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Soy Sauce Braised Chicken Thighs

Dinner | June 22, 2017 | By

Living in the city of Baltimore, I find it difficult to come across good and real Chinese food. So whenever I return home, I ask my mom to cook my favorite Chinese foods (dumplings, steamed buns, etc.) Growing up, my mom would always cook Chinese food for our family. However, when I started cooking by myself I found it hard to replicate her dishes because I didn’t have a recipe that quantified the ingredients.

Last week when I was home, my mom and I cooked a few of her dishes. We measured out the ingredients together so we could quantify the exact measurements to create a recipe. We cooked several spicy dishes such as fish, chicken, and cold noodles. These recipes require many of the same ingredients, such as ginger, garlic, and soy sauce (the basic staples of Chinese cooking). With these ingredients, you can make a variety of Chinese dishes!

I especially loved the chicken recipe because it was easy and extremely flavorful from all the spices. When I returned to Baltimore, it was one of the first things I cooked. My roommates were all amazed by the delicious smell that filled the room. Because the dish is so flavorful, it can be served with a simple vegetable, such as broccoli, and rice.

Soy Sauce Braised Chicken
Serves 2
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
673 calories
15 g
352 g
35 g
72 g
8 g
484 g
7444 g
2 g
0 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
484g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 673
Calories from Fat 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
54%
Saturated Fat 8g
39%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 352mg
117%
Sodium 7444mg
310%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 2g
Protein 72g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
7%
Iron
33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4-5 chicken thighs
  2. 2 tbsp olive oil
  3. 2 star anise
  4. 1 tsp Chinese peppercorns (optional)
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. 4 slices ginger
  7. 1 cup soy sauce (divided into 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup)
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1 scallion
  10. 2 tbsp Hunan Black Bean Sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mince garlic, slice ginger.
  2. Chop scallion into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Cut chicken thighs into bite-sized cubes. Place into a large bowl.
  4. Add 1/2 cup soy sauce chicken thighs and marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a large pot (or Dutch oven), heat 2 tbsp olive oil to high heat. Add star anise, Chinese peppercorns, ginger and garlic.
  6. When fragrant, add Hunan black bean sauce or other spicy sauces (optional).
  7. Place chicken thighs in the pot. Braise chicken on both sides, stirring occasionally. If the pot is too small for all the chicken, cook 2 batches.
  8. Add the other ½ cup of soy sauce, and stir again.
  9. Add water, cover the pot with a lid and let it simmer on low heat for 10-20 minutes.
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calories
673
fat
35g
protein
72g
carbs
15g
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Drunken Mussels

When I was studying in Europe a few years ago, I was introduced to so many new and delicious dishes (along with truly unique dining experiences). One thing that I fell in love with immediately was mussels drenched in flavorful broth. I even remember the exact restaurant in Copenhagen where I became obsessed with them. Little did I know how easy it was to make such a complex-looking dish on your own.

These drunken mussels are made with garlic, shallot, and white wine. My favorite part is dunking some crusty bread into the soup to sop up all the delicious flavors. The recipe takes less than half an hour to make and barely any work, aka a perfect recipe to impress your friends, family, or someone special 😛

For many students, cooking mussels may be intimidating because seafood is typically expensive and not many people have ever tried to cook mussels. Rest assured because mussels are relatively cheap (about $5/lb) and they take only several minutes to be cooked. One thing to note when dealing with mussels is how to clean debeard them. Serious Eats gives a great tutorial on how to shop for and clean mussels.

Drunken Mussels
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
612 calories
43 g
151 g
25 g
47 g
12 g
306 g
915 g
2 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
306g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 612
Calories from Fat 224
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
39%
Saturated Fat 12g
61%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 151mg
50%
Sodium 915mg
38%
Total Carbohydrates 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 2g
Protein 47g
Vitamin A
24%
Vitamin C
60%
Calcium
11%
Iron
74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  2. 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  3. 2 tsp garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 cup dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
  5. 1 1/2 lb mussels, cleaned and debearded
  6. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  7. 1 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
  8. pinch salt and pepper
  9. 1 lemon, cut into slices
  10. Optional: 1/2 loaf French bread, sliced
Instructions
  1. Add butter to a large pot on medium heat.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add shallots and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the wine and increase the heat to high. Once boiling, add the mussels and cover with lid. Let the mussels cook until they open (about 3 minutes).
  4. Remove lid and add cream. Reduce heat to medium and stir. Cook for another 2 minutes letting the liquid reduce.
  5. Top with parsley, salt and pepper.
  6. Squeeze lemon juice on top before serving.
  7. Optional: Lightly saute both sides of the sliced bread pieces on a medium pan with olive oil.
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calories
612
fat
25g
protein
47g
carbs
43g
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Balsamic Bruschetta

One of my favorite scenes from Julie and Julia, which I have watched about a million times now, is when Julie is making bruschetta for her and her husband. I love watching the French bread sizzling in the pan and her husband’s reaction to how delicious it is. Unlike many of the rich, buttery French dishes that are made in the movie, bruchetta is a light and healthy Italian appetizer.

Bruschetta, although from Italy, reminds me of pan con tomate, a popular Spanish tapa (originally from the Catalonia region). Last summer when I was living in Spain, I ate a looot of pan con tomate, which is just toasted bread with tomato pulp and drizzled olive oil on top. During our daily snack break at work, my coworkers would all order pan con tomate, which was a simple, yet delicious snack. Bruschetta is different in that it uses diced tomatoes instead of tomato pulp. The tomatoes are also tossed with olive oil, basil, garlic, and parmesan cheese.

For this bruschetta, I used heirloom tomatoes – some were dark purple and some bright red. Just adding a little bit of garlic and basil made it so flavorful, but I also used balsamic vinegar to give it a little kick. This yummy appetizer can be whipped up in 15 minutes and doesn’t require any cooking. It is a perfect snack for a hot summer day or hors d’oeuvre for a dinner party.

Balsamic Bruschetta
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
47 calories
4 g
4 g
3 g
2 g
1 g
73 g
102 g
2 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
73g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 102mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  2. 5 leaves fresh basil, roughly chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  5. 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  7. pinch of salt
  8. pinch of pepper
  9. 1/2 loaf French or Italian bread, cut into slices
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, toss all of the ingredients except the bread together.
  2. In a medium pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil on medium-high heat. Toast bread slices on both sides until golden brown.
  3. Top bread with tomato mixture.
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calories
47
fat
3g
protein
2g
carbs
4g
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