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Poulet Yassa (Yassa Chicken)

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A traditional chicken dish from the Casamance region of Senegal, Poulet Yassa (Yassa Chicken ), is one of the most famous African recipes and is found in Senegalese restaurants the world over. For best results let the chicken marinate overnight; in Africa, this is essential to tenderize the sometimes tougher African fowl. It is also very good when made with fish, see: Poisson Yassa. For the simplest yassa, make the marinade from just oil, lemon juice, onions, and a little mustard.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1/2 cup peanut oil (or any cooking oil)
one chicken, cut into serving-sized pieces
4 to 6 onions, sliced
8 Tablespoons lemon juice
8 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 bay leaf
4 cloves minced garlic
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons Arome Maggi® sauce or soy sauce
1 chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
1 small cabbage, cut into chunks
2 carrots, cut into chunks

Directions:
One day before: Cut the onions into thin slices. To make the marinade, combine onions, mustard, lemon juice, chile pepper, salt, and pepper in a  large non-metallic  bowl. Place the pieces of chicken into the marinade, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate over night for the best results.

The next day, remove the chicken  from the marinade. Reserve the marinade to make the sauce.

Cook  the chicken using on the following methods:

  • Cooking method 1: Grill chicken over a charcoal fire (or bake
    it in a hot oven preheated to 375 F) until chicken is lightly browned but not done.
  • Cooking method 2: Sauté chicken for a few minutes on each side in hot oil in a cast iron skillet.

While chicken is browning, remove onions from marinade and sauté them in a large Dutch oven until translucent. Add  the reserved marinade and the vegetables and bring to a slow boil and cook at a boil for ten minutes. Next, add the chicken  to the sauce, cover and simmer over medium heat until chicken is tender, about 30-40 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

To serve, spoon the vegetables into a soup platter and top with the chicken and ladle the sauce over the chicken.

This dish is also best served with sides like  rice, couscous  or fufu. For a more authenitc meal, Yassa Chicken is also served with  ginger beer or green tea with mint with or after the meal.

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Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Olives

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This colorful Moroccan stew offers deep spices, but stays light and bright with tart citrus, briny green olives and fresh cilantro. For the most authentic presentation, serve it in a  tagine, atop a bed of couscous.

Serves  4

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
2 Tablespoons warm water
2 large yellow onions, chopped
1/2 cup  coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus  more for garnish
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley,  plus more for garnish
4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
6 Tablespoons olive oil
6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 1/2 cups cracked green olives
2 preserved lemons, thinly sliced
1/2 cup  chicken broth

Directions:

In a small bowl, soak the saffron in the warm water for 10 minutes.

In a food processor, combine the onions, the 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup parsley and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Add the cumin, ginger, turmeric, the saffron and its soaking liquid and the salt. Process to a pulpy puree. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag. Add the garlic and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the chicken thighs, seal the bag and massage to coat the chicken with the mixture. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

Put the olives in a large, heavy fry pan and add water to cover. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, then simmer for 5 minutes. Drain the olives and set aside. Thoroughly dry the pan.

In the same pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the lemon slices and sear until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan. Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off the excess and reserving the marinade. Working in batches, sear the chicken, skin side down, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to another plate.

Pour the broth into the pan, stirring to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom. Stir in the reserved marinade and add the chicken and any juices. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 40 minutes.

Add the olives, the reserved lemon slices and the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the pan with the chicken. Cover and simmer until the chicken is falling-off-the-bone tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Garnish the stew with chopped cilantro and parsley and serve immediately.

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Pappardelle in Saffron Cream

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Photo Credit: Anna Williams

 

Serves 2

Ingredients:
Kosher salt, to taste
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 small shallot, minced
Pinch of saffron threads
2/3 cup heavy cream
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces dried pappardelle pasta
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
2 Tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and saffron and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the cream, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; increase the heat to medium high and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Remove 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce. Add the reserved cooking water, the Parmesan and half of the chives and toss to coat. Serve topped with the lemon zest, remaining chives and more cheese.

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Roast Chicken with Carrots and Figs

Hanukkah, a festival commemorating deliverance from religious oppression and the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, is a beloved Jewish holiday.

Traditional Hanukkah dishes ring in the Festival of Lights with  family favorites like braised brisket, crispy latkes, fresh doughnuts and a roast chicken dinner.

This dish has a complex of sweet, spicy and tart flavors that will excite your taste buds and leave your guest wanting more.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 lemon, plus 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2½ teaspoons kosher salt, more for pot
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1½ Tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons honey
1 bay leaf
½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
One 4-pound chicken, cut into eight pieces
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2/3 cup sliced figs
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup white wine
3 cups carrots,  sliced ¼-inch thick

For the Glaze:
2 Tablespoons orange marmalade or apricot preserves
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

For Garnish:
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ cup  toasted pine nuts

Directions:
Quarter the lemon lengthwise, removing any seeds. Thinly slice crosswise into small wedges and add to small pot of boiling, salted water. Blanch for two minutes and drain. Reserve the lemon wedges.

In a saucepan, whisk together lemon juice, orange juice, oil, mustard, honey, salt, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Let cool.

Put chicken in a bowl and add honey mixture. Add carrots, onion, dates, thyme and blanched lemon slices. Turn mixture several times to coat. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or overnight for  in the refrigerator, for best results.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Transfer all ingredients, including marinade, to a sheet pan with a rim or a glass baking dish. Chicken should be skin side up. Roast until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes for breasts and 30 to 40 for legs and wings.

Mix the marmalade and vinegar together and brush over the chicken. Roast for an additional 5 minutes to set the glaze. Let the chicken rest for 30 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Deglaze the pan with white wine and scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the carrots to the pan and stir; if the bottom of the pan  still looks, dry add 2 to 3 tablespoons water. Continue roasting the carrots until they are tender, about seven to 12 minutes longer.

To serve family style, arrange the pieces chicken on a large platter.Spoon carrots over chicken and top with parsley, scallions and a sprinkling of  pine nuts.

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Quince and Cherry Compote

This fruity compote can also be served with pancakes or waffles or even as a topping for a slice of pound cake. If quinces are unavailable, substitute crisp Bosc pears. They will make a fine alternative to quinces here, and they only need to cook for 20 minutes. Be sure to taste the compote before serving; you may need to stir in a little more sugar, depending on the ripeness of the fruit.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
For the Compote:
1 quince, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 cup apple juice
2 Honey Crisp apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup fresh cherries
2 Tablespoons honey
Zest and the juice of 1/2 a lemon

For the Pancakes:
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter; more for serving
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
Vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions:
To make the compote:To a saucepan, add the quince, sugar, salt, cinnamon stick and apple juice. Bring to a simmer and cook over moderately low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in the apples, cherries, cranberries, honey, the lemon zest and the lemon juice and cook, stirring until the fruit is tender, but not completely broken down. Cook for about 5 additional minutes and remove for the heat. Set the compote aside and let cool.

To make the pancakes: Heat the oven to 200°F. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove and set aside to cool briefly.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk and eggs. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk gently until the dry ingredients are almost incorporated; stop before the batter is evenly moistened. Add the cooled melted butter and mix just until the batter is evenly moistened. The batter will be lumpy Let the batter rest while you heat the griddle.

Heat a griddle or a large skillet over medium heat (or set an electric griddle to 375°F) until drops of water briefly dance on the surface before evaporating. Lightly oil the griddle. Working in batches, pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Let cook undisturbed until bubbles rise to the surface and the edges look dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Check the underside of each pancake to make sure it’s nicely browned; then flip. Cook until the second side is nicely browned, about 1 minute more. Transfer the pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve hot fruit compote and maple syrup.

Cook’s Notes:
Cooked pancakes will keep, sealed in freezer bags, for up to 2 days in the refrigerator and up to 1 month in the freezer. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes.

Baked Chicken Kev

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Chicken Kiev is considered “the pinnacle of Russian cooking.”
The dish has traditionally been considered Ukrainian in origin since its name comes from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. However, the Russian food historian William Pokhlebkin claimed that Chicken Kiev was invented in the St. Petersburg Merchants’ Club in the early 20th century as Novo-Mikhailovsky Cutlet, and was subsequently renamed Chicken Kiev (котлета по-киевски, kotleta po-kiyevski, lit. ‘Kiev-style cutlet’) by a Soviet restaurant.

The original Chicken Kiev has a bone that sticks out like a handle, and is for presentation purposes only. When eaten, the first cut into the chicken releases a flavorful stream of hot butter which makes the chicken incredibly tender.

This recipe is a modern version of the Russian Tea Room’s recipe, having omitted the bone, using skinless chicken breasts. Like with any recipe, this dish takes a little bit of preparation and some practice to get the technique just right, but it will be well worth it when you serve it on special occasions for family and friends at the dinner table.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 Tablespoons parsley, chopped (fresh if possible)
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
4 Tablespoons flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups Japanese Panko breadcrumbs
Fresh parsley sprigs, for garnish
Lemon slices, for garnish

Directions:
In a medium bowl, mash or cream together 8 tablespoons of softened butter with 1 garlic clove minced, 1 tbs lemon juice, 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Shape into a log ¾” thick, cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer, for 15 minutes, but over night will yield the best results.

Pat dry the chicken. Remove the tenderloins from the chicken breasts.Place the chicken between two pieces of wa paper or plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or a rolling pin, carefully pound them to ⅛” thick. Remove the wax paper and sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.

Divide the compound butter evenly between the chicken breasts and carefully roll up and secure with kitchen twine.

Coat the chicken in the flour, dip in the beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs, pressing firmly to make sure they stick. Return to the freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F.

Bake the chicken for 30 to 40 minutes or until the outside is golden and crisp.

To serve, plate the chicken and drizzle a bit of the butter sauce over it before serving. Garnish with lemons slices and fresh parsley sprigs.

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Pollo Al Carbon (Marinated Chicken Kabobs)

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From Heather Thomas

“The Essential Mexican Cookbook”, 1995

Ingredients:
Juice of 2 limes or lemons
1 Tablespoon honey
1 green chilli, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
6 chicken breasts
For the avocado sauce:
1 large avocado, peeled, stoned and mashed
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large tomato, skinned and chopped
2  scallions, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
Seeds of 1 pomegranate

Directions:
Make the marinade:squeeze the lime or lemon Juice into a large bowl and mix in the honey, chopped chilli and olive oil, until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Bone and skin the chicken breasts and cut the flesh into large chunks. Add to the marinade and stir gently until thoroughly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Thread the chicken on to wooden skewers and brush with the marinade. Place under a preheated hot grill or cook on a barbecue, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked, tender and golden brown. Brush the kebabs with more marinade if necessary.

Meanwhile, make the avocado sauce: blend the olive oil and vinegar together in a bowl and then beat in the mashed avocado until thick and smooth. Stir in the chopped tomato and scallions, and then the sour cream. Serve the kebobs accompanied by a mound of avocado sauce, scattered with pomegranate seeds.

Crispy Tuscan Chicken with Lemon Salsa Verde

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Inspired by a chicken dish served with  lemons and capers at the Ristorante Masolino in Panicale, Italy,  this version is marinated over night and served with a charred herbed lemon sauce that can also be an excellent accompaniment to roasted fish or grilled root vegetables.

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
For the chicken:
12 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
24 sage leaves
16 garlic cloves—6 cut into 4 slices each, the rest gently smashed and peeled
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 slices
Strips of zest from 2 lemons
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon chopped thyme
1 Tablespoon chopped oregano
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Kosher salt, to taste
12 fresh bay leaves

For the Salsa Verde:
1 lemon, cut into 1/2-inch slices and seeded
1 Tablespoon plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped oregano
1/4 cup chopped mint
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup  grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, crushed
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 cup baby arugula

Directions:
To prepare the chicken, run your fingers under the skin of each chicken thigh to create a pocket. Stuff each pocket with 2 sage leaves, 2 slices of garlic and 1 slice of butter. Transfer the stuffed thighs to a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir the lemon zest strips with the smashed garlic, olive oil, chopped herbs and crushed red pepper. Pour the mixture over the chicken and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Meanwhile make the salsa verde by preheating  the oven to 450°F. On a baking sheet, toss the lemon slices with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Spread the lemon slices in an even layer and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, until charred on the bottom. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes. Chop the slices into 1/4 -inch pieces. Leave the oven on.

In a mortar, mash the basil, oregano, mint, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts with the chopped garlic, and the 1 teaspoon of salt until a smooth paste forms. Slowly drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil, stirring to create a sauce. Stir in the chopped lemon.

Heat a very large ovenproof skillet. Season the chicken thighs evenly with 4 teaspoons of salt; reserve the lemon zest and smashed garlic from the marinade. Arrange the chicken thighs skin side down in the skillet and cover with another large skillet or pot weighted down with a few heavy cans. Cook the chicken over moderate heat until the skin is golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes.

Remove the weight and turn the chicken. Scatter the reserved lemon zest and garlic and the bay leaves, if using, among the thighs. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Discard the bay leaves. Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve with the salsa verde and scatter with arugula.