One of my favorite dishes growing up was my Mom's soy sauce marinated chicken thighs. So juicy and magical - now that I'm older it makes me LOL how easy they are to make, and how I didn't have a clue back then. I basically thought she slaved away in the kitchen all day while we were at school in order to have this all prepared - because the taste is that GOOD!
Now a days, I like to cut up the thighs before I marinate, and I also added honey, garlic and scallions to the marinate and it always turns out perfecto!
Holy Balls. That is all.
Buffalo chicken was basically my first love. I'm so into anything that's flavored buffalo and my go-to at restaurants is usually something buffalo-chickeny. My dad recently started a low-carb diet and asked me if I could make my cauliflower crust pizza-- little did he know I would be setting this master piece down in front of him at the dinner table.
So in my initial instagram post I said that I used 3 eggs instead of 2 while assembling the dough for this pizza crust. It made the cauliflower crust sooooo much more pizza-like!! The texture and tasted resembled regular dough so much more than ever before which awesome because my favorite thing is tricking my tastebuds into eating healthier. The "ranch" is made out of a combination of skim milk and greek yogurt with tons of garlic/onion powder, dill, and some other seasonings so I'll tell you how to make healthy ranch as well!!
Here's the link to finding my cauliflower pizza crust recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Up until now I've always used pancake batter to deep fry things and today I took a different route which has opened a new door to a whole new world of deep frying. I read online that cornstarch works nicely with deep frying for a more crispy texture. Literally--the best crispy chicken I've tasted in a while. I also used baking powder and baking soda which made the batter texture a bit less doughy than pancake mix batter. My sister was dipping the chicken nugs into ketchup but I was all about the sweet and sour sauce. I bet it would be really good dipped in sweet chili sauce too. Please make some and be sure to buy a lot of chicken breast when you do!!
True story: I sliced up my little habanero pepper and licked my finger (because I've never worked with them before and I'm an idiot/badass). I literally felt like I was right there with Harry and Lloyd when they tried the spicy peppers at the diner in the film Dumb and Dumber. My mom found me freaking out in the kitchen and after she was done laughing she told me that most people wear gloves when cutting and handling such spicy peppers. Soooooooo, please be careful!!
I am so addicted to flavors that are a combination of sweet and spicy! I decided to attempt to make a chicken wing sauce using the sweet flavor of mangos and brown sugar as well as the spicy zing of habanero peppers and chili powder. It turned out to be bomb.com so here's the recipe and please use less pepper things if you aren't a fan of spice.
Cutting carbs is so hard! The first time I did a low carb diet I realized that you have to get super creative with recipe ideas.
If you want to add more flavor to this meal you could marinate the chicken fingers overnight in the balsamic, or just a simple mixture of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
I'm definitely going through a balsamic phase, I love the unique tangy flavor combined with goat cheese. These are soooo easy to make, and you can substitute different kinds of cheese and marinade if you want.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serving size: 8 chicken roll ups
Confession #1: I hate the smell of ginger. Confession #2: I LOVE the smell of ginger combined with scallions and garlic. All of these fresh ingredients combined are so potent, and extremely flavorful; each one has it's own unique/strong taste, I love it! So these meatballs remind me of the stuffing inside of a dumpling... they have that Asian zing from the ginger, garlic, and scallion, and they are also very juicy. These are so fun because they don't taste like any other kind of meatball!
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Do you know how uncool it is to be allergic to avocados? "It's the good kind of fat", says everyone, and I have to miss out on it. Maybe that's the secret to Chrissy Teigen's perfect figure. I remember watching her share her recipe on The Chew, and immediately wanted to try because I LOVE chicken drums/thighs since they are so much juicier and more flavorful than chicken breast.
The combo of flavors in the recipe is unreal. Garlic, cilantro and green onion, BBQ, chipotle, adobo, lime, brown sugar, and sweet mango! The best part is you can taste every single one of them with each bite, there is an insane amount of flavor.
When Chrissy says there's a difference between 'spicy' and 'Bangkok spicy', she's not lying! I only used one can of ancho chili peppers in adobo sauce and the steam from the marinaide actually and literally burned my nostrils when I was washing out the food processor. Anyways, the point of this rant is to warn those who are spice sensitive! ;)
PS--My whole kitchen REEKS of chipotle-garlicky goodness, and I never want it to go away.
Tips & Tricks:
- HERBY SAUSAGE GRAVY GRILLED CHEESE
- THE BEST CREAMY TOMATO SAUCE
- MANGO HABANERO WINGS (!)
- LASAGNA CARBONARA STACKERS
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