Roasted Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs with Steamed Bok Choy

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A  simple chicken dish inspired by Asian flavors……………………

 

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:
For the Marinade:
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 Tablespoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

For the Chicken:
6 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
⅓ cup Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
¼ cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons brown sugar, or coconut sugar
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon  fresh orange zest, or taste
2 bunches of baby bok choy , quartered horizontally
sliced green onions, for garnish

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to  425°F.

Wash chicken thighs and pat dry with a paper towel.

Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the chicken. Stir to cover the chicken thoroughly with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and sit in the refrigerator for 20 to 25 minutes.

Whisk the vinegar, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper and zest together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil; reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally until sauce thickens. Take off heat and allow to cool slightly.

Place chicken thighs into an cast iron skillet or baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Pour ⅔ of the sauce mixture over the chicken, rotating each thigh until evenly covered. Turn the chicken thighs and continue to bake until beginning to brown on the skin , for about another 15 minutes. At this point, start steaming  the bok choy .

Change oven settings to broil on medium heat and cook until the skin changes to deep golden in color, about 5 minutes.

Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with green onion slices and remaining sauce. Serve with the steamed bok choy.

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Mezzaluna Pasta with Spring Vegetables

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This is a fresh and elegant spring dish that you can whip up in no time with the availability of fresh made pasta that can be found in most supermarkets these days.

 

Serves 4

Ingredients:
One bunch green asparagus
8 ounce  package fresh peas
Two 8-ounce packages of fresh mezzaluna pasta
1 Lemon
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped white onions
1 Tablespoon  minced garlic
3 Tablespoons butter
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano Cheese

Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Trim the woody ends from the asparagus and discard. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces. Cook the asparagus and peas for 3 minutes. Add the mezzaluna and cook for 3 minutes. Drain the pasta and vegetables and set aside.

While pasta and vegetables cook, zest the lemon. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the onion and garlic until soft, 2 minutes. Add the butter, pasta, peas, asparagus and lemon zest and  gently stir until butter is melted and pasta and vegetables are coated with sauce, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

 

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Pollo al Limone

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The most requested dish at Rao’s in New York City in  East Harlem, is this lemon chicken — or Pollo al Limone, as many of the restaurant’s Italian American regulars say. The dish is a family recipe created by owner Frank Pellegrino’s Uncle  Vincent nearly 70 years ago, who roasted two broiler chickens, then flavored the meat with a tangy lemon, olive-oil, and garlic sauce. As in the Pellegrino tradition, the dish is best served with the side dish Peas and Prosciutto, also a family dish.

 

Serves 6

Ingredients:
For  the Lemon Sauce:
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Chicken:
Two 2 1/2 -to-3-pound broiling chickens, halved
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

Directions:
For the Lemon Sauce:
Whisk together juice, oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Whisk or shake vigorously before using.

 

For the Chicken:
To attain maximum heat, preheat the broiler for at least 15 minutes before using.

Broil chicken halves, turning once, for about 30 minutes or until skin is golden-brown and juices run clear when bird is pierced with a fork.

Remove chicken from broiler, leaving broiler on. Using a very sharp knife, cut each half into about 6 pieces (leg, thigh, wing, 3 small breast pieces).

Place chicken on a baking sheet with sides, of a size that can fit into the broiler. Pour Lemon Sauce over the chicken and toss to coat well. If necessary, divide sauce in half and do this in two batches.

Return to broiler and broil for 3 minutes. Turn each piece and broil for an additional minute.

Remove from broiler and portion each chicken into each of 6 warm serving plates.

Pour sauce into a heavy saucepan. Stir in parsley and place over high heat for 1 minute. Pour an equal amount of sauce over each chicken and serve with lots of crusty bread to absorb the sauce.

 

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