Monthly Archives: August 2019

Black Vinegar Chicken with Bell Peppers and Eggplant

Black Vinegar Chicken

The secret to this dish is its sweet and tangy taste of the sauce that is coating each piece of meat and vegetables. The sourness of the black vinegar and the sweetness of the sugar complements well to the dish just like sweet and sour pork that we normally eat at a Chinese restaurant.

So if you like sweet and sour dishes, you might want to try this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 600g chicken boneless thigh (I prefer skin on) – cut into chunks
  • 1 medium size eggplant – cut into pieces about 1″x2″
  • 1 red bell pepper – cut into pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper – cut into pieces
  • 10g minced garlic
  • 50g chopped shallots
  • potato starch slurry 16g potato starch + 32g water
  • 250g chicken broth ( I used Swanson brand)
  • 10g oil
  • 20g black vinegar (adjust accordingly to suit your taste)
  • 20g dark soy sauce
  • 40g premium soy sauce
  • 30g white sugar
  • extra potato starch for coating the chicken

Marinate for the chicken

  • 50g dark soy sauce
  • 50g premium soy sauce
  • 10g rice wine
  • 10g minced ginger

Method

  • Marinate the chicken, cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes
  • In a heated wok, add enough oil to fry the eggplant, set aside the eggplant turn off the heat. you will use the same oil to fry the chicken
  • Take the chicken out from the refrigerator, coat it with potato starch
  • Heat up the wok for frying the chicken, add enough oil for deep fry. When the oil is hot (170 degree celsius), fry the chicken pieces until it becomes brown. Turn off the heat. Set aside the chicken on a paper towel.
  • In a heated saucepan, add 10g oil , sauté the minced garlic, onion, and bell peppers. Sauté until you can smell the fragrance of the spices.
  • Add the broth, black vinegar, sugar and soy sauce. Stir and let it come to boil
  • Add the potato starch slurry while stirring constantly, let it come to boil.
  • Turn off the heat. Toss the chicken and eggplant into the thickened sauce. Mix and ensure each pieces are coated well with the sauce.
  • Serve hot.

Mexican Chicken Quesadilla

Hola ! Amigos and amigas! Buenas Dias! Today I have decided to make quesadilla for dinner. It is very easy to make, yet bursting with flavours from the different spices used. As you can see from the photo above, I am using a lot of Mc Cormick’s spices. They have great quality herbs and spices that would surely give that ‘oomph’ to your dishes. This recipe yields 2 round quesadillas, perfect for a family of 4.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs oil + 2 tbs of oil
  • 4 pcs of tortilla wrap
  • 300g chicken breast (cut into cubes)
  • 1/4 pc chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 pc chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 pc yellow onion (medium size)
  • 125g grated cheddar
  • 125g Monterey Jack cheese

Spices

  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

Mango Salsa

  • 1 ripe yellow mango ( cut into small cubes)
  • 2g chopped coriander
  • 20g red bell pepper
  • 20g yellow bell pepper
  • 10g minced red onion
  • 1 big lime (7g juice)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix all the ingredients for the salsa, wrap and set aside in the refrigerator

Method

  • Gently whisk all of your spices, add in your cubes of chicken, season it well until all the pieces of chicken are coated with spices. Set aside.
  • In a medium high heat fire, drizzle 1 tablespoons of oil onto your pan , sauté the yellow onion and bell peppers until tender. Transfer to a plate.
  • Using the same pan, add two tablespoons of oil , sauté the seasoned chicken until all the pieces are cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  • Using a clean pan heated under a medium low fire, lay one piece of tortilla, sprinkle half of the grated cheddar cheese, then followed by half of the cooked chicken, half of the cooked onion and bell peppers, then half of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Lastly top it with another piece of tortilla wrap. Flip and cook for both sides., about 3 minutes each side.
  • Sliced into wedges, serve with mango salsa
  • Repeat the process for the remaining ingredients.
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