This was one of the first recipes I tried out back when I started cooking more on my own. It makes use of stuff you may well already have in the kitchen: lime, ginger, honey…and chicken. I use chicken thighs, but you can certainly use chicken breasts if you like.
2 tb honey
2 tb fresh ginger, grated
4 chicken thighs
1 tb butter
salt & pepper
1. Mix together the juice of the lime, ginger and honey in a small bowl.
2. Season the chicken with salt & pepper.
3. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter on medium-high. When it begins to bubble, add the chicken. (Make sure your pan isn’t too crowded.) Cook 3 minutes/side.
4. Add the mixture to the pan with the chicken. Lower the heat and cover. Cook for 10-12 minutes, turning a couple of times.
5. Remove the chicken from the pan and allow it to rest 10 – 15 minutes. Make sure you scrape up all the caramelized bits from the pan – they’re delicious!
In the ever-expanding search for more fish recipes, I came across this one and gave it a go last night. I decided to add in some sweetness to the original recipe, as both the ginger and rice wine vinegar are both quite pungent. It follows my rules, though: simple, quick and ultimately, pretty damn delicious. I recommend serving it with rice: the sauce in which the fish is cooked is delicious on basmati.
2 cod fillets
3 tb rice wine vinegar
2 tb soy sauce
1 1/2 tb ginger, grated or finely chopped
2 ts hoisin
1 ts sugar
salt & pepper
1. In a large skillet, combine vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, hoisin and sugar. Bring to a simmer.
2. Salt and pepper the fish and place the fillets in the pan. Bring liquid to a boil.
3. Cover and lower the heat so that the liquid is only simmering. Cook 6 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, slice scallions into 2″ pieces, lengthwise. After the 6 minutes, lift the lid and place the scallions on the fish. Cook one more minute.
5. Remove fish from the pan and plate. Taste sauce and adjust as necessary.
6. Spoon sauce on to fish and, if serving with rice, on to rice.