I've been on a big enchilada and salsa kick recently, so I thought to myself: Could I use my pressure cooker to kill two birds with one stone, cooking my chicken and producing an intensely flavored enchilada sauce all at the same time? Turns out it works well. Remarkably well. But it took a little tweaking to get there. Here's how it went down.
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The pressure cooker makes short work of making tender chicken and an intensely flavored sauce—just add the ingredients, and turn it on, no searing or pre-cooking of any kind required. After that, assembling and baking these delicious red chile chicken enchiladas is a snap.
We all have our go-to quick and easy weeknight meals, the dinners we'd never serve company but are happy to scarf down by ourselves. Cooking a "real" dinner just doesn't always seem worth it after a long day of work. But sitting down to a satisfying meal in an hour or less doesn't have to look like yet another stir-fry or a wan, dry chicken breast. In fact, it doesn't have to look like any one thing at all. From curried noodle soups to flavor-packed curries, we've got 24 easy chicken recipes to shake things up.
Here's a secret: Technique-based cooking, as opposed to recipe-based cooking, is the key to really expanding your weeknight dinner options and freeing yourself to experiment in the kitchen. This juicy chicken with an intense bourbon and mustard pan sauce is living proof of that. Let me demonstrate.
Pan-roasted chicken with pan sauce—like this one flavored with bourbon and whole grain mustard—is the ultimate weeknight staple. It's inexpensive, delicious, and takes less than half an hour from start to finish. Throw a great simple mixed green salad on the side, and you've got yourself one of my all-time favorite meals.
Pan-roasted chicken with pan sauce—like this one flavored with fresh rosemary and lemon—is the ultimate weeknight staple. It's inexpensive, delicious, and takes less than half an hour from start to finish. Throw a great simple mixed green salad on the side, and you've got yourself one of my all-time favorite meals.
Pan-roasted chicken with pan sauce—like this one flavored with fresh rosemary and lemon—is the ultimate weeknight staple. It's inexpensive, delicious, and takes less than half an hour from start to finish.
When you think of delicious bar-food-style chicken wings, Buffalo wings are most likely the first thing to come to mind. You might even think of grilled wings, basted with a tangy barbecue sauce. But you almost definitely don't think of baked wings, and I'd bet good money that strawberries and avocados aren't even remotely on your radar. After one batch of these wings, though, that just might change.
A simple oven-frying technique using baking powder gives these wings all of the traditional crispness of deep-fried ones with far less mess. Juicy strawberries bring sweetness to the sauce, while chipotle peppers round it out with heat and smokiness. Paired with creamy avocado-blue cheese dip and sprinkled with poppy seeds, there's no shortage of flavor or texture here!
The Food Lab: Why Chicken With Pan Sauce Is Always Better at Restaurants (and How to Make Yours Just as Good at Home)
It wasn't until I got my first gig cooking in restaurants that it really struck me exactly what a pan sauce is supposed to taste like: rich and smooth, glossy and brightly flavored, and leaving a streak of white plate that slowly closes as you swiped each bite through it. So what does a restaurant kitchen have that I was missing back home, and more importantly, how can you get the same results? Here's the answer.
This recipe and technique uses powdered gelatin as the secret ingredient for perfect restaurant-quality pan-seared chicken and pan sauce flavored with white wine, shallots, and fresh herbs.
An airline chicken breast, also known as a Statler chicken breast or a Chicken suprême is a chicken breast with the first joint of the wing still attached. If I'm serving a whole chicken breast, I prefer airline breasts over regular boneless breasts both for the presentation factor (that bone sticking out just looks so cool), and for the juicier meat it delivers. Here's how to cut an airline chicken breast from a whole chicken.
Some people like sinkers, some people like floaters. Here at Serious Eats, we're equal opportunity matzo-ballers, so we're laying out everything you need to know to get the matzo balls of your dreams. Best part, it's ridiculously easy.
Some people like sinkers, some people like floaters. Here at Serious Eats, we're equal opportunity matzo-ballers, so we're giving a recipe that lets you choose the matzo balls of your dreams. Best part, it's ridiculously easy.
A staple of Ashkenazi Jewish cooking, schmaltz made from rendered chicken fat takes some time, but pays off by adding tons of flavor to dishes like chopped liver and matzo balls.
Part of being a good cook is being able to pull off show-stopping centerpiece dishes that require lots of work and planning. Another part, though, is knowing how to be creative with limited ingredients and time. Here's one recipe to add to your in-a-pinch arsenal: soubise sauce.
Soubise, an old-school French sauce classically made by pureeing softened onions with bechamel, is a great pairing for all sorts of roasted meats, like the roast chicken here. In this more modern version, it's simplified and lightened by using cream in place of the bechamel, then flavored with curry powder or vadouvan, a French variation on curry powder with garlic and shallots.
I didn't grow up with Filipino arroz caldo, a congee-like rice and chicken soup, but once my wife introduced it to me, I was hooked. Now it's a mainstay in my recipe rotation, and I turn to it just as often as chicken soup for warming me physically and emotionally. Here's how I make it.
Arroz caldo is a hearty Filipino congee made with chicken and rice and seasoned with onion, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce and topped with crunchy fried garlic. The result is a quick, comforting bowl that's a perfect wintertime meal (and rivals chicken soup for its ability to sooth those suffering from a cold).
Like all classic chicken cordon bleu recipes, this dip includes chicken, Swiss cheese, and ham, but those ingredients, plus herbs, wine, and cream cheese, are reconfigured here into an indulgent crowd-pleaser.