Asian Garlic Fried Chicken

Asian Garlic Fried Chicken

garlic fried chickenHave you ever tried an Asian style fried chicken?  It’s got many names including Korean Fried Chicken, Garlic Fried Chicken, and Mochiko Chicken, just to name a few.

But whatever you call it the taste is very similar and the recipes are pretty much the same.  And of course it’s delicious!  It’s slightly sweet, slightly salty garlicy chicken pieces that are delicately battered and fried to a crisp chicken that’s tender and juicy on the inside.  In short it’s perfect!

Serve it hot over a bed of hot steamed rice or a stack of noodles.   A crisp fresh salad of greens makes a great addition.  Or serve it as a nice lunch on a bed of mixed greens and drizzle with the homemade garlic sauce.

For the tastiest Asian Garlic Fried Chicken make the sauce ahead of time and marinate your chicken pieces in some of the sauce overnight in the fridge.  Also this recipe uses boneless skinless chicken thighs not breasts which tend to be less tasty and dry.

My family loves this delicious chicken dish I’m sure yours will too!

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Asian Garlic Fried Chicken
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Ingredients
Garlic Sauce/Marinade
Fried Chicken
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Instructions
Sauce/Marinade
  1. Combine sauce/marinade ingredients in a sauce pan remember to reserve 1/2 of the green onions and sesame seeds.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat.
  3. Simmer until sugar is dissolved and sauce thickens slightly, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Chicken
  1. Marinate cubed chicken in about 1/4 of the cooled marinade/sauce overnight in the fridge.
  2. When ready to cook combine flour, corn starch, salt & pepper.
  3. Shake excess marinade off chicken cubes and dredge in flour mixture.
  4. Deep Fry and drain on paper towel.
  5. Place fried chicken in a bowl and toss in the remaining sauce.
  6. Garnish with remaining chopped green onion and sesame seeds and serve.
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Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe

One of my favorite Chinese seafood dishes is Salted Pepper Shrimp, we used to order it every time we dined at a Chinese restaurant.  Since I found a recipe for it we can enjoy it at home.  I modified it to fit our tastes and I think made it a bit simpler to make.  Served over steamed white rice it’s yummy!

Ingredients:
1 lb.  Medium to Large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 tbls. sea salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tbls. ground white pepper
2 tbls. ground black pepper
1 tbls. garlic powder

3 tbls. chopped green onions
2 tbls. minced garlic
1/4 +  cup peanut oil

Directions:

Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour

Salt & Pepper Shrimp

In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch,  1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder

Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel

Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot

Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok

Cook until shrimp turns pink – turn halfway for even cooking – you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry

Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain – Do not turn stove off

If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil – add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden

Add fried shrimp back into pan

Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften

Remove from heat and serve over white rice

Enjoy!




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Easy Salt & Pepper Shrimp Recipe
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4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 Minutes 1 Hour
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
  2. Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour
  3. In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch, 1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder
  4. Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel
  5. Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot
  6. Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok
  7. Cook until shrimp turns pink - turn halfway for even cooking - you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry
  8. Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain - Do not turn stove off
  9. If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil - add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden
  10. Add fried shrimp back into pan
  11. Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften
  12. Remove from heat and serve over white rice
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The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

Chicken Marsala

One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Marsala.  I’ve tried many different recipes in my quest for the perfect one; tweaking each one until it was just right.

Here is the recipe I use and my family loves it.  The sauce in this version is thicker and creamier than other versions due to the heavy cream and corn starch.  If you want a thinner sauce please read the notes at the end to see what ingredients can be omitted or substituted.

This recipe is very easy to make and should be served soon after cooking.  Left overs can be refrigerated, in fact it tastes even better the next day!

I serve Chicken Marsala with garlic mashed potatoes or my cousin’s “poor man’s pasta” the recipe for that is at the bottom of this post.

The Best Chicken Marsala

Ingredients:

1 lb. mushrooms
4 tbls. butter
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 cup Marsala wine
1 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, pounded to 1″ thickness
2 tbls. olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. ground sea salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh parsley chopped

Directions:

1.  Wash mushrooms and pat dry.  Slice into thin slices.

2.  Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat.  Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.

3.  Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms.  Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.

4.  Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt.  It should thicken slightly.  If it’s too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup.  Set aside. *

5.  Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.

6.  Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.

7.  Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.

8.  Pour Marsala sauce over chicken.  Add cherry tomatoes.  Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.

9.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

* For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4.  Add salt and set aside.  Cook chicken as directed.  In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts.  Sprinkle with parsley.

Poor Man’s Pasta

Ingredients:

1 lb. Pasta
3 tbls. butter
1/4 shredded fresh parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.  Cook pasta as directed on box.

2.  Drain pasta.

3.  Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.

4.  Add cooked pasta.  Toss in butter until pasta is covered.

5.  Add parmesan cheese.  Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.

6.  Serve hot.

The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe
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6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
The Best Chicken Marsala Recipe
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Chicken Marsala
  1. Wash mushrooms and pat dry. Slice into thin slices.
  2. Melt 2 tbls. butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and wine to the mushrooms. Lower heat and gently simmer until wine reduces, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add cream, corn starch, and sea salt. It should thicken slightly. If it's too thick add more wine to desired consistency, but not more than another 1/2 cup. Set aside.
  5. Combine flour, ground sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.
  6. Heat oil and 2 tbls. butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  7. Toss chicken tenders in flour; shake off excess; fry in olive oil/butter until cooked thru and is golden brown.
  8. Pour Marsala sauce over chicken. Add cherry tomatoes. Simmer until tomatoes are soft, but not mushy.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
Poor Man's Pasta
  1. Cook pasta as directed on box.
  2. Drain pasta.
  3. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add cooked pasta. Toss in butter until pasta is covered.
  5. Add parmesan cheese. Toss pasta until cheese is evenly distributed.
  6. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For thinner sauce OMIT heavy cream and corn starch in step 4.  Add salt and set aside.  Cook chicken as directed.  In step 9 BEFORE you sprinkle with parsley stir in 2 more tbls. butter, stir until butter melts.  Sprinkle with parsley.

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Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Spring Rolls) Recipe

Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Spring Rolls) Recipe

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Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Rolls is an unfried version of the popular fried Lumpia.  Lumpiang Sariwa is traditionally called “fresh” not because it’s a raw but because it’s not fried like its counterpart the fried lumpia.  

In the Philippines Lumpiang Sariwa can be served as an appetizer, snack or dessert.  It is served during many occasions;  Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and specially During Fiesta Season.

Fresh Lumpia has three parts,  the filling, the wrapper, and the sauce. The filling usually has pieces of fried pork or shrimp but you could replace them with fried tofu or tempeh (deep fried fermented soy beans from Indonesia), and you can choose some of your favorite vegetables cut in small pieces. The wrapper is a simple thin crepe, and the sauce is a thick sweet-savory cream. Combined together, they make one delicious dish that is a party in your mouth.

This is my version for Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Rolls. For Fried Lumpia recipe please click here! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

For the filling and garnish:

½ lb pork, thin sliced

1 cup shrimp, shelled and de-veined

1 pack  tofu, sliced in strips

2 cups sweet potato, cubed

1 ½ cup carrots, julienned

6 pcs. Lettuce leaves

2 cups baguio beans (string beans), chopped

1 lb cabbage, shredded

½ cup cilantro, chopped

2 tbsp. patis (fish sauce)

1 medium size onion, chopped

½ cup peanuts, crushed

3 tbsp garlic, minced

1 pc. pork cube, (pork stock )

½ cup water

For the wrapper:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1½ cups milk

2 eggs

½ tsp. salt

2 tbsp. cooking oil

For the sauce:

2 tbsp. corn starch, diluted in 4 tbsp. water

½ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. garlic, minced

½ pork cube

2 cups water

 Directions:

For the filling:

In a pan over medium heat, pour-in the cooking oil. Sauté the garlic and onions.

Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown.

Add the pork cube and add ½ cup water then simmer for about 30 – 40 minutes or until pork is tender.

Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until potatoes are soft then add the shrimps. Then add the tofu and cook for a few minutes.

Add the carrots, cilantro, and string beans then mix with the other ingredients then add the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the fish sauce and mix then set aside.

For the Wrapper: 

Crack the eggs in a mixing bowl, beat and add the milk while beating.

Add salt and all-purpose flour then mix well, add the vegetable oil and mix well again.

Spray oil or grease butter in a pan over medium heat.

Pour-in the mixture for about half a cup and tilt the pan to distribute the liquid evenly.

Cook until the top part of the mixture is dry “about 2 minutes”.

Remove the cooked mixture and place in a flat plate using a spatula then set aside.

For the sauce:

Pouring water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Add the brown sugar and pork cubes.

Add  salt to taste and soy sauce then mix well.

Dilute the cornstarch in water and pour in the saucepan then cook until the sauce becomes thick then set aside.

Final Direction:

Place the wrapper in a plate or in a clean flat surface, then place a lettuce leaf in the middle top part of the wrapper.

Spoon the filling and place in the middle of the wrapper over the lettuce leaf.

Close the wrapper by folding the lower part first then roll the sides until the filling is sealed.

Pour the sauce at the top of  your fresh lumpia and garnish with minced garlic and crushed peanuts.

Serve at its freshness,

 

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  1. For the filling:
  2. In a pan over medium heat, pour-in the cooking oil. Sauté the garlic and onions.
  3. Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown.
  4. Add the pork cube and add ½ cup water then simmer for about 30 – 40 minutes or until pork is tender.
  5. Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until potatoes are soft then add the shrimps. Then add the tofu and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add the carrots, cilantro, and string beans then mix with the other ingredients then add the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the fish sauce and mix then set aside.
  8. For the Wrapper:
  9. Crack the eggs in a mixing bowl, beat and add the milk while beating.
  10. Add salt and all-purpose flour then mix well, add the vegetable oil and mix well again.
  11. Spray oil or grease butter in a pan over medium heat.
  12. Pour-in the mixture for about half a cup and tilt the pan to distribute the liquid evenly.
  13. Cook until the top part of the mixture is dry “about 2 minutes”.
  14. Remove the cooked mixture and place in a flat plate using a spatula then set aside.
  15. For the sauce:
  16. Pouring water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  17. Add the brown sugar and pork cubes.
  18. Add salt to taste and soy sauce then mix well.
  19. Dilute the cornstarch in water and pour in the saucepan then cook until the sauce becomes thick then set aside.
  20. Final Direction:
  21. Place the wrapper in a plate or in a clean flat surface, then place a lettuce leaf in the middle top part of the wrapper.
  22. Spoon the filling and place in the middle of the wrapper over the lettuce leaf.
  23. Close the wrapper by folding the lower part first then roll the sides until the filling is sealed.
  24. Pour the sauce at the top of your fresh lumpia and garnish with minced garlic and crushed peanuts.
  25. Serve at its freshness,
  26. Share and Enjoy!!!
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Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp Tacos

Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp Tacos

Fusion Cuisine has become very popular lately.  Top restaurants and chefs tout their newest creations which is usually 2 or more types of cuisine and cooking traditions combined to create a “fused” dish.  Some are actually delicious like my favorite LA street food, Korean Beef Tacos; other combinations I’m not so sure about like Sweet and Sour Chicken Pizza.  I love pizza, but I like to keep it simple, the topping of Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken was interesting at best.  I’m sure there are fans of it out there, I’m still uncommitted.

Recently our family headed to Chili’s for a quick meal, it had to be quick the 19 month old twins were with us!  My favorite dish at Chili’s is their fried shrimp tacos.  I was so disappointed when I ordered the tacos and got tiny shrimp that was marinated in some Tex-Mex concoction and thrown in a corn tortilla.  When I asked our server what happened to the “good” shrimp tacos I was informed that it had been changed to this new version.  Good thing I ordered a taco trio and was able to enjoy the Prime Rib tacos.  But I went home determined to create my own version of a crispy shrimp taco.

Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp TacosI came up with this delicious taco!  I adapted my Salt & Pepper Shrimp recipe (Asian Fried Shrimp) and used that to fill fresh white corn tacos.  Garnished with shredded cheddar, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream it was super yummy!  In fact we liked it better than Chili’s old shrimp tacos!

These Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp Tacos have just the right flavor and the perfect crunch that complements the white corn tortilla.  It has become a new family favorite and I’m so excited to share it with you!

 


Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients:

Makes 4 tacos

12 Jumbo Shrimp

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Corn Starch

1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Ground White Pepper

Oil for frying

4 White corn tortillas

Shredded lettuce

Shredded cheddar cheese

Salsa

Sour Cream

Directions:

Peel and de-vein shrimp.

Butterfly the shrimp by lightly slicing the back about 1/4 of the way thru.

Dissolve salt in water and soak the shrimp in it for 15 minutes.

Mix garlic, pepper, and corn starch together.

Pour 1″ of oil in frying pan and heat.

Drain shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel.

Roll shrimp in corn starch mixture.

Fry shrimp until the coating turns golden and shrimp is pink.

Drain on paper towel.

Assembly:

Warm tortillas in microwave for 15 seconds.

Fill tortillas with 3 shrimp each.

Add desired toppings and serve.

Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp
Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp Tacos
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Crispy Salted Pepper Shrimp Tacos
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4 Tacos
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4 Tacos
Ingredients
Servings: Tacos
Instructions
Shrimp
  1. Peel and de-vein shrimp.
  2. Butterfly the shrimp by lightly slicing the back about 1/4 of the way thru.
  3. Dissolve salt in water and soak the shrimp in it for 15 minutes.
  4. Mix garlic, pepper, and corn starch together.
  5. Pour 1" of oil in frying pan and heat.
  6. Drain shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel.
  7. Roll shrimp in corn starch mixture.
  8. Fry shrimp until the coating turns golden and shrimp is pink.
  9. Drain on paper towel.
Assembly
  1. Warm tortillas in microwave for 15 seconds.
  2. Fill tortillas with 3 shrimp each.
  3. Add desired toppings and serve.
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