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Sesame Chicken and Green Beans

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This dish is version of the classic Chinese dish Mala jiding where crispy chunks of deep-fried battered chicken in a sweet, sour, and savory glaze packed with sesame flavor.

Sesame chicken , also called Chinese Sesame Seed chicken ,is a syncretic dish, commonly found in Chinese restaurants throughout the English-speaking world. Traditionally made with green bell peppers. It is sometimes, but not always, served with vegetables such as broccoli and Chinese baby corn.The dish is also similar to General Tso’s Chicken and Orange Chicken, but the taste of the Chinese-based sesame chicken is sweet and savory flavor rather than a hot and spicy, like General Tso’s Chicken and Orange Chicken.

Whatever the case may be, this Chinese take-out classic can be made in your own kitchen and can be enjoyed by all.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

For the Marinade/Batter:
1 egg white
6 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 Tablespoons Shaoxing wine, or sherry vinegar, or dry sherry
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 Tablespoons cornstarch
4 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Sauce:
3 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chile sauce, or Sambal Oelek, or Sirracha
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Shaoxing wine, or sherry vinegar,or dry sherry
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
Peanut oil, for deep-frying
Salt, to taste
3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
2 to 3 Tablespoons finely chopped scallions, for garnish

Cooked green beans, for serving

Directions:
Wash the chicken under cold running water, pat dry and trim off any excess fat. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes and put into a large mixing bowl. Add the marinade ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the sauce.

To make the sauce: In a saucepan, add the sesame oil and set over low heat. Add the ginger and garlic and fry gently until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well to dissolve the cornstarch.

Gently pour into the saucepan with the fried ginger and garlic. Stir as you pour because the cornstarch will thicken up pretty quickly. Keep warm over low heat.

In a heavy-bottomed pot or deep-fryer heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 375 ºF. Fry the chicken, in small batches, until golden and crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the chicken using a wire mesh strainer and drain on paper towels. Season with a little salt, to taste.

To serve, arrange the fried chicken on a platter and pour drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle with a generous amount of toasted sesame seeds and serve over the green beans.

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Piccadilly Pretzel Crusted Tilapia

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Growing up down South, one would encounter Piccadilly Restaurants, at one point in their lives. Piccadilly was first opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1944. Their  cafeteria style menu  still features a wide range of items with a focus on homestyle meals. As a kid, my family and I would often eat at Piccadilly after Sunday church services and  my favorite meal was the fried fish and green beans with tartar sauce.  Forget fish sticks, it was real fish.  This recipe actually brings back a taste of my childhood, with this pretzel-crusted fish dish. The technique of breading fish in pretzels is derived from a French method called paner à l’anglaise, which refers to coating proteins with breadcrumbs. Once you try this variation with your favorite brand of pretzels, you probably wouldn’t want to have pan fried fish any other way. And the bonus, kids will love the crunchiness of pretzel coated fish.

Serves 2


Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil
1 lemon, divided
2 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, divided
3 scallions
10 ounces green beans
10 ounces tilapia
½ cup flour
1½ cups pretzels
2 Tablespoons butter
1 egg
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
½ Tablespoon horseradish
Lemon zest, for garnish
Directions:
Prepare Ingredients.Halve lemon. Mince garlic. Rinse remaining produce. Finely chop parsley leaves, discarding stems. Trim and discard scallion roots and cut on a diagonal into ¼-inch slices. Trim ends of green beans. Rinse tilapia and pat dry with paper towel.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add scallions and green beans and sauté, stirring, until bright green and tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and ½ of parsley and sauté until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Stir in juice of ½ lemon. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Pour flour onto a large plate. Season with kosher salt and pepper as desired. In a large shallow bowl, beat 1 egg. Place the pretzels in a ziploc bag and seal.Using a mallet or rolling pin, crush the pretzels and pour onto a separate large plate. Dredge tilapia in flour, shaking off excess. Dredge in egg, allowing excess to drip off. Dredge in the pretzel crumbs, pressing to adhere.

Wipe pan from green beans clean and add butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. When butter is foamy, add tilapia in a single layer and sear without moving until crust is golden on bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip, add another 1 teaspoon olive oil to pan, and sear until opaque, about 3 minutes more. Remove from pan and set aside.

While tilapia sears, make the horseradish sauce.Stir together mayonnaise, horseradish, juice of remaining ½ lemon, and remaining parsley in a medium bowl. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

To serve, place the tilapia on the plate and place the green beans alongside.  Sprinkle a little of the lemon zest over the green beans for a nice garnish.Enjoy with horseradish sauce for dipping.

Cook’s Notes:
Crushing the pretzel as finely as possible will help them adhere to the fish. Your fish is finished cooking when it flakes easily with a fork.

 

Sautéed Green Beans and Peppers

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound green beans,washed and trimmed
1 pound  mini sweet bell peppers,  washed and sliced into rounds
1 serrano chile washed seeded and minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 package pine nuts
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a large sauté pan, heat the oil and melt the butter. Add the beans and cook until almost al dente.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring often, until heated through and beans are al dente. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

 

TODAY.com Parenting Team FC Contributor

Thai Mussels in Coconut Broth

 

Harmony is the guiding principle behind this dish. Influenced by Thai cuisine,  this mussels recipe is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something that is uniquely delicious. In  less than 30 minutes, you can have a seafood feast that is just as good, if not better, than any sophisticated  five- star restaurant.

Enjoy!

Serves 2

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup green beans, ends trimmed, sliced thin, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup red bell peppers,thinly sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled grated
1 stalk of lemongrass, crushed
1/4 teaspoon crush red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon curry powder
One 13.5 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 Tablespoon fish sauce (nam pla)
1 cup chicken stock
3 pounds Pei mussels, scrubbed, beard removed
Zest and Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro, for garnish

Directions:
Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the oil, potatoes, green beans, peppers, garlic, ginger,lemongrass, red pepper flakes and curry powder. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce and stock, bring to a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are tender but still have a bite, about 10 more minutes. Add the mussels, lime zest and juice, and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook over high heat until all the mussels open.

Remove from heat and discard any mussels that did not open Remove and discard the lemon grass. Season with salt and pepper. Add the basil and scallions and stir to combine.Serve from Dutch oven into individual bowls, and garnish with cilantro.

TODAY.com Parenting Team FC Contributor

 

 

Soy-Glazed Salmon en Papillote with Sesame Green Beans and Snow Peas