Dina's Favorite Recipes

Easy Asian and Fusion recipes for everyday home cooking.

Apricot Sweet Soy Chicken

Makes 4 Chicken Quarters Ingredients 4 chicken leg quarters 6 tablespoons sweet soy sauce 4 tablespoons plum sauce 4 tablespoons apricot jam or preserves 3 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste   Method Place the chicken legs in a
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Baked Spinach & Mozzarella Chicken

This is one of those dishes that both grown-ups and kids love. Preparation couldn’t be easier or quicker. I love this dish for the fact that you get three in one: protein, vegetables and dairy. With absolutely no oil for cooking and using skim cheese,
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Banjar Chicken Steak

Long after colonial occupiers have left their subjects as independent states, their influences continue to surface as part of colloquial life. Such has been the relationship between Indonesia and its previous occupants- the Dutch. Banjar Chicken Steak is as easy as they come, also as
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Basic Chicken Stock

Makes ~15 cups of stock Ingredients 20 cups water 2 lbs chicken, skinless, bone-in 20 cloves garlic, smashed 5 shallots, peeled and cut in half 2 large onions, roughly chopped 2 celery stalks, cut in halves 2 carrots, ends trimmed and cut in halves 4
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Brown Sugar Chicken

For a yummy, super fast and easy stir-fry, you can’t get better than this. You can even pre-marinate the chicken and keep it in a properly sealed container in the fridge for a few days, stir-frying only what you’ll eat that day. Serves 4 Ingredients
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Chef Chu’s Roasted Duck & Apricot Gin Doi

Makes 14 Pieces Ingredients 3 1/2 ounces finely diced roast duck (about 3/4 cup) 3 tablespoons finely diced dried apricots 2 tablespoons minced garlic chives 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper Gin Doi Dough 2 cups glutinous rice
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Chicken & Vegetable Skewers- Easy Asian Appetizers

Easy Asian Appetizers- Chicken & Vegetable Skewers Maybe I’m biased but I think a party isn’t a party without Asian appetizers in the mix and skewering meats and veggies are one of the easiest ways to have fun flavors while still eating healthy. The spicy
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Chicken Green Bean Stir-Fry

Chicken & Green Bean Stir-Fry Serves 2 to 3 as a main course served with rice Ingredients 2 small to medium sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes 2 heaping cups green beans, ends trimmed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 1 tablespoon
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps For years I’ve avoided putting up a recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps mainly because I felt this is one of the most overrated dishes in Asian restaurants in the West. From Chinese to Thai restaurants, I found this dish to be overpriced
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Chicken Makhani

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 ¾ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast  chopped into chunks(substitute chicken thigh or combination) 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 8 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 shallots, finely minced 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced 1/3 white or yellow onion, diced 3
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Chicken Rice Porridge aka Congee or Juk

Chicken Rice Porridge aka Congee or Juk This hearty rice porridge, also known as Congee in Singapore and northern Asia or Juk in Korea, is a fusion of Chinese and Indonesian flavors and techniques, one that is often eaten when feeling a cold coming on as well
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Chicken Satay- Easy Asian Appetizers

Easy Asian Appetizers- Chicken Satay Many nations in Asia have a version of Satay but here’s my favorite recipe for this scrumptious chicken on skewers. If you have an outdoor grill, you’ll definitely produce the most authentic flavors but nonetheless, you can oven roast the
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Chicken Teriyaki Linguine

The fusion of Japanese and Italian flavors here are a sure-fire hit with everybody. Even kids who are usually picky about eating anything that resembles vegetables gobble this entire dish down because of its flavors. Allowing the chicken to marinate for just a little while
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Chicken Tortellini in Classic Tomato Sauce

It’s the sauce that makes this dish memorable and while this classic tomato sauce does take some time and effort, you can make it in large quantities to save and freeze for later use. To make things easier, I used store-bought fresh chicken stuffed tortellini.
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Chicken with Apricots

The Parsi community of India is of Persian descent. When the Parsis fled Iran in the 10th century, they settled on India’s west coast, where they managed to preserve not only their religious traditions – they are Zoroastrians – but many of their culinary traditions
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Crispy Chicken with Curried Butternut Squash

Serves 4 Ingredients 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon garlic powder Olive oil to coat the bottom of a skillet For the Squash Sauce 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup water 1/3
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Crispy Chicken with Gnocchi

Crispy Chicken with Gnocchi Don’t be daunted by the number of ingredients or steps; this recipe is actually pretty simple and the incredible bursts of vibrant flavors is well worth the 20 or so minutes it takes to prepare. Shuttling back and forth between Asia
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Crispy Fried Chicken

Easy Crispy Fried Chicken Ingredients 8 chicken pieces (mixed assortment of breasts, legs and wings) 2 cups coconut milk 4 tablespoons garlic powder (half for wet mixture + half for dry mixture) 2 tablespoons onion powder (half for wet mixture + half for dry mixture)
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Crispy Lime Chicken

Crispy Lime Chicken This delicious, umami-inducing Crispy Lime Chicken has become one of my go-to recipes that is out of this world popular with family and friends. Whether you want to follow the recipe here using sous-vide cooking method, which results in a very juicy,
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Garlic Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Serves 4 Ingredients 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½ inch slices (1 large breast should yield about 6 to 8 slices) 12 to 16 pieces bacon (1 bacon per slice of chicken) 12 cloves garlic, thinly sliced For the Sauce 2 tablespoons
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Garlic Chicken

My two favorite ingredients- garlic and chicken. This is a match made in heaven. Using classic Chinese ingredients, I take the traditional dish a step further by adding loads more fresh minced garlic at the end, rather than stir-frying the garlic at the onset of
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Gochujang Glazed Chicken with Brie

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast or 6 to 8 thighs 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons honey 1 ½ tablespoons Gochujang pepper paste ¼ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons orange juice ½ cup olive oil + for cooking 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/3
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Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Here’s a soup that will pep up anybody who needs a little comfort and warmth. Instead of using long noodles though, I like to substitute shorter pastas such as penne or rotini you don’t need to worry about using a fork and spoon to eat
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Honey Soy Chicken Wings- Best Chicken Wings Recipe

Honey Soy Chicken Wings All kinds of chicken wings abound in the culinary world- fried and crispy, buffalo drenched, spicy and savory… the list goes on. In this best chicken wing recipe, I decided to celebrate the ooey gooey kind of sticky sweet and savory
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Javanese Sugar & Mustard Chicken

Javanese Sugar & Mustard Chicken Many of my friends who are parents of young children are always asking me for recipe ideas that the entire family will love and that are easy to prepare. This roast chicken recipe is as easy as it gets with
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Korean Chicken with Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Korean Chicken with Sugar Snap Pea Salad Korean grilled meats are a great way to get your protein without much added fat or calories. It’s all in the marinating. Here’s a traditionally flavored Korean chicken paired with tangy and savory Balsamic dressed Sugar Snap Peas.
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Lemongrass Chicken Soft Tacos

Lemongrass Chicken Soft Tacos In my quest to create delicious Asian Fusion appetizers, I married Asian and Latin flavors for this Lemongrass Chicken Soft Tacos. It really is mind boggling how many ingredients the Asian and South American regions have in common, which explains why
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Lemongrass Chicken Wraps

These wraps are one of the best recipes to use during a small get together with family and friends as the fun of creating your own wrap draws everybody together. Though this chicken wrap recipe does require a few ingredients, they’re all simple and easy
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LKK Black Bean Garlic Chicken Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee black bean garlic sauce 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 pound romaine lettuce, rinsed and roughly chopped 3 tablespoons oil 1/2 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced 1/2 red bell
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LKK Hoisin Turkey Salad

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 ounces mayonnaise 8 ounces cooked turkey 8 ounces shell pasta (cooked as per box directions) 1 small red bell pepper diced into small cubes 1 ounce dried cranberries 4 ounces green seedless grapes cut in half Pinch of salt Freshly ground
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LKK Thai Chicken Wings

Serves 4 Ingredients 2 pounds chicken wings rinsed and patted dry with paper towel 2 tablespoons water 4 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee premium soy sauce 4 teaspoons chicken bouillion powder 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup Lee Kum Kee Thai sweet chili sauce 1 teaspoon
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Panko Chicken Tenders

Chicken fingers are a classic childhood favorite but there’s no reason we can’t dress it up a bit to tantalize the child in every adult. In this easy recipe, I use Japanese panko bread crumbs, which gives the chicken tenders a beautiful crunchy texture that
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Pepper Chicken with Mango Salad

Slow braising the chicken creates such a buttery tender texture which marries beautifully with the sweet and tangy mangos. Reduced balsamic vinegar adds just the perfect touch of acidity to contrast the warmth of the dish, along with the bright accents of fresh mint. This
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Roast Chicken Quinoa Salad

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped 2 handfuls Arugula 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/3 large red onion, finely diced  2 cups cooked Quinoa Sea salt for sprinkling 4 cups chopped boneless roast chicken (I use
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Savory Basil Chicken

Thai stir-fries is one of the most versatile, nutritious and flavorful of all stir-fries. Basil Chicken incorporates a variety of fresh vegetables, making this dish a beautiful feast for all the senses. With easy preparations, you can make a large batch of this dish and
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Seared Chicken with Raspberry Sauce

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped + a few leaves for garnish 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons olive oil For the Sauce 1 cup fresh raspberries 1/2 cup
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Spicy Minced Chicken

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 lb finely minced chicken 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 cloves garlic, finely minced 3 to 4 red bird’s eye chili peppers, finely chopped 1/3 large onion, thinly sliced Juice of 1 lime (~3 to 4 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1/2
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Steamed Ginger Chicken

Here’s my take on a Singaporean favorite. Except for a touch of sesame oil, this chicken uses absolutely no oil in the cooking process. Steaming infuses the heat of the ginger and results in a juicy and tender chicken. This is best served with warm
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Sweet’n Spicy Fried Chicken

As someone who loves to eat flavorful but healthful foods, I allow myself certain indulgences every now and then. Crispy, savory fried chicken is one of my ultimate favorite indulgences. Sometimes, when I’m too lazy to make homemade fried chicken, admittedly, I will buy from
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Tamarind Chicken Stew

There are days when you just don’t feel like cooking something elaborate or complicated and this chicken stew is exactly made for those days. Putting tender chunks of chicken together with a few vegetables and sauces creates a one pot meal. It’s easy; it’s comforting
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Tandoori Chicken

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 lbs chicken pieces, bone-in (mix of legs, thighs and breasts) 2 cups plain yogurt 4 cloves garlic, smashed and finely minced 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons Garam Masala spice mix
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Teriyaki Chicken Quesadillas

Teriyaki Chicken Quesadillas I absolutely adore creating fusion recipes that bring flavors and ingredients from Asia and Latin America together. These Teriyaki Chicken Quesadillas are super easy to prepare and require little time; they’re great fun for kids to make as well. Sweet and savory
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Thai Chicken Curry

Thailand is synonymous with curry and each region of the country has its distinctive version. This version of Chicken Curry is a classic that can be found throughout Thailand, using typical ingredients and simple techniques. People have a huge misconception that to prepare an intoxicatingly
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Thai Chicken Salad

Here’s a quick and easy salad recipe that is as flavorful and nutritious as you can get. With absolutely no oil and nothing but fresh ingredients that are filled with powerful antioxidants, cancer fighters and heart disease fighters, you can’t find a more explosively vibrant
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Turkey Curry

In America, both Thanksgiving and Christmas are holidays that have become synonymous with turkey. Most people who host holiday dinners inevitably are left with turkey leftovers for what feels like forever. What to do with these leftovers once you’ve gone through the typical gamut of
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