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Penang Curry- My Version

Panang Curry

A great version to make at home…

Curry Paste

  • 2 to 3 dried chilies, soaked in warm water until soft and seeds removed
  • 1 inch galangal, grated
  • 3 to 4 stalks lemongrass, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 small shallots
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro stems
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and peanuts in a small frying pan till aromatic, about 2 to 3 minutes. Take out and grind in a spice grinder. Add to a mortar and pestle. Add the soft red chilies to the spices in the mortar and pestle.
Add the grated galanga, lemongrass, cilantro stems, garlic and shallots to a small food processor and process till smooth. Add the mixture to the mortar and pestle. Add the shrimp paste to the whole mixture and pound the paste till incorporated together and relatively smooth. Add the salt and keep aside.

  • 1 can low-fat coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, sliced thin on a bias
  • 1 cup haricot verts (green beans), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • ½ cup basil, shredded

Heat a saucepan on medium heat and add the curry paste. Add ¼ cup of coconut milk and sauté on medium heat while stirring constantly. Make sure the milk does not burn. Keep adding as the liquid evaporates and more is needed. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beans and bring to a boil and cook for a minutes. Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Simmer and add the lime leaves, palm sugar, fish sauce, juice and zest of the lime. Mix well and check for seasonings. Turn off as soon as the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with basil and serve with rice.

Chinese Style Chicken and Broccoli

Much better than take out…

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces


  • One egg white, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated

Add the egg white to a small bowl. Beat well and add the cornstarch. Continue beating until incorporated. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Mix well and transfer to a medium bowl with the chicken. Mix well and marinate for an hour in the fridge.


  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce

Mix the two ingredients together and keep aside.

  • 4 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, about 3 cups
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and sauté on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and sauté for another minute. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Take out of pan and add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and reheat pan. Add the marinated chicken and sauté on high heat for a minute. Add the orange sauce and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and onion and mix well. Cook with lid on for another 2 to 4 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Check for seasonings and serve with brown rice.



Roast Chicken Breast and Potatoes with Harissa

  • 2 split chicken breast with skin on


  • ½ cup full fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 5 small new potatoes, peeled and cut in half

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and marinate the chicken with most of the marinade- save 2 tablespoons for the potatoes. Marinate the chicken for at least 2 to 3 hours.

Place the chicken pieces into an oven proof tray. Sprinkle some extra salt under the skin of the chicken pieces. Poke the skin with a fork. Add the potatoes and mix the remaining marinade, mix well and roast in oven on a 325 degrees F for 40 minutes. Brown the chicken and potatoes under the broiler at the very end… it makes the skin super crispy. Take the chicken out of the pan and let it sit for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with the potatoes and the roasted asparagus.

  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt

Transfer the asparagus to a cookie sheet. Add the oil and salt. Mix well and roast in a 400 degree F oven for 20 minutes.

Chicken and Tomato Stir Fry

Tomatoes are in season and this is a very unlikely dish.. no one thinks of stir fry when one thinks of tomatoes, well, why not!!!

  • 4 chicken breast fillets, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 4 to 5 plum tomatoes, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped

Marinate the chicken pieces in the tamari, ginger, garlic, cooking wine and cornstarch for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. Take out about half an hour before cooking. Heat a wok like pan with the oil. Add the tomatoes and the sugar and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on high heat or till the juices come out. Add the chicken and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil and cook till chicken is cooked through. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Roast Chicken Breast with Miso Gravy

Another great way to serve chicken- Japanese style with delicious miso paste… I served it over broccolini fried brown rice…so, good!

  • 2 tablespoons dark miso paste
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 2 large chicken breast halves on the bone with skin
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together. Loosen the area between the meat and the skin with your fingers and place the miso paste on both pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dark miso
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat a large frying pan with the oil on medium heat and brown the chicken pieces skin side down for 2 to 3 minutes or till golden brown- be careful not to burn as miso and honey burn easily. Transfer the pieces to a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degrees oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Keep aside.

In the meantime, pour any excess fat from the frying pan. Add the green onions and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or till about ½ cup is left. Add the miso paste and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, parsley and basil and serve with chicken.

Orange Barbecue Chicken

It’s the beginning of fall but I thought I should post a recipe for grilled barbecue chicken. I like making my own barbecue sauce as the store bought ones have far too much sugar and honestly, it is a very quick sauce! Make this one, quick!

  • 1 to 2 pounds chicken tenders or breast


  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon roasted ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix the spices and rub all over the chicken and marinate in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours or over night.

Barbecue Sauce

  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Mix all the ingredients together and taste for seasonings and keep aside. Take the chicken out half an hour before grilling/cooking. Baste the chicken with the sauce before, during and after the cooking process. Cook till the chicken is done and serve with the sauce on the side.


Chicken and Potatoes

This is a delicious, quick, healthy meal to make through the week. Best of all, I made it a one pot meal.. I used my largest frying pan (14 inches), it was large enough to fit everything. In case you don’t have crazy large pans, just cook the ingredients in batches and put them together at the end.

  • 3 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • ½ cup leftover tomato compote or tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Marinate the chicken pieces with the tomato compote/sauce, garlic, oil and salt.  Mix well let sit for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge.

  • 3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch discs
  • 1 bunch green beans, trimmed

Place the potatoes discs in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes or till the potatoes are tender but not mushy.  Add the beans while the potatoes simmer and blanch for 1 minute. Take the beans out with tongs while the potatoes are still cooking. Place the beans in cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and keep aside. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain and keep aside.

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dill, chopped
  • Salt

Heat a large frying pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chicken pieces and brown both sides, either together or in batches depending on the size of the pan. Take the chicken out and add more oil if necessary and add the potatoes. Brown both sides on medium heat. Move the potatoes aside and add the beans and toss them for 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt. Add the chicken back and finish cooking through. Top with feta, parsley and dill. Check for seasonings and add salt. Serve warm.