Simple Poached Chicken

A couple of months ago, Bryan was home early from work. We were sitting in front of the TV. Out of nowhere, we realized that we were watching The Queen Latifah Show. That probably freaked Bryan out (LOL!) When we were about to change the channel, Graham Elliot (famous chef and judge from Master Chef) popped out. We were shocked to see the new Graham Elliot. He has lost A LOT OF weight. (If you haven’t seen it, google him.) Amazing! It is very good for him. Then he went on to cook this poached chicken on the show. At first, I wasn’t sure whether we would like that or not. I rarely make chicken breasts, because they are always dry and tough. We never like them. But then, when Chef Elliot finished the dish, the chicken looked moist and tasty. Bryan and I both agreed that we wanted to give this a try.

I am glad we did. This poached chicken was good. The vegetables poaching liquid gave the chicken more flavors. The tasty reduced jus was intense and earthy. It is the secret weapon to keep the chicken breast very flavorful and moist. This dish has changed my mind how chicken breast doesn’t have to be dry all the time. I hope you will enjoy the dish too!

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Linguine with Marsala Cream Sauce

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Pasta wasn’t Bryan’s kind of food. He didn’t like pasta and he never really wanted to eat them. I figured out that it may have something to do with the tomatoes and mild flavors. Since Bryan doesn’t like tomatoes, tomatoes sauce based pasta won’t make Bryan happy for sure. And some of pasta sauces are on the light and mild side, that wouldn’t satisfied Bryan either. But there is the cream based sauce, which is hearty and rich. This Marsala cream sauce was extraordinary. The Marsala wine gave the sauce a sweet note. The mushrooms made it earthy. The cream made it rich. With your favorite pasta, this dish is irresistible. Even Bryan loves this, I urge you to try this tonight.

After you make this, you can use the Marsala wine for Tiramisu! And yes, I would use the leftover bottle just for Tiramisu. 😀

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Japanese Curry with Chicken

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Other than Chinese curry, Japanese curry has to be the one curry I eat the most. It is very common in Hong Kong. You can find it in a lot of fusion cafes or Japanese restaurants. I like that Japanese curry is a bit sweet and not spicy, but with tons of flavors. This is definitely my kind of comfort food!

Before I have found this recipe from Just One Cookbook, I always make my Japanese curry with only the curry blocks. I didn’t know that I should build up more flavors with onion, ginger, garlic, apple and honey. Those ingredients make the curry so much better with layers of flavors. Hearty, sweet, comforting and warm….. Just too hard to resist! Even though there are more works and steps to this recipe than cooking with a curry block, it is so worth it at the end! Enjoy!

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Button Mushrooms

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I like braising dishes. They are always warm and comforting. Even though we are in Spring now, the weather is still slightly cool and the sky is always gloomy in Los Angeles. It sure sounds like a perfect day for some savory tender chicken. No worries. This is not a really heavy dish.

This chicken dish has many different seasonings. I promise you that the chicken will be packed with flavors. And you will be licking your plate clean with that sauce. Don’t forget to cook rice! You will want them. 🙂

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Roasted Turkey Legs

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Turkey legs are definitely not only for Thanksgiving. They can be perfect for a simple weeknight meal too. Don’t worry. These won’t require hours of cooking time. Brine them in the morning and come home to roast them in the oven for about 45 minutes. These legs were juicy and flavorful. No need to worry about the dry and rough turkey meat.

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Baked Smoked Paprika Chicken Wings

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Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday. And we can’t go without some chicken wings. These chicken wings are perfect. They are smokey, little sweet and packed with flavors. Absolutely fantastic! The most important is that they just need to go in the oven. Not much work is needed. You can just sit back, relax and enjoy your game with your families and friends, instead of being stuck in the kitchen to cook.

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Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken

Sweet tea is awesome! I fell in love with it once I tried it a few years ago. It is great for a summer day. But sweet tea and chicken? It sounds a bit scary and weird. No no no… Let me tell you. They are perfect together! The tea flavor was definitely not strong, just a hint. It was not overpowering. The flavors of the chicken was unexpected. It was absolutely delicious. This recipe turns out to be one of my all-time favorite. Give this a try! You will be happy you did.

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