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Yesterday marked the first day of fall. Although the heat is still on and humidity is more stable than ever, this date instantly makes me think about cooler temperatures, fresh air and a light cardigan.

I’ve been looking at recipes lately and I find myself drawn to soups and comfort food. This year, I have come to the decision of making more and more one-pot dinners. I collaborated with Bibayti to create recipes for Happy – the supermarket chain. Here’s a simple and inexpensive chicken and rice (in one pot the whole time, I promise!). Stay tuned for warm food and new recipes throughout the new season!

One of the best things in life is a nice and cozy gathering with friends. Great laughs, future plans, and stories are all shared and everyone feels good. Throw in some food of course and everything becomes excellent. What more can you ask for than friends who drink too much, swear too much and have questionable morals?

So two days ago, on one of those fun gatherings, Guest Chef Khater (check out his past fig jam and brie crispy shells) cooked us his latest creation: a lemony spicy chicken on a bed of noodles. It’s easy to make and you get to enjoy a variety of flavors while you dine!

Here’s what you’ll need (for 4 persons):

– 1 kg of chicken breast, sliced

– The zest of 2 lemons

– The juice of the same 2 lemons

– 3 red chili peppers

– 3 green chili peppers

– Fresh Coriander

– Soy Sauce

– Black pepper

– Fresh ginger

– 200 grams of noodles (any kind you prefer)

– A big wok

– Cooking oil

How to make it:

1) Grate the lemons and set the zest aside, then press all of them

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khater's-chicken-lemon-zest

2) Dice the red and green chili and slice the ginger

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3) Slice the chicken and season it with black pepper and soy sauce

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4) Boil water then cook the noodles in for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside

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5) Heat some cooking oil in a wok. Add the chicken and cook for about 7 minutes. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and cook. Add the vegetables, ginger and fresh coriander and stir often until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Remove from the wok and set aside in a serving platter.

wok

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6) In the same wok, place the noodles, sprinkle with soy sauce and heat for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Set aside in another serving platter. And serve!

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There you have it! Easy, delicious and full of different flavors 🙂 Don’t forget to decorate with fresh coriander leaves.

khater's-chicken-plate

 

I still can’t put a finger on what it is about Asian food that drives me nuts. It might be the soy sauce, the sesame (oil or seeds), or even the mix between sweet and sour. Then again, it might just be the rice. When I found this “light” sesame chicken recipe on Pinterest, I just had to try it. And it was as tasty as I had imagined.

What you’ll need: (For 4 persons)

– Rice (brown or white, 1 cup is fine)

– 600 grams of boneless Chicken (chicken breasts)

– 4 tablespoons of Honey
– 1/4 cup of Soy Sauce
– 2 cloves of Garlic (minced)
– A small piece of Ginger (minced)
– 3 tablespoons of Sesame Seeds
– 3 Egg Whites
– 1/3 cup of Cornstarch
– Salt, Pepper, Cooking oil

How to make it:

1) Cook the rice – boil one cup of basmati rice in 2 cups of water until the water is absorbed by the rice.

2) In a big bowl, whisk the egg whites and cornstarch until they are well combined

3) In a small bowl, whisk the honey, soy, minced garlic and minced ginger, and sesame seeds, until they are well combined

4) After washing the chicken well (click here to learn how to clean chicken), dice the chicken breasts and season them with salt and pepper

5) Heat 1.5 tablespoons of cooking oil in a big pan or wok

6) In batches, coat the chicken pieces in the egg whites and cornstarch mix and then cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked, then place all of the chicken in a platter

7) In the same pan, put the sauce and let it simmer for 5 minutes

8) Add the cooked chicken to the pan with the sauce and mix until everything is combined. Turn off the heat and serve over the rice

You can also add spring onions on top!

And voila!

 

This recipe is easy and healthy (if you’re careful about the quantities of olive oil you’re adding).
What you’ll need:
– Chicken – the quantity of your choice. It can be a whole chicken, it can be chicken legs, or chicken wings, or both. I chose to mix chicken legs and wings.
– The juice of 3 medium sized Lemons
– 8 Garlic cloves, crushed
– Salt, Pepper
– Olive oil
– Potatoes, peeled and diced
1) To make it, you first of all need to clean the chicken. It can be done in no time. Just follow the steps below.
Step 1: Cut one lemon into slices and cover it with vinegar and salt
Step 2: In a bowl, wash the chicken with water 2 times in a row, then remove the water

Step 3: Scrub the chicken with the lemon slices

Now that you’re done washing the chicken:
2) Crush the garlic

3) In a large oven tray, sprinkle olive oil, and place the chicken and the potatoes

4) Pour the lemon juice on top, add the garlic and drizzle olive oil, then add salt and pepper

5) Put the tray in the oven for around 30 minutes or until the chicken is roasted the way you want it to be, and you’re done!
Enjoy it with a nice green salad.