Category Archives: Poultry

Thai Coconut Chicken saucy noodle soup

This quick and easy Thai inspired soup is what you need in your life right now! Cozy and comforting, and so perfect for cold weather. This fragrant soup comes together in no time and  is probably one of my favourite meals to make. Everyone loves a good bowl of noodles. Add a nice steaming hot fragrant broth to the mix and everyone will be begging you for seconds.

The soup is super simple to make. Chicken is simmered in a well seasoned broth, then shredded. Some delicious veggies are added and coconut milk together with some aromatics. The whole process takes about 30 minutes, the result is absolute comfort in a bowl.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. coconut oil
3 shallots,  peeled and chopped fine
2.5 cm / 1 inch, grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
2 – 3 tablespoons green Thai curry paste*
3 Kafir lime leafs**
1 stalk lemon grass,  bashed with cleaver
2 chicken breast
2 cups vegetables of choice*** fresh or frozen
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups coconut milk
1 tbsp.  fish or to tast
2 tsp. Sugar
1/4 cup (small handful)Thai basil
1/4 cup (small handful) Cilantro
Lime wedges for serving
Peanuts for serving
Scallions, sliced thin for serving
200 gr/ 8 oz pack thin wheat or rice noodles, 

*Thai curry paste can be very hot, so try two tablespoons first and add more if you like it hot.
**If you can’t find kefir lime leafs, use a little extra lime
***The vegetables I used are a frozen mix of bean sprouts , mangetouts, carrots, leek, onion. But you can add any fresh or frozen vegetable you like.

METHOD:


Heat coconut oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots,  ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes.  Add curry paste a stir until fragrant.  Add the chicken broth, kafir lime leafs and lemon grass. Bring to a simmer.
Add the chicken breasts to the pot and simmer gently for 20 to 30 minutes or untill chicken is cooked thru (depending on thickness).

Remove the chicken from the broth to a plate and shred with two forks. Add the coconut milk to the pan, bring to a simmer and return de chicken to the pot, together with the vegetables. Stir in the fish sauce and sugar.
In the meantime cook the noodles in a separate pot or soak according to the package directions.
Add the thai basil and cilantro to the pot reserving some for garnish.
Serve the soup in deep bowls over the noodle. Garnish with cilantro,  basil, lime wedges,  peanuts and spring onions. Serve piping hot. Crispy chili oil is also delicious on top, enjoy!

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Easy Chicken soup with Fluffy Spelt Dumplings

This is a very comforting soup made in about a fourth of the time than regular chicken soup because of the use of breasts instead of a whole chicken. Making this a quick fix when you crave chicken soup with dumplings on a rainy day. Nothing beats a chicken and dumplings soup when you need a little comforting or are simply in the mood for a steaming bowl of nourishing goodness.

These dumplings are the ones I make all the time at home, the spelt flour makes the dumplings extra light and fluffy.

All you have to do is brown seasoned chicken breasts in some olive oil, add the stock and some herbs and onion and simmer until cooked through. Then you remove the chicken and shred or cut it into bite size pieces. In another pan, you pan fry the veggies and add the chicken broth. The dumpling mixture is a one bowl situation, mix everything and shape into balls and drop into the broth, voilà.

Serves : 4 (can easily be doubled)
Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
stock:
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 chicken breast
1.5 L water
2 chicken stock cubes
2 bay leafs
1 onion cut in half with skin on for colour
2 cloves, pierced into the onion halves
small bunch of parsley, stalks only (use leafs for serving)

For the soup:
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil olive
1 cup cubed carrot
1 cup celery, cut into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped fine
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
black pepper to taste
parsley for serving

For the Dumplings:
2 cups white Spelt flour
4 tsp. baking powder
black pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. each dried parsley and dried chives
3/4 cup milk
3 tbsp. olive oil

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Place a large pot over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the chicken breasts and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides. I do this when I flip the breasts after browning one side. Meanwhile, boil the water in the kettle.
Once the chicken is nicely coloured, add the stock cubes by crumbling them between your fingers and add the hot water carefully. Add the onion with the cloves, the bay leaves and parsley stalks. Bring to a very slow simmer and cook for about 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts.
Once the breasts are cooked through remove them to a plate to cool slightly and strain the stock through a sieve and put back in the large pot and back on the stove to keep hot.

Now make the dumpling mix, by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, adding a little extra flour if it seems to wet or a little extra water or milk if it seems to dry. The mixture should be soft but shape-able. Set aside.

Heat large pot with a wide opening so you can fit a lot of dumplings in one go* (see note), add the tablespoon of butter and the tablespoon of olive oil. Add all the chopped veggies to the pan and cook until they start to get slightly golden. Add the oregano, thyme and the stock. Bring to a simmer, the veggies will not need too long since they are chopped small, about 15 to 20 minutes in total. So after about 10, minutes you can add the shredded chicken and follow up with the dumplings. Carefully drop the dumplings into the soup, making sure they do not touch. Place a lid on the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 12- 13 minutes. Flip dumplings over with the use of two spoons and cook for another two minutes, with the lid of the pan back on. They will fluff up a lot, so do not overcrowd the pan. Once they care cooked thru, sprinkle with parsley and serve straight away, maybe with some grated Parmesan cheese.

NOTE : Sometimes, I like to cook the dumplings separately if I make a lot of dumplings at the same time. Just heat a pot with simmering salted water and cook dumplings according to the recipe. Later you can add them to the soup, when ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Watermelon, Chicken, bacon and Feta Salad, Tahini ranch dressing

Beautiful nutritious Salads is what summer is all about.  They are easy,  healthy and delicious and can serve as a meal or as a side. Fresh ingredients like, Watermelon, crispy greens, chicken, bacon and feta all join forces with fresh basil and mint for a quick and easy salad that’ll be sure to delight your family and friends.
Also, this happens to be the perfect food to take with you on a picnic, potluck or beach day.
Having a good list of go-to-salads will make your life so much easier this Summer. 
Some of my favorites salads for Summer are Quinoa Salad, Halloumi Peach salad, Greek salad, Elotes and pineapple salad, Peach Basil Shrimp Salad with Sweet Chili Vinaigrette and Bbq Honey Chicken Tenders Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing.
This watermelon, chicken,  bacon, and feta salad is what dreams are made of. The tahini ranch dressing may come as a surprise but there’s sweetness and nuttiness with a touch of “zing” from the lemon juice, so delicious.

INGREDIENTS

For the Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

For the Salad

  • 3 cups market greens
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 1-2 avocados sliced
  • ½ cup feta
  • Handful chopped pistachios
  • Fresh basil and mint
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the tahini ranch

  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine the vegetable oil with the seasoning. Place the chicken in a large zip top plastic bag and add the marinade, give the chicken a little massage and place it in the refrigerator to marinate for about an hour.

Heat a large skillet, remove the chicken from the marinade and cook the chicken for 6 minutes on each side depending on thickness,  until it is cooked thru. Remove the chicken from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes on a plate. Slice the chicken and set aside. Whisk the ingredients for the tahini ranch together.

On a large platter arrange the salad greens, top with the avocado,  cucumber,  watermelon,  feta, bacon, onion and chicken. Sprinkle with herbs and pistachios. Serve with tahini ranch.

Enjoy!

 

Roasted red bell pepper jam

Get ready for the new sauce of Summer ’22.
The perfect sauce for Mexican Corn Jalapeño Burger, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Kebabs, Beef burger filled with Onions and Crispy Bacon, Madras Salmon Burger, etc etc… basically all kinds of hamburgers, grilled meats, salmon, fish and sandwiches.
The jam is sweet, a little tangy because there is a little vinegar in there, and a hint of spice in the form of chili flakes. You can adjust that to your liking of course, but for us, 1/2 teaspoon is enough. This sauce will keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator,  you can also process the jars (canning) for a longer shelve life, but do consult a canning website or source for that procedure.
This roasted red bell pepper sauce takes five minutes to make and is so easy. I used a jar of roasted peppers like I did in my 5 minute Romesco Sauce, cheats version because, why not? Sometimes it’s okay to take a shortcut.

Makes 1 jar

INGREDIENTS:


1 jar of fire roasted red peppers, drained
80 grams of special jam sugar/gelling sugar
1/4 cup plain vinegar
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon table salt

INSTRUCTIONS:


Place all the ingredients in a blender.
Puree until smooth and transfer to a large pot.
Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until bubbly and slightly thickened.
Pour into sterile jar, let cool a bit with the lid off, for an hour or so.
Then close with a lid and keep in the refrigerator. Like I said earlier,  it’s good on everything.


Enjoy!