quick and easy

BBQ wings Instant Pot dinner tonight

Chicken wings, drumettes and drumsticks are very popular poultry cuts in every world cuisine. What’s not to love with so many spice blends and marinade mix to choose. Quick and easy as snacks, party food, appetiser, side dish or as a main.

You never get bored with the endless ways of preparation, there are so many cooking tools and methods. We are warming up to ignite a fire.  Here’s a stovetop recipe for Chicken wings in a soy-chilli marinade.

This version recipe is prepared in the Instant Pot Duo using the high-pressure function first. When done grilled on the barbeque or in the oven for a brown crunch. Have the wings crispy and a little bit charred not blackened unless we would aim for Cajun style.

We’ll get to the “holy trinity” when I share my favourite jambalaya and gumbo, here’s a Black bean recipe. OK, back to the wings.

 

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Sticky BBQ wings

Apart from the juicy BBQ wings and tender chicken legs, the best sticky sauce is made by using the cooking stock which has turned flavour rich now. After removing the wings, use the Instant Pot DUO saute mode to boil the stock reducing it by almost two-thirds or desired sauce thickness. Taste and add seasoning if needed.

The wings and chopped Chicken legs are well seasoned together with homemade BBQ sauce it guarantees sticky fingers and smacking lips. Serve sauce thin or thick as a dipping sauce on the side or drizzle on top of “sticky BBQ sauce chicken wings“.

Tips

#1 For those following a Keto, LCHF diet or sugar-free dietary restrictions in the recipe you will find an overview of substitutions I use and sugar-free sweetener which have zero calories but tastes even sweeter than sugar.

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1. Sticky BBQ sauce chicken wings recipe for Instant Pot | 2. BBQ saus kippenvleugels recept Instant Pot


#2 Smoking meat is an understatement in the States and now it’s trending and getting hotter here in The Netherlands too. Wild game is very lean meat and excellent on my Keto diet menu. Last weekend I prepared a venison hind leg, the key to smoking is going low and slow.

A meat smoking manifesto” by  Aaron Franklin is a great read on smoking tips and practice. He is one of America’s celebrated pit masters click on the link to have a peek. I will follow up soon sharing book tips & favourites here on books I have in my own collection and my reading wishlist.

Chicken Broccoli easy stir-fry recipe

A request from TinYee for “What’s for dinner?”, how about a quick stir-fry tender chicken with broccoli florets flashing out of the wok onto a plate. Let’s not forget to write down the Chicken Broccoli easy stir-fry recipe and post it please :-).

If you’re cooking for a family or friends this is a healthy and tasty dish to serve on the table. Chinese stir-frying and Asian cooking is all about setting up for flash cooking.

Chicken Broccoli stir-fry recipe is an easy budget-friendly dish and a crowd pleaser. All the ingredients can be easily substituted with other meat cuts and greens in season. Pork, lamb, beef (even fish, see note) with vegetables like cauliflower, green beans, Pak Soi or Chinese cabbage. Versatile and ideal to mix vegetables of what is left in the refrigerator and needs to be finished

 

Quick, easy and economic no leftovers of ingredients, whether you cook Chicken Broccoli easy stir-fry for 4 persons or make 4 meals ahead for your weekly meal plan. Start with the preparation, cutting up the ingredients in bite-size pieces. Season the thinly sliced meat quickly set aside. blanch the vegetables and quickly into an ice-bath. Have all other seasoning bottles and jars ready to grab and heat up the wok.

Cut up broccoli florets or other vegetables in equal bite-size pieces. Blanch the vegetables, short and quickly into an ice-bath. This will stop the cooking process. Have all other seasoning bottles and jars ready to grab and heat up the wok.

Chicken broccoli easy stir-fry recipe

Tip:

Check the fridge if other ingrediënts can be chopped into the dish too. This help clearing and finishing into a colourful and healthy cooked meal. When stir-frying always add the hardest/toughest ingredients first and soft ingredients last into the wok.

Another Chinese stir-fry recipe is Flat beans with ground pork and bean sauce or try seafood suggestion Thai Red Curry Mussels Recipe.

Cooking notes:

  • This recipe is suitable to adapt for Keto, Paleo and diabetes diet.
  • For soy sauce gluten free options:
    • soy sauce choose tamari sauce (wheat free) as the closest substitution
    • Bragg liquid amino (purist would say nay because it’s not made with a natural fermentation but chemical process instead)
    • Coconut amino (a healthy soy substitute, made from coconut sap. It has a salty, slightly sweet flavour and is rich and dark in colour)
    • fish sauce (made from fermented fish/seafood although it is different it tastes as good). If there are none dietary restriction I often use both in cooking.
    • home-cook experiment, make your own instead. Will follow up soon with a discovery post.
  • Cooking oil
    • Olive oil use light, extra virgin is too heavy and will carry an after taste.
    • Sesame oil is only used for flavouring at the end, not intended for stir-frying, it burns too quickly and becomes bitter.
    • Coconut oil is mostly used in Keto and Paleo cooking.
  • Chicken seasoning powder in principle should be gluten free or use a vegetable powder as substitute
  • For vegan diet:
    • use fresh tofu
    • dried compressed soy flavour tofu
    • Tempeh (fermented soybeans)
    • Okara, when I make fresh soy milk the leftover soybean pulp is called Okara. Very nutritious and versatile to make pancakes or burgers.
    • Quorn
    • You can also buy a large variety mock soy meat packages at Chinese supermarkets.
  • Instead of meat, you can also substitute with fish fillets too. Coat the pieces in corn flour and fry them first, take out, continue with the recipe and add when almost done.
  • Cornstarch is what I standard use, next tapioca starch and tapioca flour or arrowroot.
  • Mushroom sauce (vegetarian) and oyster sauce are both used as extra flavour seasonings or omit.