Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

May 11, 2020

Chicken -- it's what's for dinner. To keep things fresh, I've been preparing chicken a variety of ways lately, sautéing white meat for fajitas, air frying dark meat, putting it into pies, baking it... Here are three ways that I've recently prepared chicken. 

 

Filipino Chicken Adobo

 For those of you who don't know, I am half Italian, a quarter Chinese, and a quarter Filipina. My mom often cooked us chicken adobo as I was growing up, so this dish is pure comfort food for me. I tried one other chicken adobo recipe but quickly concluded that Mom's is my favorite. Made with fluffy white jasmine rice, this chicken dish is such a treat. And Jerry loved it. I prefer to use dark meat, but you can use white meat and even pork. I sautéed my chicken legs in lots of garlic, white vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns, a bay leaf, then waited for it to reduce, and added a spoonful of sugar to the sauce at the end. The finished dish is deliciously salty and garlicky with a touch of sweetness. 

 

 

Lemongrass Chicken Burgers with Hoisin Mayo

This photo does not do this Asian-inspired chicken burger justice! The chicken burger is a Blue Apron recipe made with ground chicken, sesame oil, garlic, Sriracha, ginger, lemon grass (lemon zest is a great substitute), and soy sauce. Serve it on a toasted potato bun, top it with cilantro, tomato slices, and hoisin mayo, and dig in. Bye-bye blah chicken burgers, hello, flavor! 

 

 

 

Air Fried Chicken

 

The main reason I wanted an air fryer was for fried chicken and I finally made a batch. First, I marinated my chicken legs (with the skin on) in 1 cup of milk and one tablespoon of lemon juice (a substitute for buttermilk) for a few hours. Then, I coated the legs in cornstarch infused with jerk seasoning. I sprayed the chicken and air fryer with olive oil, then set the air fryer to 390 degrees for 25 minutes and flipped it halfway through. The chicken came out juicy while the skin came out nice and crispy. The seasoning was subtle and yummy. I served my air fried chicken with cauliflower rice and a side of spinach, making this a semi-healthy meal. I am definitely going to make this again. 

 

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