Chicken Biryani

For a house warming gift, my boyfriend Jeremiah’s sister bought us a box of food from Hello Fresh. She was telling us about it a few months back because her mother-in-law had bought them some as a Christmas gift. If you aren’t familiar with it, they are one of those companies where they ship you all the ingredients to make a couple of recipes. The focus is on fresh ingredients.

With Hello Fresh, you can select from 2 or 4 servings. They have two boxes to chose from – regular or vegetarian. Each comes with three recipes and all the ingredients you need to prepare those recipes (except oil, salt, and pepper). Each of the three recipes comes in its own individual box. At the bottom of the large box is all the fresh meat. All the recipes have similar ingredients. That means sense from a cost prospective. They also work it so you can reuse ingredients like chicken stock concentrate to cook peas and make gravy. They are pretty simple recipes and often increase less common ingredients like ginger, golden raisins, and parsnips. All the recipes called frying the meat. Since this isn’t how we normally cook our meat, we modified this recipe by baking the chicken.

This particular recipe had fresh peas in it. I hate peas. Jeremiah asked if I wanted to not include them. They looked very fresh so I said we could include them. I decided if I hated them, I could always pick them out. That’s normally what I do with fried rice. To my surprise, I did not hate them in this recipe and ate all of them. I think the sweetness of the golden raisins helped. I’m sharing this recipe because it was the most complex and flavorful of the recipes we prepared. We kept the recipe because Jeremiah wants to make it again. Although this recipe was supposed to be just two servings, we ended up with a lot of extra rice. We ended up added preparing a little more roasted chicken breast and getting two more servings out of it. The leftovers were pretty good too.

If you would like to check them out for yourself, I did see a Groupon for them last week. I’m not sure if it is still available but I think you were able to get a two serving box of three recipes for $40 – or about $6.50 per serving.

Chicken BiryaniCrispy Chicken Biryani by Hello Fresh
2 Chicken Thighs (bone in, skin on)
¾ c. Basmati rice
4 oz. fresh peas
1 red onion
1 plum tomato
1 lime
1 jalapeno
1 ginger root
2 cloves of garlic
¼ oz. cilantro
1 oz. golden raisins
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garam masala
1 packet of chicken stock concentrate
1 tsp. oil

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Coat a pan with oil and cook chicken. Meanwhile, prep remaining ingredients. Dice the onion and tomato. Peel and grate the ginger. Mince the garlic. Cut jalapeno (remove seeds for less spice). Chop cilantro. Slice lime into wedges. Remove chicken from pan but leave the leave the oil in the pan. Add onion and jalapeno to pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Then, add garlic, ginger, garam masala, and cumin. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomato, rice, raisins, chicken stock, and 1 ¾ c. water to the pan. Season the pan with dash of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 12-14 minutes. Stir in peas. Cook uncovered for 3-5 additional minutes. Squeeze with a few lime wedges and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with remaining lime wedges.

Turkey Chili

I helped my boyfriend make this recipe for a chili contest at work. I’m not going to lie, it did take over an hour to make with two of dicing and mixing. The fresh ingredients smelled every time you opened my door for the next few days.

Although the judges did not award him first prize, Jeremiah definitely won the people’s choice award coming home with an empty crockpot and lots of coworkers inquiring about the recipe.

Turkey ChiliTurkey Chili by Jeremiah Slater
1 T. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground turkey, cooked
2 cans white beans, undrained
½ c. white wine
½ c. chicken stock
2 jalapeno peppers, de-seeded
1 ½ c. chopped onion
3 garlic cloves
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground ginger
1 bay leaf
1 ½ c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
2 T. lime juice

Optional
Fresh basil
Fresh parsley
Fresh cilantro

Heat olive oil and cook onion is translucent. Stir in garlic, oregano, cumin, and ginger. Cook for 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and white wine. Add bay leaf. Cook uncovered for 5-8 minutes to reduce. Stir in turkey, beans, and jalapeno. (Add in optional chopped fresh herbs.) Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce to lowand beginning stirring in cheese a half cup at a time. Once melted, add salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

Giving Thanks

Yesterday, my co-workers and I hosted a special thank you luncheon for our Komen Kansas City volunteers. These women and men are some of the most passionate volunteers I have ever worked with. It was just our little way of saying “thank you” for your ongoing commitment to ending breast cancer.

The following is a recipe I made for the first time for this Thanksgiving themed meal. A few of our volunteers requested this recipe for pumpkin bread pudding. I found it a few weeks ago in the coupon section of the paper. I had to go to C&H Sugar’s website to get the sauce recipe so I’ll provide you with both to save you a step.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • 4 cups white bread, cut into cubes (about 7 slices of bread)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used skim milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup C&H® Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon rum or brandy (I substituted vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 13×9 baking pan. Dry bread cubes on cookie sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Place dried bread cubes in sprayed pan. In large mixing bowl, whisk together all pudding ingredients except butter. Pour mixture over bread cubes. Let sit for 10 minutes to make sure bread is fully soaked. Dab butter over top. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Pudding should be set in center, but not dry. When baking, pudding edges will puff up higher on the sides, but will deflate once it’s removed from the oven.

Crème Anglaise Sauce

  • 1 cup milk (I used skim milk)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoons ginger, ground
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup C&H® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In small saucepan, bring milk, cream and ginger to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes. In medium mixing bowl, beat yolks with sugar until pale and thick, 3-4 minutes. Strain cream mixture through a fine strainer over egg mixture, discarding ginger and skim from sauce. Stir constantly until blended. Return to saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, just until thickened. Do not boil or sauce may curdle (this happened to me – see Quick Tip). Add vanilla. Pour into small container; cover and chill. Warm sauce before serving over warm bread pudding.

Quick Tip – If sauce curdles (which it did for me), remove from stove and whirl in a blender. As hot liquids tend to splash (and they did for me), be careful the hot sauce does not splash out of the blender while blending.

Note: I used an empty water bottle to pull out the egg yolks. Crack egg in bowl. Invert empty water bottle with air deflated over egg yolk. Release and as air fills bottle it will pull up egg yolk into bottle. To release into recipe, deflate air and yolk will release into your bowl. It wasn’t as simple as it looked on The Today Show but it worked. I would recommend using a bottle with less ridges to make it work right. Dispose of water bottle after doing this. Save egg white for future egg white omelets.