Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps

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Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps
 
Found this recipe in my cookbook by Food & Wine. My husband devoured 12 of them! So delicious and fairly easy to make. Using chicken thighs are a must for this recipe.
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat and cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 3 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass, tender white inner bulb only, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus ⅓ cup leaves for serving
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint, plus ⅓ cup leaves for serving
  • 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 head Boston or red leaf lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 small seedless cucumber—peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 avacados sliced
  • Asian chili sauce, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Position a rack in the top third of the oven. In a food processor, pulse the chicken until coarsely ground; transfer to a bowl. Add the fish sauce, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, chopped cilantro and mint, cornstarch, salt and pepper and mix with your hands.
  2. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the sugar on a plate. (you don’t have to use sugar, great without it too) Using slightly moistened hands, roll the chicken mixture into 1½-inch balls. Roll the meatballs in the sugar until they are evenly coated. Transfer the meatballs to the prepared baking sheet and bake them for 15 minutes, until they are lightly browned and cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange the lettuce, cilantro and mint leaves, cucumber, avacado and onion. Transfer the meatballs to the platter and serve with chili sauce.

 

Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Butternut Squash

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Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Butternut Squash
 
Keralan cuisine is based on the culinary traditions of the region's Christian, Hindu and Muslim communities, and each group puts its own imprint on each recipe. This mildly sweet chicken curry (Nadan Kozhi) is in the style of Syrian-Christian Keralans; cooks from other communities omit the potatoes and squash. Adapted by Food and Wine
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure chile powder, such as pasilla
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 3 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
  • One 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
Instructions
  1. In a small skillet, toast the coriander, chile powder and turmeric over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the water to form a paste.
  2. In a very large, deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in the spice paste, garam masala and black pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the oil separates from the paste, about 2 minutes.
  3. Lightly season the chicken pieces with salt. Add the chicken, diced potato and squash to the skillet and stir to coat with the seasonings. Stir in the coconut milk and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through and the potato and squash are tender, about 25 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a bowl. Season the curry sauce with salt, pour it over the chicken and serve.
  4. SERVE WITH Steamed white rice.