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What’s for Dinner: Spicy Chicken Tenders

It was a snowy and cold day today, so for dinner today: I made spicy chicken tenders.  Easy, delicious, warm and comforting! They are kid friendly, but let’s be honest — who doesn’t like chicken tenders when they look and taste something like this??

What I used:

  • Boneless Chicken breasts
  • My standard seasoning mix: salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
  • [Whole] Milk
  • [Pete’s] hot sauce
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Oil, for frying

How I made it:

  1. I had several large pieces of thinned boneless chicken breast, so what I did was I cut them all to a chicken tender size. Long and thin pieces of meat.
  2. To your chicken, add your seasonings – salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Add in milk and eggs before adding in about one cup of hot sauce. I used this amount and you could taste the heat, but it was very tamed — so adjust based on your liking.
  4. In a ziploc bag [for easy clean up], add your flour. To your flour, add in the same seasonings as above – salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Shake well to combine.
  5. In batches, transfer your chicken batter into the ziploc bag with the seasoned flour. Shake well to combine.
  6. Fry your tenders, in batches, until they are golden brown.

Tip: I get asked a lot how I get the crispy and crunchy on the end product so perfectly, and my guess would be ziploc should get the credit for it… that technique coats really well — whether it be chicken, seafood, or whatever you are working with.

I have a few variations on french fries, that would work perfect with these chicken tenders, that you can find my clicking here and scrolling down close to the bottom under Side Dishes!

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What’s for Dinner? The Book Edition

Getting a copy of my published recipe cook “What’s for Dinner? was an amazing feeling.

Ayaz and Faraz had been telling me for several years to publish it, and I actually had most of the work done and saved from a few years ago. So when I decided to go for it, the process was relatively quick and easy for me.

If you follow me on pretty much any social media, you will see that first and foremost I always describe myself as Arham’s Mama. It is who I am and it is what makes me most proud and happiest. This book is no different. It’s for him. I want Arham to know I’ll always be his number one fan in anything he wants to do [as long as it’s in good faith].

Have you picked up your copy of ‘What’s for Dinner?. I’d love to hear feedback. 

Have you tried any of the recipesLet me know what you think!

“What’s for Dinner” is Published

Published!

I’m happy to say that my [first] book of a series of recipes is published and can be found by clicking here.

It is also available directly from Amazon (click here for Amazon link).

The above links I mentioned all are physical copies of the book (paperback), but if you prefer digital books, it is also available as a digital book on the Kindle if you click here.

It is also available as a paperback Amazon Europe too (click here for the Amazon Europe link).

And click here for the Kindle version for Europe.

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and support thus far.

What’s for Dinner: Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

I did another twist on a pull-apart bread that was similar in technique to my Garlic-Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread that I made last week. What I did differently this time was that I used the flavors of garlic knots/garlic bread instead. I essentially used the flavors of my garlic knots recipe.

I used a little less butter this time around.

What I used:

  • 16 frozen dinner rolls
  • 3/4th of a stick of [unsalted] butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of [grated] Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of [shredded] Parmesan cheese

How I made it:

  1. Take sixteen frozen dinner rolls and let it sit in room room temperature for about an hour. After about an hour, cut each of them in half.
  2. Combine your parsley, garlic powder, salt,oregano, and grated parmesan cheese. Mix with the melted butter before tossing it all together with the frozen dinner rolls.
  3. Add in a half cup of  your shredded Parmesan cheese and mix everything well. Make sure all pieces of the frozen dinner rolls are coated well with the butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take a springform pan and line the bottom with all of your coated dinner roll pieces, covering the whole pan.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Season the top with more parsley, oregano and garlic powder.
  7. Next, let your bread rise. At least for an hour and a half to two hours.
  8. When you are ready to bake your pull-apart bread, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake in your preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown [and the middle in completely cooked through].
  10. Serve warm!

It’s one of those things that need to be eaten fresh as soon as it comes out of the oven for the best results, so serve it warm and quickly!

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What’s for Dinner: Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread

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  • 16 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 stick of [unsalted] butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup of [shredded] Parmesan cheese

What I did was:

  1. Take sixteen frozen dinner rolls and let it sit in room room temperature for about 45 minutes to an hour. After about an hour, cut each of them in half.
  2. Combine your parsley, garlic powder, salt, Italian seasoning, and onion powder. Mix with the melted one stick of butter before tossing it all together with the frozen dinner rolls.
  3. Add in a half cup of  your shredded Parmesan cheese and mix everything well. Make sure all pieces of the frozen dinner rolls are coated well with the butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take a springform pan and line the bottom with all of your coated dinner roll pieces, covering the whole pan.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Next, let your bread rise. At least for an hour and a half to two hours.
  7. When you are ready to bake your pull-apart bread, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Bake in your preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown [and the middle in completely cooked through].
  9. Serve warm!

It’s one of those things that need to be eaten fresh as soon as it comes out of the oven for the best results, so serve it warm and quickly!

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What’s for Dinner: Chicken Patties

To ground chicken [you could of course use ground meat instead if you want], add: salt, black pepper, garlic, ginger, and paprika.
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When it’s cooked through and any excess liquid dries up, then: add in fried onion, lemon juice, and mint.

Next, take [thawed] puff pastry sheets. Cut into squares [depending on the size you want], add some chicken filling to one half before folding over the other half of the sheet  to close it. Primp with  a fork to get nice edges if you want!

Finally, brush on egg wash on top.

We make these in batches and freeze them, so they are easy to just bake in the oven when needed.

In a preheated 350 degree oven, bake for about 25-30 minutes… or until the top is golden brown!

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What’s for Dinner: [Baked] Bang Bang Shrimp

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This past Tuesday, I did a baked version of my Bang Bang Shrimp. It was just as delicious, and I loved that it wasn’t fried!

  1. Make your sauce: combine the 1/2 cup of [low-fat] mayonnaise, 4 teaspoons of chili garlic sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar in a small bowl. I let mine chill in the fridge in the meantime. This helps the sauce stick to the shrimp.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Spray non-stick cooking spray on top of the foil.
  3. I seasoned shrimp with: black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and cayenne powder.
  4. Next, I added in a [beated] egg to the marinated shrimp.
  5. Separately, in a ziploc bag [for easy cleanup], I add in flour and season it with black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and cayenne powder. Next, add in the shrimp to the ziploc bag, seal… and shake to coat all of the shrimp.
  6. Transfer your coated shrimp on to the lined baking sheet. When all are transferred, spray another layer of non-stick cooking spray on top of all the shrimp.
  7. Bake the shrimp in your preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
  8. After a few minutes of letting the shrimp cool, transfer to a dish where you fold in the sauce with the shrimp before serving.

Like I mentioned in the original version, the ideal combination/process for a crispy breading [that doesn’t fall off — especially once you start to add the sauce]:

  1. Make the sauce first [and put it in the fridge to chill].
  2. Next, bread the shrimp [then put the shrimp in the fridge too].
  3. Wait to add the sauce to the shrimp until once the shrimp is a little cooler. Gently toss.

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What’s for Dinner: Cholay

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Cholay is another Pakistani dish that is served as a snack or appetizer… and I’m sharing it today as part of iftari food.

If you are working with dried chick peas, soak them in water [overnight].

When you are ready to make the cholay:

  1. To chana [chick peas], add salt, baking soda and enough water to cover all the chick peas to bring it up to a boil.  Keep your heat on high until it comes to a boil, then turn to extreme low heat for the rest of the cooking process.
  2. Add in [peeled and diced] potatoes to the chick peas half way through it’s cooking process [so it can just cook together]. You can remove liquid if there is an excess amount.
  3. Once it’s ready, add in diced tomatoes, one of the following [cumin or chaat masala, and imli [tamarind] chutney.
  4. When you are ready to serve, add in either mint or coriander leaves.

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What’s for Dinner: [Baked] Sweet Chili Shrimp

Today, I made a baked version of Sweet Chili Shrimp.

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What I did today was:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil [for easy cleanup] and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. I seasoned the shrimp with the usual: black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. I seasoned flour with the same seasonings and coated all of the shrimp.
  3. Lay them on the lined baking sheet. Spray the top with non-stick cooking spray as well.
  4. In your preheated oven, baked the shrimp for about 10 minutes. Half way in the baking time, I flipped the shrimp over.
  5. Once it’s out of the oven, let it cool a bit.
  6. After it has slightly cooled, fold in sweet chili sauce and serve!

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What’s for Dinner: [Mashed] Potato Fritters

Since several people have asked me what is for iftari around here, I thought I would share some of my family favorites… starting with the recipe for [Mashed] Potato Fritters that I made [and shared] yesterday. I’ll be honest and say that Ami makes most of the “typical” iftari food… while I make more of the “fun” stuff. 

Most nights in the month of Ramadan we have typical iftari around here [along with whatever else I felt like making that day]. [Mashed] Potato Fritters [pakoray] are one of those things that we typically end up making only in Ramadan for iftari and is definitely one of my favorites. After popcorn chicken of course!

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This is how I make mine:

  1. I took [4] potatoes, peeled them, and washed them. Add about enough water to cover them 1/4th of the way.
  2. Next, pop it in the microwave for about 10-15 minutes until they are soft enough to mash. You could also do this, of course, on the stove.
  3. Drain excess liquid, but leave some in to keep the potatoes moist.
  4. Mash the potatoes!
  5. As you are mashing them, to your potatoes, add: salt, black pepper, paprika, chaat masala, and cumin powder. Make sure all the potatoes are mashed and the spices are mixed in very well.
  6. Let it cool before forming them into balls to fry. While you are waiting, work on the batter to coat them.
  7. For the batter to fry: to gram flour [besan], add salt, black pepper, garlic, ginger, cumin powder, paprika, and baking soda water. Add enough water to leave it a thick consistency to be able to coat the potatoes. Leave the batter covered until you are ready to use it.
  8. After the mashed potatoes are cooled enough to work with, form them into balls [as big or as small as you want them].
  9. Heat your oil up in a skillet. Enough to cover the potato balls at least half way up.
  10. Coat each of the potato balls in the batter and fry them until them are golden brown.

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