Halal Guys: Chicken and Rice with White Sauce

30 Jun

 

Happy Monday my darlings! This past weekend, I was perusing through my FB news feed, and spotted a photo of the delicious “Halal Guys” chicken and rice with white sauce. One of my friends was in NYC noshing on the delicious street food cuisine. I had an instant craving!  So, I decided to stalk the web and see if I could find a simple recipe to replicate what my tastebuds remember. Five minutes into my search….BOOM! I found it! This recipe is seriously legit. The chicken is fragrant, moist, and delicious. The rice is full of flavor with cumin and turmeric. And the white sauce, oh that creamy tangy white sauce. Mmmm mmmmm! You need to make the recipe NOW! It will be a staple in your house. Trust!

 

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GRILLED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat (6 to 8 thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

Directions:

  1. Combine the lemon juice, oregano, coriander, garlic, and olive oil in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Season the marinade to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
  3. Place the chicken in a 1-gallon zipper-lock bag and add half of the marinade (reserve the remaining marinade in the refrigerator).
  4. Turn the chicken to coat, seal the bag, and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours, turning occasionally to redistribute the marinade
  5. Remove the chicken from the bag and pat it dry with paper towels. Season with kosher salt and pepper, going heavy on the pepper.
  6. Heat the oil in a 12-inch heavy-bottomed cast iron or stainless-steel skillet over medium-high heat until it is lightly smoking.
  7. Add the chicken pieces and cook without disturbing until they are lightly browned on the first side, about 4 minutes.
  8. Using tongs, flip the chicken. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the center of each thigh registers 165°F. on an instant-read thermometer, about 6 minutes longer.
  9. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  10. Using a chef’s knife, roughly chop the chicken into 1/2- to 1/4-inch chunks.
  11. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the remaining marinade, cover loosely with plastic, and refrigerate while you cook the rice and prepare the sauce.

YELLOW RICE

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain or Basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven.
  2. Add the turmeric and cumin and cook until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the rice and stir to coat.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice is lightly toasted, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken broth.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes without disturbing.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to rest until the water is completely absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes.

 

WHITE SAUCE

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

 In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt.

 

Special shout out to Serious Eats for posting this genius recipe. I made a few changes but not many. YUM!

Kiki’s Kitchen: Pecan Sticky Biscuits

22 Apr

Easter Sunday was yesterday, and I can officially eat bread again! I gave up bread for lent and it was a serious challenge. Clearly, me giving up bread doesn’t compare to the unconditional sacrifice Christ made, but hey who’s trying to compete with the Son of God, not me.

In honor of being able to eat bread again, I celebrated with an AH-mazing pecan sticky biscuits recipe. This is the BEST biscuit I have every have! EVER! EVER! The recipe is from the brilliant culinary team at my job. It’s super simple and will knock the socks off of anyone who dares to eat just one. They’re sweet, fluffy, decadent and down right scrumptious.

I took one bite and was like, “oh. no. this recipe will surely land me a BOO.” I mean my future hubby is really missing out on my cooking. I wish I knew who he was, I would ship him some. Ok. Let’s get into this recipe.

 

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Pecan Sticky Biscuits
Yield: 12 biscuits

For the pecan sauce:
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted

For the biscuits:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup very cold or frozen unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
1 & 1/2 to 2 cups buttermilk

For the topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

To make the pecan sauce:
Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Place brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat. When butter is melted, increase heat to high and bring to a gentle boil. Cook 3-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in pecans. Pour into pan and spread evenly. Set aside.
To make the biscuits:
Preheat oven to 425°.
Sift together twice the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender. Blend until mixture mostly looks like coarse crumbs, with some of the butter the size of small peas.
Make a shallow well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in 1 & 1/2 cups of buttermilk. Blend with a fork to form a soft dough. If dough is too dry, add the remaining 1/2 cup of buttermilk.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times, then pat into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 square biscuits.
To make the topping:
Stir together sugar and cinnamon. Brush the tops of the biscuits with about half of the melted butter. Sprinkle with about half of the cinnamon-sugar.
Place the biscuits, cinnamon-sugar side down into the pan. Brush the tops (that were the bottoms) of the biscuits with remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
Bake about 15-17 minutes. The biscuits should be golden brown and puffy, and the pecan sauce should be bubbling around the biscuits.
Cool slightly, then invert onto a serving plate. Remove pan to allow sauce to fall around the biscuits. Scrape any remaining sauce from the pan onto the biscuits. Serve immediately.

ALEXANDER WANG x H&M 11/6/14!!!

13 Apr

This is NOT a joke! Alexander Wang is the next designer to collaborate with H&M!! His collection hits stores Thursday, November 6th! I don’t know what to do with myself, I’m soooooooo excited!!! She’s going to be crazy at the launch and by “she” I mean me! Its on like donkey kong.

 

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Oscars 2014: Best Dressed Dames

3 Mar

I adore the Oscars! It’s the one time of year when two of my favorite arts come together, fashion and film. This by far was the best Oscars! Ellen was a hilarious host, there were so many brilliant films being nominated and the acceptance speeches were inspiring. Oh, and the gowns. Let’s get into the gowns! I loved so many of dresses from last night’s star-studded event. I couldn’t stop swooning over them! There was Lupita Nyong’o looking angelic in Prada, Kate Hudson killing it in Versace, and Sandra Bullock was stunning in Alexander McQueen. Take a gander at the gorgeous photos below. Which one was your favorite?

Lupita Nyong’o wearing PRADA

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Sandra Bullock wearing ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

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Viola Davis wearing ESCADA

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Kate Hudson wearing VERSACE

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Charlize Theron wearing DIOR

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Cate Blanchett wearing ARMANI PRIVE

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Penelope Cruz wearing GIAMBATTISTA VALLI!

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Manitoba Mukluk Love: The Story Boot Project

24 Feb

I love my mukluks, but not just any mukluks. I have a strong affinity for Manitobah Mukluks, made by aboriginal people in Canada. Ten years ago, I purchased my very first pair of mukluks at Nordstrom Rack for $79.95. That’s right, almost 90% off. The boots we’re originally priced at $500, but I struck gold and got the deal of a lifetime. These warm, stylish, beauties have been my savior during the harsh winters in New York City and Michigan. I’ve worn them in snow, rain, sun, and on occasion lounging around the house. They’ve held up for the past 10 years, perfectly!

In process of moving out of my old place, I lost the mate to my prize mukluks. I searched high and low and couldn’t find the mate. To say I was devastated was an understatement. In my disappointed state, I did a bit of research and found that I could replace them for $199. I was literally jumping up and down! I’m so excited!  These boots are AWESOME and worth every penny! I would gladly pay to double to own another pair.

Check out the clip below on the history of the Mantioba Mukluks.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014

11 Feb

Has Marc lost his design mojo!? I am a MJ fan for life! Love him! However, this collection is NOT one of my favorites. In fact, its probably one of my least favorite collections to date. This collection is team too much. There are so many different statements weaving through this collection, I can’t differentiate the inspiration….it looks like a mash-up of grunge, 70’s, space age, sports-inspiration…it’s just too all over the map for me. There’s no cohesion, which might be intentional. I can’t even deal with the white moon-inspired sneakers. In true Marc from he didn’t disappoint in the handbag area….love the black and red stripe bowling bag.

Jacobs is true visionary, he was the brain-child behind Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear collection. He’s no longer the creative director for Louis Vuitton, which means he’ll have some spare time to dedicate to his own collections. I sure hope so anyway. I would hate to see Marc lose his design mojo….he’s brilliant in my book.

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She, 36! Happy Birthday to ME!

3 Feb

Today is my 36th birthday! It was pretty relaxing and restful, which is exactly what I needed. I’m thanking God for another fabulous year! I still have A LOT to look forward to. Meeting the love of my life (hopefully within 2014). Having children. Seeing myself on national TV in a couple of months (I will announce the name of the show in March). Continuing to plug away at a company I love and people I enjoy working with. My life is pretty blessed!  It’s important to take stock of the “good” in front of you………..and today, there is much good in front of me!  xoxo, Kena :)

 

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My first Alexander McQueen “union jack” Clutch

1 Feb

She MINE! Yep! This just really happened. I’m a proud owner of an Alexander McQueen “union jack” clutch! Actually, this my first Alexander McQueen piece, which is kinda crazy since McQueen is my favorite designer of all time. I must give a special thanks to the awesome human being who made this happened. I’m still in awe and very grateful!  Long Live McQueen! LOVE!!!

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McQ Pre-Fall 2014

21 Jan

Be still my heart! I need that red patchwork leather coat in my life. Like, NOW! It’s AH-mazing! This latest collection for McQ by Alexander McQueen is perfection! There’s many time where I feel my love for fashion is fading and then…….BAM! I see a McQueen collection and its love all over again. Sara Burton has done an brilliant job at continuing the legacy of Mr. McQueen. It’s collections like this that makes wish he was still with us. Le sigh…..

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2014 Oscars Nominees are…….

16 Jan

 The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

2014-oscars-readers-pollBEST FILM

AMERICAN HUSTLE

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

GRAVITY

HER

NEBRASKA

PHILOMENA

12 YEARS A SLAVE

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

BEST ACTOR

CHRISTIAN BALE

BRUCE DERN

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

BEST ACTRESS

AMY ADAMS

CATE BLANCHETT

SANDRA BULLOCK

JUDI DENCH

MERYL STREEP

BEST DIRECTOR

DAVID O’RUSSEL

ALFONSO CUARON

ALEXANDRA PAYNE

STEVE MCQUEEN

MARTIN SCORSESE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

THE GREAT BEAUTY

THE HUNT

THE MISSING PICTURE

OMAR

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

SALLY HAWKINS

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

LUPITA NYONG’O

JULIA ROBERTS

JUNE SQUIBB

 BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

BARKHAD ABDI

BRADLEY COOPER

MICHAEL FASSBENDER

JOHNAH HILL

JARED LETO

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