour more.
  • Top with Mandarin orange segments, turn off heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Serve over hot cooked rice. Top with fresh chopped green onions.

MONGOLIAN BEEF ala INSTANT POT

MONGOLIAN BEEF serves 6

2 pounds flank steak, sliced into thin strips across the grain
1/3 cup cornstarch
2-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic
3/4 cup soy sauce (I used low sodium)
1 cup water
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
1 cup shredded or julienned carrots
Sliced green onions and sesame seeds, for garnish
Cooked white rice

  • Place flank steak strips in a 1 gallon resealable bag.
  • Add cornstarch, seal bag and shake to coat evenly.
  • In a medium bowl, add ginger root, garlic, soy sauce,  water, brown sugar and Hoisin sauce stirring well to combine.
  • Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting.
  • Add olive oil.
  • When olive oil is heated, add beef and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour mixture over beef and stir to combine.
  • Add carrots and stir again.
  • Turn Instant Pot off.
  • Place the lid on and lock.
  • Steam release knob should be set on “sealing”.
  • Cook on manual setting (high pressure) for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove lid and stir.
  • Serve over cooked white rice and top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

MONGOLIAN BEEF

This MONGOLIAN BEEF recipe is a MORE AUTHENTIC crispy, flavorful tasty homemade version than the sweet gloopy restaurant style Mongolian Beef you see in many restaurants.

1 pound flank steak, sliced against the grain into ¼-inch thick slices SEE NOTES
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 egg white
1 teaspoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • Drain pineapple into a sieve.  Save the pineapple pieces for later.
  • Whisk together avocado oil, liquid aminos, pineapple juice, egg white and cornstarch until well blended.
  • Pour over beef pieces in a large bowl, stirring to coat well.
  • Cover and marinate the beef for 1 hour.

¼ cup cornstarch

  • Dredge the meat in the remaining ¼ cup of cornstarch until lightly coated. I go old school and use a paper bag to shake it well.

⅓ cup avocado oil
2 stalks celery, sliced on the diagonal
2 carrots, sliced thin on the diagonal
1 shallot, side thin

  • Heat over high heat.
  • Lay the flank steak pieces in an even single layer in the wok, and let sear for 1 minute.
  • Flip meat and sear another 30 seconds.
  • Remove meat and keep warm.
  • Add celery, carrots and shallot slices, stir frying a minute or more until soft.
  • Remove to meat platter and keep warm.

½ teaspoon minced ginger
1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons water
1 bunch green onions, cut into 1-inch long slices on the diagonal

  • Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the wok and turn the heat to medium-high.
  • Add the ginger and peppers flakes.
  • After 15 seconds, add the garlic.
  • Stir for another 10 seconds.
  • Add the liquid aminos and chicken stock. Bring the sauce to a simmer, add the brown sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  • Let the sauce simmer for about 2 minutes.
  • Slowly stir in the cornstarch slurry mixture–until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.  SEE NOTES
  • Add the beef, veggies and scallions and toss everything for another 30 seconds.
  • Serve over rice or noodles.
  • Garnish with the crushed pineapple.

NOTES:

  • Flap meat like that used for carne asada works really well also.
  • There should be almost NO liquid as the sauce clings to the beef. If there is still liquid sauce, increase the heat slightly and stir until completely thickened.

SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN DIP

This recipe is perfect for a potluck, tail gate party, holiday get together or Sunday dinner and it has nice refreshing change of taste.

SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN DIP
2 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
10 ounce jar sweet and sour sauce
2 cups FRESH baby spinach
2 bunches thinly slice green onions
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
Sesame Rice Crackers

  • Generously season chicken tenders with salt and pepper.
  • Sear chicken tenders until golden and cooked through. Set aside to rest.
  • Whisk together the liquid aminos, sesame oil and garlic.
  • Shred chicken pieces.
  • Toss with sesame oil mixture and refrigerate for AT LEAST an hour.

ASSEMBLY

  • Spread cream cheese onto serving platter.
  • Spread sweet and sour sauce over cream cheese.
  • Top with spinach pieces.
  • Top with chicken mixture.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and peanuts.
  • Serve with sesame rice crackers.

NOTE: For a more elegant serving:

  • Combine the cream cheese with the sweet and sour sauce into a spread.
  • Spread each cracker with a generous portion.
  • Top with spinach pieces.
  • Top with chicken mixture.
  • Top with green onions.
  • Arrange on platter.
  • ENJOY!

 

HONEY SOY PORK with PEANUT NOODLES

HONEY SOY PORK with PEANUT NOODLES

2 boneless pork chops
3 green onions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
1/4 + 1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/8 + 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 pound bok choy, halved, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces, keeping bulbs and greens separate
6 pieces spaghetti
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
Sriracha, to taste
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
2 tablespoons avocado oil
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • In a large Ziploc bag or baking dish combine 1/4 cup liquid aminos, 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons honey.
  • Pat dry pork chops and add to marinade, turning to coat.

 

  • Cook noodles per package directions, about 8 minutes to al dente’.
  • Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

 

  • Whisk together the peanut butter, 1/4 cup liquid aminos, 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Set aside.

 

  • In a large pan over medium high heat add sesame oil until shimmering.
  • Add bok choy bulb pieces and green onion whites, sautéing 3-4 minutes until soft.
  • Add cabbage and bok choy leaves, cooking a couple minutes more until leaves wilt.
  • Season to taste and transfer to bowl with noodles.

 

  • Remove pork from marinade. and reserve 2 tablespoons.
  • Return pan to heat and add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil.
  • When shimmering add pork chops and sear on both sides until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer to plate and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Add reserved marinade to peanut sauce and whisk well.

 

  • Add peanuts and peanut sauce to noodle bowl, tossing to coat.
  • Thinly slice pork chops.
  • Plate noodles and vegetables.
  • Top with pork slices.
  • Garnish with green onion tops.

GENERAL TSO CHICKEN

General Tso’s chicken is traditionally a sweet, deep-fried chicken dish that is served in Chinese restaurants. It is often seen as  General Tse’s chicken. The dish is named after Zuo Zongtang (Tso Tsung-t’ang), a Qing dynasty statesman and military leader.

This baked version of General Tso Chicken is baked for a lighter and much healthier version that actually tastes BETTER to us than the original version AND it is so much easier to prepare. The sauce is sweet and savory and best of all is poured right over the raw chicken for a one pan supper that tastes better than ANY restaurant quality meal.

GENERAL TSO CHICKEN Yield 4-6 servings

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins or  chicken breasts, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup Hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
3 cloves garlic, finely minced fresh garlic
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (add more for a spicier dish or omit for a mild dish)
¼ cup peanuts
Optional garnish: sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Spray a medium (9×6 or 11×7) baking dish with cooking spray.
    Place chicken in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with cornstarch and toss to coat.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken broth, brown sugar, Hoisin sauce, sesame oil, salt, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and stir to combine.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir, return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from oven, stir in peanuts. Season with additional salt and red pepper flakes, to taste.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds just before serving.

NOTES:

1) Serve the General Tso Chicken over rice with plenty of extra sauce spooned over top. We love it with steamed broccoli!


2) If you’re just cooking for 2 the ingredients cut in half really well.  I like to prepare it in individual 5×5 Le Crueset baking dishes.

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MISO GINGER CHICKEN

MISO GINGER CHICKEN
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon minced ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon miso paste
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 green onions, sliced
avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Wash and dry chicken breasts.
  • Heat pan over medium heat.
  • Add avocado oil.
  • Generously season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Sear chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and keep warm.
  • Add green onions, ginger and garlic, cooking until fragrant and beginning to soften.
  • Add liquid aminos, miso paste, honey, vinegar and sriracha, whisking to blend well.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened.
  • Return chicken to sauce and turn to coat.
  • Serve over rice.

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SPICY CHICKEN POT STICKERS with BLACKBERRY SAUCE

SPICY CHICKEN POT STICKERS with BLACKBERRY SAUCE makes 3 dozen

POT STICKERS
1 pound lightly browned ground chicken
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1 carrot, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon FRESH grated ginger
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon FRESH ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
36 wonton wrappers
2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • In a large bowl combine the ground chicken, cabbage, carrot, garlic, green onions, liquid aminos, Hoisin sauce, ginger,, sesame oil, pepper and red pepper flakes until well blended.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into the center of each wonton wrapper.
  • Rub edges with a bit of water.
  • Fold edge over diagonally and crimp edges together to form each dumpling.
  • In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat.
  • Working in batches place pot stickers in a single layer – DO NOT CROWD PAN! Cook until golden and crispy, 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Drain each batch on a wire rack to drain while cooking the next batch.

DIPPING SAUCE
1/2 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon FRESH grated ginger
1/3 cup blackberry jam

  • Whisk together ALL the ingredients.
  • Heat in a saucepan until desired heat and consistency.
  • Serve with pot stickers.

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CRISPY SESAME CHICKEN THIGHS with SESAME CUCUMBER SALAD

CRISPY ASIAN CHICKEN THIGHS with SESAME CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD – serves 2
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons cornstarch
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 teaspoons sugar
2-4 teaspoons sriacha
Juice of 1 small lime
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter

  • Add cornstarch to a paper bag.
  • Add chicken pieces, shaking to coat well.
  • Whisk together the liquid aminos, sesame oil, sugar, lime juice and sriacha until well blended.
  • Heat pan over medium heat.
  • Add avocado oil and butter.
  • Add chicken pieces and cook until cooked through, crispy and golden on both sides. About 5 minutes per side.
  • Remove chicken and drain of excess fat on paper towels.
  • Add liquid mixture to hot pan and let bubble and start to thicken.
  • Add chicken pieces back into pan, turning to coat in the sauce.
  • Serve over rice with remaining sauce.
  • Top with sesame seeds.
  • Serve with salad.

SALAD
1 large cucumber, halved, seeded and sliced into half moons
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, sliced thin (whites only – save green tops for rice)
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper

  • In a large bowl toss together the cucumber pieces, scallion whites and tomatoes.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over and toss again.

SWEET & SPICY MANDARIN TANGERINE CHICKEN

We are trying really hard to get tons of vegetables in our diet.This is one of those recipes that gets you your full days worth all at once and is so tasty too!

SWEET & SPICY MANDARIN TANGERINE CHICKEN
2 large chicken pieces, cut into bite sized pieces
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup carrots, sliced diagonally
1 cup snap peas, cleaned and halved
2 tangerines, peeled, halved and sectioned
1 small head broccoli, cleaned and pieced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce
1/4 cup tangerine juice (orange juice is good too)
Juice of 1 lemon
Sesame Oil
Wondra flour
Soba noodles, prepared per package
rice

  • In a small sauce pan whisk together the lemon juice, tangerine juice, sweet chili sauce and red pepper flakes bring to a slow boil. Turn off the heat.
  • Heat sesame oil in wok or wok type pan over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic until fragrant.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in Wondra flour and add to pan when oil is hot. Stir fry until chicken pieces are brown and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
  • Add more oil if necessary and then stir fry the celery until starts to soften.
  • Add carrots, followed by green onions, snap peas and broccoli cooking until desired tenderness.
  • Add tangerine pieces to sauce, tossing to coat.
  • Add chicken back in.
  • Add sauce to pan and toss to coat.
  • Fold in Soba noodles.
  • Serve over rice.
  • ENJOY!
This meal is labor intensive, but really worth it. Chopping all those vegetables takes a bit of time.

BEEF & BROCCOLI ala SLOW COOKER

CHINESE BEEF & BROCCOLI ala SLOW COOKER serves 4

1 1/2 pounds chucks roast
4 leeks, (whites and light green parts only) halved and cut into pieces
6 cloves garlic, whole and unpeeled**
6 thin slices ginger, unpeeled**
1 red jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
1/3 cup beef broth
1/4 cup dry sherry
3 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2-3 cups broccoli florets
Cooked rice

  • Combine leeks, garlic, ginger and jalapeño pieces in slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle with the flour and toss to coat. If using the meat in pieces, add meat, then flour and toss with the flour.  Otherwise nestle meat into vegetable mixture after tossing veggies with the flour.
  • Whisk together Hoisin sauce. beef broth, liquid aminos, brown sugar and rice wine.
  • Pour over meat, cover and cook on low 7 hours.

 

  • Remove meat to cutting board to rest.
  • Discard garlic and ginger.**
  • Slice meat against the grain into bite size pieces.
  • Add meat back to slow cooker along with broccoli florets.
  • Increase heat to HIGH and cook 5-10 minuses more until desired broccoli consistency.
  • Serve over rice.

NOTES:

  • **I use a small cheesecloth spice bag for these so they are easier to discard at this stage or you can peel them, chop smaller and leave them in.
  • You can cut the cooking time in half by chopping steak into small bite size pieces first.

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