Chicken

Whole30 Korean Spicy Chicken

I let you know why I wanted to jump on Whole30, but I didn't tell you the number one reason I chose this program: I get to eat the food I actually like. 

I don't have a sweet tooth. I'm not a fan of bread-y foods. But give me some real home cooked Korean food and I'll immediately devour every last bit of it. 

Sadly in the good ol' U.S. of A., healthy lifestyles usually don't include a lot of ethnic recipes. But then I thought "Hold the phone, I'm a food blogger, I'm Korean ( well half, but's good enough for me so deal with it), and I'm cooking Korean food during my Whole30! I should share it!"

Whole30 Korean Spicy Chicken

Soy Sauce Ginger Chicken

I've been so grateful for the love folks are having for Korean food. In my kid years, the only association to the cuisine used to be kimchi, and a LOT of non-koreans just couldn't get past the smell. For the record, I think it's one of the best smells in the world. I'm surprised there's not a kimchi eau de parfum made yet. 

My spicy chicken recipe has been the most popular dish by far on this blog. I used to think it was because of the spice factor, but now I'm realizing everyone loves chicken ... unless you're my vegetarian husband, but you get where I'm coming from. So here's a non-spicy version for all of my friends that can't handle the heat. I'm glad we've figured out some common ground to stay friends. 

Soy Sauce Ginger Chicken

Korean Chicken Drumsticks

Nothing gets me in the mood to be more patriotic than National Treasure. Yes, the one with Nicolas Cage. Particularly, the sequel.

But really for me, the Fourth of July is a time for everyone to come together and celebrate our independence as unique individuals in the United States. This is why I like to put some Korean flair into my food for the day, being a "halfie" and all, and share it with loved ones as we wait for the fireworks to start. More accurately, the husband will try to wake me up in time for the show, because I would have fallen asleep hours before. Why break tradition? 

Korean Chicken Drumsticks

Spicy Korean Chicken

When I was a little one, I would panic if spicy food came my way. My umma even had to rinse off my kimchi so that I could eat it. Then one day I accidentally put hot sauce on some chicken ... and I LOVED it. That drop of gold opened the door to all things full flavored and bold. Now, I'm addicted to the spicy life. To the point where I'm guilty of having to wean myself off of all things spicy sometimes, so my taste buds come back. Sriracha plus college equals addiction. Just sayin'.

This recipe brings out some of the best flavors that is great about Korean cooking: spicy, tangy, umami with a touch of sweetness. It also brings to light the power of a marinade.

This recipe brings out some of the best flavors that is great about Korean cooking: spicy, tangy, umami with a touch of sweetness. It also brings to light the power of a marinade.

Spicy Korean Chicken

Spicy Citrus Whole Roasted Chicken

Chicken can be just as fancy as a turkey. Especially when it's roasted whole. Throw in a dutch oven, and your main attraction is about to bring your meal to another level. 

Sometimes, during this holiday season, we rely on comfort bringing flavors that tuck you into a food coma. With this spicy rub and citrus combo, I'm keeping you off the couch with adrenaline from one million fans at a boy band concert. 

Frankly, the dutch oven makes basting unnecessary. The chicken is juicy, without the fuss and stress that usually comes with a special occasion. 

Spicy Citrus Whole Roasted Chicken

My Thanksgiving Menu

We are less than three weeks away from Thanksgiving.

Today, I wanted to show you what is on my menu for an intimate version of the day of feasting. Growing up, there used to be an average of twenty people in my home on this holiday and we would eat a collection of dishes that ranged from Korean to Thai to the classic American. Now, the quantity of people is smaller but my sentiment for the holiday is still the same. So this particular meal below is catered for me and my husband, with a smaller bird and the rest of the dishes being vegetarian. 

Yes, this is a whole lot of food for two people - the serving sizes are four to six - but I have to say that what I look forward to most is eating the leftovers the next day while watching some Charlie Brown cartoons. The older classic animations of course. 

My Thanksgiving Menu

Chicken & Veggies with Broth

We're coming close to the season where turning on the oven in the kitchen sounds like the worst idea possible.This is why the cool nights of Spring are perfect for a skillet filled with comfort. 

I'm going to be honest with you. I couldn't come up with the title of dish for the longest time. It's not a soup, it's not a roast and you toss it all in one skillet. Really, it's everything I love about food: simple to make, some meat, flavor filled northwest vegetables and a broth that's perfect to top rice with. So for now, I'm just calling this what it is. My friend Billy Shakespeare would agree that by any other name, it would still taste damn delicious. 

Chicken & Veggies with Broth

Chicken and Veggie Soup

Soup just warms my soul. This particular soup reminds me of my first apartment in Seattle. It was a tiny studio in lower Queen Anne. It made the place seem a lot bigger than it was because the Space Needle was literally a mile away, giving me a killer view. That tiny kitchen helped me figure some things outs, with food and (bear with me) life. This soup was the first meal I made there, and even though it looks different than the one I've crafted over the years, the sentiment is still the same.

Chicken and Veggie Soup