Oporto Style Bondi Bites

Oporto is AUS/NZ based burger and grilled chicken chain and their Bondi burgers are very popular. They make it with their own special hot sauce and chicken fillets. But I am not a big fan of their burgers, I like their Jalapeno bites and Chicken Bondi Bites more. Bondi bites are thin slices of chicken breast, marinated in tangy marinade and lightly crumbed and fried. I have worked out the recipe by eating them, so its based on my taste and tastes same.

Here we go,

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into thin slanted slices
  • Salt to taste
  • Some chicken salt
  • 1 tspn smoked paprika
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • 1 tspn lemon & herb seasoning (easily available at grocery stores)
  • 6 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 tspn garlic and onion mix powder
  • 1 tspn black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbspns corn flour
  • 2 tbspns self rising flour

FOR CRUMBING

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tspn paprika
  • 1 tspn chicken salt
  • 1 tspn lemon and herb seasoning
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

  • Cut the chicken breasts in thin slanted slices and put them in a zip lock bag and pound it with a meat hammer and put all the pieces in a deep mixing bowl.
  • Add all the spices and sauces and mix. Keep aside for 30 minutes at room temperature and crack in 2 eggs, add corn flour and flour and mix well.
  • Keep aside for 1 hour in refrigerator.
  • Meanwhile, combine all the crumbing in a plate. Take one piece of chicken and coat it in the crumbing, pressing it gently to stick the crumbs. Do the same with the rest of the chicken and arrange them on a plate without over lapping and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius and fry the chicken. Serve hot with any sauce of your choice. I personally like it with ranch, aoli or dynamite sauce.
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Crispy Fillet Burger

Crispy Fillet burger is my very own recipe. It is a gourmet or premium style burger , packed with flavour and smoked hot sauce and the chicken has that crunch on the outside and tender on the inside with perfect seasoning. You can add salad or bacon to your burger if you want, I sometimes add avocado and beetroot but really its up to you, how you like your burger. So give it a try this weekend and enjoy!

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR BURGER

  • 4 sesame rolls/ buns
  • Some softened butter
  • 4 – 8 coral lettuce leaves
  • 8 tomato slices
  • 4 coon cheese

FOR SAUCE

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 tbspn siracha
  • 1 tspn smoked red chilli flakes
  • A generous pinch of lemon and herb seasoning (available in supermarkets)
  • 1 tspn mustard

FOR CRISPY FILLET

  • 2 chicken breasts (cut into half, total 4 fillets)
  • 1 tbspn hot sauce
  • 1 tbspn vinegar
  • 2 tbspns dark soy sauce
  • Salt, pepper & chicken salt, red chilli powder (as desired)
  • 1 tspn onion powder
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbspns corn flour
  • 2 tbspns self rising flour
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

  • For fillets, take each piece of chicken and put it in a zip lock bag. Pound with the meat hammer to flatten. Lay them on a straight dish, season with salt, pepper, red chilli powder, chicken salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Turn the sides and season the other side as well. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a bowl, combine all the sauces and dip the marinated chicken into it. Add egg, corn flour and flour. Mix and keep in refrigerator for 1 hr.
  • Meanwhile get everything ready. Combine all the ingredients for sauce in a small mixing bowl to use it later. You can change the sauce in you want. Any sauce of your choice will work.
  • After an hour, heat oil in a pan or fryer to 190 degrees Celsius and fry chicken for 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile the chicken is frying, butter the bun and toast it on griddle, apply sauce to the top and the bottom part, place lettuce and tomato on the top and cheese on the bottom and place the chicken fillet, right out of the fryer onto the cheese. Close your burger and serve hot with fries.

Paalak Chicken

Chicken Paalak….. one of the famous dishes in Pakistani home cooking but not everyone knows how to make the best one. Everyone knows how to make it but some people know how to make the best one. This is my recipe and it is the best one 😀 I don’t like the spinach smelling too much like spinach so I add fenugreek to it, they go hand in hand, perfect match made in desi food heaven and a key to make everyone like spinach and ghee…. desi ghee, clarified butter. It gives a desi flavor boost to Paalak (spinach) and a very rice and tempting look as well.

If you make Paalak Chicken following this recipe, it will be a delight to see, smell and eat. So here we go ❤

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR CHICKEN

  • 1 chicken, 1.5 kilos, cut into 16 pcs.
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 tbspn miced garlic
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped fine
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 1 tbspn ghee

FOR SPINACH

  • 2 bunches of Spinach (cleaned, washed and boiled)
  • 5 small green chillies
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 5 tbspns kasuri fenugreek leaves/ 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves

Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan and add cardamom, cinnamon and cumin. When they begin to crackle add onion and fry until they get brown. Add ginger and garlic, fry for a minute and add chicken. Fry until the chicken gets a golden color and add tomatoes and all the spices. Cook on high flame until the tomatoes are loose.
  • Reduce the heat and cook covered until the chicken is 90% cooked.
  • Meanwhile get everything given for Spinach in the food processor and grind it into a paste (medium coarse to fine).
  • Add it in the chicken curry when chicken is ready and mix. Let it cook until the oil starts separating. Add 1 dollop of ghee for flavor and some green chillies and serve hot with rotis.

 

 

Train Chicken (Rabiyah’s Special)

Train chicken is my friend Rabiyah’s special recipe which is my top favourite. I have tried many chicken curries and chicken masala but this one is one of my favourites. She make it for me whenever I go to her place or whenever we do one dish parties. The name Train Chicken is associated with her childhood memory because she used to live in Lahore and her cousins and Aunt & Uncle were used to live in Quetta. They used to visit each other by train in summer vacations and their mothers used to cook this chicken to eat during the journey in train. So this simple and easy chicken recipe is called Train Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken, skinless, cut into curry, 16 pcs.
  • 2 small onions, 1 large onion, cut into slices
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic (crushed)
  • 6 – 8 green chillies
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin (pan roasted & coarsely ground)
  • 1 tbspn coriander (coarsely ground)
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 chicken stock cube (I add it for extra chicken flavor)
  • Fresh green coriander (chopped)
  • Fresh green chillies (sliced)

Method:

  • Wash the chicken and put It in a colander to remove excess water.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chicken. When it starts changing color, add ginger, garlic and chicken stock cube. Fry until its golden. Take it out in a plate and leave on the benchtop until needed.
  • In the same oil, fry onions till they are golden, add green chillies and tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes leave the stiffness. Add all the spices, except garam masala and simmer the curry. Add a splash of warm water and cook on medium heat. Do this 3 – 5 times until the oil starts separating from the masala.
  • Add chicken, garam masala and ½ the amount of coriander. Mix and cook on low heat with lid on for 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully tender.
  • Transfer the chicken in your serving dish, garnish with some coriander and chillies and serve hot with rotis.

Chicken Steak with Creamy Mushroom Sauce & Steamed Veggies

Cooking with friends is always fun…… I cooked this at my friends’ house and they loved it. This is my very own recipe of chicken steak with mushroom sauce, I make mushroom sauce differently, people make it with chicken stock and cream, I make it richer in flavor by using Parmesan cheese and cream, more like Alfredo mushroom sauce. The best thing about this plate (in the picture) is it is full of flavors, nothing on this plate is bland, everything is seasoned well to perfection and has its own unique flavour. Give it a try and I am sure you will fall in love with this rich, flavoursome delicacy!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts (skinless, cut into 2 thin layers each)
  • Salt
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 tbspns soy sauce
  • Some butter and olive oil

FOR STEAMED VEGGIES (as desired)

  • French beans (cut)
  • Broccoli head
  • Cauliflower heads
  • Baby carrots/ carrots
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Some dried Italian herbs
  • A knob of butter
  • Salt

FOR MUSHROOM SAUCE

  • 2 tbspns butter
  • 250 gms sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 tspn chives
  • 1 generous pinch of garlic powder
  • 300 ml cooking cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper (use coarsely ground black pepper)

Method:

  • First thing first, turn on the steamer. Meanwhile its heating, combine the vegetables you want to steam in a bowl, season with some Italian herbs, salt and pepper and add softened butter, toss well and coat each veggie in this buttery herb mixture. Put it in the steamer and get started on sauce.
  • For sauce, melt some butter in a sauce pan, add mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir fry until mushrooms start changing the color. Add cream and bring it to a boil. Add parmesan cheese and mix well. Add chives and let it cook on low heat while we do the steaks.
  • We have two chicken breasts cut in two thin layers each. So we have 4 in total. Put them in a large zip lock bag and pound with meat hammer to flat and thin. Season with some salt and pepper. Splash some soy sauce and rub it on.
  • Keep aside for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the veggies in the steamer. If they are done, put the steamer on heat mode to keep the veggies warm until needed for serving.
  • Heat the grill pan. Smear some butter on it and drizzle some olive oil. When it is super-hot, place the chicken on it, cook in batched depending on the size of your grill pan. Cook 5 minutes per side. Add some more butter to the pan when flipping the side.
  • Take them out on a plate first to rest for 5 minutes before transferring on to the serving platter.
  • Transfer the steaks (2 per person) on a plate, putting the veggies on the side and hot mushroom sauce all over the chicken and plate.
  • Serve hot.

Chicken Parma Tenders

Just a light version of Chicken parmigiana. I don’t like the thick chicken breast piece so I have used tenders, it makes the recipe lighter and more fun!

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken tenderloins
  • some salt
  • some pepper
  • some paprika
  • some chicken salt
  • some olive oil and softened butter

FOR CRUMBING

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • some Italian herbs (chopped fine)
  • 1 cup flour (seasoned with salt and pepper)
  • 1 egg + 2 tbspns milk (whisked)

FOR TOPPING

  • 4 tbspns Napolitano sauce
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella
  • ¼ cup freshly shaved parmesan

TO SERVE

  • Some greens
  • Some asparagus
  • Or garden salad/ Greek salad

 

Method:

  • Put chicken tenders in a zip lock bag and pound with a meat hammer until flat and thin.
  • Season with some salt, pepper, chicken salt and paprika on both sides and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile get your oven preheated on broiling mode at 200 degrees Celsius and get your crumbing station ready, 1. Seasoned flour in a flat dish, 2. Egg wash in a shallow dish and 3. Breadcrumbs.
  • Now with the help of fork, take one tender, coat it in flour, shake off the excess, dip it in egg wash and then crumbs. Coat each and every naked bit of it and keep it on a tray.
  • Do the same with rest of the tenders.
  • Heat a frying pan and splash some olive oil and place the chicken tenders on the pan. 2.5 minutes per side. When you are about to change the side, add a small knob of butter. This will give a buttery flavour and extra crunch and color to the bread crumbs.
  • Meanwhile, get your baking tray ready lined with parchment paper. Transfer the tenders to the baking tray, smear a tablespoon of Napoli sauce on each tender, then some fresh shaves of parmesan and then generous amount of freshly grated mozzarella.
  • Broil for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve hot with greens.
  • Enjoy.

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