Tuesday, September 25, 2012

{Caramelized!} Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken & Caramelized Broccoli

These two dishes are from Food & Wine's Best Fast Recipes list.  A very helpful list on those days you want to whip up something delicious without slaving away in the kitchen.  Both use the process of caramelization to bring out the flavor of the there's no way it could taste bad! {unless you burn it of course ;) }

Both recipes are simple, but extremely flavorful, and has gotten the thumbs up sign from Cy.  Our good friend M proclaimed that he could get hooked on this dish.  So I hope you guys get a chance to try making the dish!

{Caramelized Black Pepper Chicken}
from Food & Wine Magazine


1/2 cup dark brown sugar
About 1/4 cup fish sauce (nam pla)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
2 fresh Thai chiles, halved, or dried red chiles
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
A bunch of  cilantro sprigs


1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, fish sauce, water, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, pepper and chiles.
2.  Heat the oil in a large deep skillet. Add the shallot and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the fish sauce mixture and the chicken and simmer over high heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with the cilantro and serve.
** Because fish sauces vary in their saltiness, Phan advises adding the fish sauce to taste. SERVE WITH Steamed jasmine rice.

{Caramelized Broccoli}
from Food & Wine Magazine


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 heads of broccoli (1 1/4 pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
1/2 cup water
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1.  In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.


  1. "Caramelized" pretty much takes any savory dish up a notch in my book!


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