Friday, December 18, 2009

Dinner Possible - Spicy Mint Chicken or...

Here are a couple of weeknight meal ideas.  When I don’t have a lot of time or energy, I find these both easy and satisfying.  And since right now I’m working on a dinner party for Saturday, well, if you’ve been reading then you know that means pre-planning and pre-cooking.

Both of these meals use the same basic ingredients, chicken, snap peas, carrots, and rice. I prefer to serve a floral and flavorful Jasmine rice with these, but you could also just use white or brown rice.  Brown rice takes longer to cook; but it’s better for you because it has more fiber. One complaint I’ve always had about brown rice is its texture,  it always turns out chewy…but I found that by cooking it twice, (actually if you want to get technical,  you cook it once, and then steam it) it gives you get a nice soft brown rice.  And it actually takes less time to cook with this method.  Twice Cooked Brown Rice

Meal Idea #1 - Spicy Mint Chicken
This is a one pot, one stop stir fry.  Once you do the mincing and chopping, about 15 minutes worth of time, the stir fry only takes about 6 – 8 minutes…from the time the chicken hits the pan.  Start your rice when you start your prep and everything should end up done about the same time.  Try this on Ginger-Scented Jasmine Rice.

LindySez: It’s good.

Meal #2 Chinese -Style Baked Chicken Thighs is a very simple recipe using chicken thighs, or you could use legs and thighs if you want.  I know the kids love their chicken legs. They are simply basted and baked with some Hoisin Sauce. Hoisin sauce is basically Chinese barbecue sauce, with a sweet spicy flavor.  Serve these Chinese – Style Baked Chicken Thighs with the Ginger-Scented Jasmine Rice ; take those snow peas and carrots, steam them lightly, toss with a little butter or sesame seed oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top, if you have any.

Dinner Menu #1, goes really nicely with a Viognier, the tropical fruits compliment the sweet mint and slight heat from the jalapeno.   Dinner Menu # 2 goes nicely with a Pinot Noir. The fruit in the Pinot works beautifully with the slightly anise flavors in the 5-Spice as well as the sweet hot of the hoisin.  They both go great with some Jasmine Tea.

LindySez: Cheers to easy!

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