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About Geraldine's Kitchen Journey

A simple woman who has a strong passion for cooking and baking. Amidst all setbacks, she is determined to keep going.

Baked Skinless Chicken Breast in Chimichurri Sauce

healthy meal that you can easily prepare at home

Healthy meals can be easy and delicious just like this baked chicken breast. The aroma of the herbs from the Chimichurri sauce infused well on the meat that makes each bite flavourful. This recipe is definitely a keeper for me. Try it out ! 🙂

Chimichurri sauce was best made one day ahead to let all the flavour released in the oil and this recipe is adapted from Karina of Cafedelites.com. I just made some slight changes to suit my taste.

Ingredients

  • One piece of chicken breast about 210g
  • 3-4 tbs of chimichurri sauce (see recipe below)

Method

  • Butterfly cut the chicken breast
  • Place the chicken on an oven proofed ceramic dish and marinate the chicken with the sauce on both sides. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes
  • Bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degree celsius. Bake for 10 minutes then set to grill mode and bake for another 5 minutes. Make necessary adjustment according to your oven. As each oven’s heat works differently. If you have bigger piece of chicken, baking time needs to be a little longer. Do not over-bake, therefore increase the baking time little by little and check.
  • Can be serve with salad to have a complete meal

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients

  • a handful of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 small chili (birds eye) – chopped
  • 1 big chili (deseeded) – chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Method

  • Add all the ingredients together and mix until well combined. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.

Any unused chimichurri sauce can be refrigerated. I normally would keep it for a week.

Seafood Patty With Okara

Sometimes I would make my own soy milk either with regular soybeans or black beans. Whenever I make soy milk, I would keep the soybean pulp or also known as “okara” to be used in making other dishes, to prevent wastage. It is a nutritious ingredient that you can add on to your own meals. Be creative!

Today, I made some seafood patties for our dinner. It was delicious. With the addition of okara, it made the patties quite filling. Paired together with some salad. This easily becomes a simple but scrumptious, hearty meal.

Ingredients

  • 100g okara
  • 250g skinless salmon fillet
  • 85g shrimp (washed and peeled)
  • 10g chopped spring onion
  • 100g fish paste
  • 1/2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbs onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cajun powder
  • 1 tsp salt or add to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbs potato starch
  • 1 large egg

Method

Note 1 : If your food processor is big, you can just add in all the ingredients except the spring onion, and blend until it becomes a thick paste, otherwise you have to do the salmon and shrimp separately and mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, which is what I did. Add the spring onion manually into the paste until well combined.

Note 2 : Your okara must be thoroughly squeezed dry, and be as fine as possible. This is how you get the best mouth feel of your patty. I know that there are some soy milk machine that can make soy milk even without pre-soaking the beans, hence the pulp would be coarser. So preferably use beans that has been pre-soaked. (see picture below)

  • Slice the salmon fillet into cubes, remove all the fishbones that might be embedded in it. Put everything into the food processor, blend until it becomes a thick paste. Transfer it into a big bowl.
  • Put the shrimp into the food processor, blend until it becomes a thick paste, add it into the salmon paste.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
  • Refrigerate for an hour before frying
  • In a heated frying pan, add some oil just enough to submerge half of the patty. At medium high heat, wait for the oil to sizzle. Submerge the tip of a wooden chopstick into the oil. If there are any bubbles surrounding the chopstick, this indicates that the oil is ready for frying.
  • Portion each patty using an ice cream scooper and flatten it into 1/2 inch thick patties. You may need a spoon to assist in scraping the sticky paste from the scooper. Fry for about 2 minutes or until the sides become golden brown. Flip the patty and continue to fry the other side for about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat if the patty is browning too quickly.
  • Use a strainer to strain any oil or put it on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with your favourite sauce. I prefer mine with Thai chili sauce.
Texture like those of chicken nuggets.