Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, you can use thighs, legs and thighs (quarters separated), or breasts. I would lean towards the plus side and go with 3-4 quarters or 4 breasts, no one will complain if you use more chicken. Once you make this, then just make a note as to how much chicken you used. Not only are you going to make tender and juicy chicken, you are going to make the broth you need for this recipe as well. Broth can be simply starting with water, or you can flavor that up by adding a chopped up carrot, onion, celery, and some black peppercorns, any or all work fine.
  2. In a large pot, add the chicken pieces. Add about 6 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a medium simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. Cut into a piece to check.
  3. When the chicken is cooked, simply turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner AND leave the chicken in the pot! The chicken will continue to cook a bit until the broth cools off, so a nearly done piece of chicken will be tender and juicy.
  4. Once the broth is at room temperature, remove the chicken and shred that. Goal is 3 cups shredded, if you are a little over that, perfectly fine.
  5. Pour the broth through a strainer, reserve 2 cups of broth for this recipe, and store the rest in the fridge for other uses, such as making rice.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and get out a 9x13 or 7x11 baking dish. I will clarify the size when I make this.
  7. In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, chicken, 1 cup of shredded cheese, lime juice, cumin, and chili powder. Mix together until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and as desired.
  8. Lay a tortilla on the counter, add 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, roll and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken mixture is used.
  9. In a pan, melt the butter then whisk in the flour, continue whisking until the roux turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth the other half of the cream cheese, and the diced chilies. Continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened.
  11. Remove the sauce from the heat and pour evenly over the enchiladas.
  12. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese and bake for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro.
  14. Serve with side dishes of your choice (refried beans and rice will be my choice).
Recipe Notes

Cheddar cheese will run about 270 Baht for 1 1/2 blocks. The Cream cheese is about 140 Baht. The chicken, figure 1 kilo of quarters at 52 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $3.61 per serving.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
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Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
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This is a Chinese dish, and sounds very tasty, as I do love a good chicken salad. Common ingredients are used which is a bonus. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
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This is a Chinese dish, and sounds very tasty, as I do love a good chicken salad. Common ingredients are used which is a bonus. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I use my little rice cooker to do steaming, it came with a steamer basket and works perfect for items like this. Three chicken breasts was just a bit over 500 grams, perfect, no one will complain.
  2. Steam the chicken breasts for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through, cut one in half to check doneness.
  3. When cooked, remove from the steamer and allow to cool, then shred and place in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Heat the oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. To the pan, stir in the salt, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and cumin.
  6. Add the cilantro, reserving a small amount for garnish) to the chicken in the mixing bowl and toss to mix that in.
  7. I did use a variant and added one diced red onion.
  8. Add the garlic mixture from the pan and toss to mix well.
  9. Serve and garnish with cilantro or chill and serve with cilantro garnish.
Recipe Notes

The chicken breasts will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 2 servings, this is about 47 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pickled Red Onion.

Variants: 1. Add diced red onion. 2. Add diced celery. 3. Add diced pickled red onion, excellent!

Inspired by the recipe Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad from Spice the Plate

Garlic Cilantro Shrimp
Garlic Cilantro Shrimp
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I love some good fresh shrimp and this recipe sounds as a perfect way to prepare them. Common ingredients is a bonus as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Garlic Cilantro Shrimp
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I love some good fresh shrimp and this recipe sounds as a perfect way to prepare them. Common ingredients is a bonus as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and cilantro.
  2. Add the shrimp to the mixing bowl and mix to coat all the shrimp. Cover and place in the fridge for 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  3. When you are ready to cook, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan, when hot, add the diced onion and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I see the prices in Tesco. I will say Fair cost per serving for now.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp Omelet
Shrimp Omelet
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This is basically a Thai style omelet but without any folding, the filling is just mixed into the beaten eggs.
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Shrimp Omelet
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This is basically a Thai style omelet but without any folding, the filling is just mixed into the beaten eggs.
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the shrimp, cook them with any method you prefer, such as steaming, boiling, or sauteing. If the shrimp you are using are sort of big, go ahead and chop them into 3/4 inch pieces. For these, I just dropped them into a small pot of boiling water, when they turn pink, drain and drop into cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat well, season with white pepper powder as desired. Get everything else chopped, here, everything ready.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with a good splash of oil, hot but not smoking.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp, spring onion, and cilantro into the eggs and mix together.
  5. Pour the egg mixture all at once into the pan, it will puff as well.
  6. Use a spatula and lift up the sides to let the egg mixture run onto the hot pan. Cook until the bottom is set and golden brown.
  7. Flip the omelet over and cook until the bottom is now set.
  8. Flip one more time and serve. This was my dinner last night, can also serve family style and just place the plate in the center of the table and everyone can dig in.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Common method to make a Thai Omelet.

Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker)
Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker)
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Sounds very easy and very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker)
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Sounds very easy and very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, quarters will provide the largest thighs, simply separate from the legs, freeze the legs for another dish. Leave skin on and bone, trim any fat.
  2. To your slow cooker, add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, Sriracha sauce, and lime juice, whisk together.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan on medium heat.
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and when the pan is hot, add to the pan, work in batches if needed, cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes to get a nice brown on each side, as they are cooked, place in your slow cooker.
  5. Once all the chicken is added to the slow cooker, move the pieces around to coat them all.
  6. Set your slow cooker to Low setting for 6 hours and cover. Do not open the lip until 6 hours have passed. Set to Warm setting until you are ready to serve.
  7. Serve with hot cooked rice and garnish with cilantro.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I pick up 6 quarters and work it out from there, for now I will say low cost.

Shortcut: Cilantro Lime Rice.

Variant: 1. Use Cilantro Lime Rice in place of plain white rice to serve.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
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These are very good! I enjoy these often when I go to other provinces. This recipe is for 4 omelets, normally when this is served, in Thailand, it is huge so think family style, meaning placed on the table and everyone helps themselves to it.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
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These are very good! I enjoy these often when I go to other provinces. This recipe is for 4 omelets, normally when this is served, in Thailand, it is huge so think family style, meaning placed on the table and everyone helps themselves to it.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Ingredients
For the Eggs
For the Pork Filling
To Prepare
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, fish sauce, and season with white pepper to taste. Beat to combine.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of oil on medium heat, when hot, add ground pork and us your spatula to break it up as it cooks.
  3. When the pork is nearly cooked through, add the fish sauce, tomatoes, long beans, shallots, sugar, soy sauce, and season with white pepper to taste. Cook until the long beans are good and tender then remove and cover.
  4. In another non stick pan, heat a splash of oil, when hot add 1/4 of the egg mixture and move the mixture around to cook the bottom and set the top mostly.
  5. Loosen the omelet from the pan then spoon on 1/4 of the pork mixture into the center. Fold over two opposite sides.
  6. Then fold over the two other sides to make a square.
  7. Place a small plate, upside down on the omelet and turn the pan over, leaving the omelet on the plate. Cut an X on the omelet to show the pork filling. Repeat for the remaining omelets.
  8. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mexican Deviled Eggs
Mexican Deviled Eggs
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I like hard boiled eggs and I love deviled eggs, so this sounds really good. On my to make list. Although this is low cost, there is shortcuts for even greater savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Mexican Deviled Eggs
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I like hard boiled eggs and I love deviled eggs, so this sounds really good. On my to make list. Although this is low cost, there is shortcuts for even greater savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-16 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the cooled and peeled eggs in half, remove the yolks to a medium mixing bowl and place the whites on a serving tray or plate.
  2. Mash the yolks with a fork then add the cheese, mayo, sour cream, chives (or spring onion), just 1 1/2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning. Mix together.
  3. Spoon or pipe the mixture into the egg whites.
  4. Dust lightly with the remaining taco seasoning and sprinkle lightly with cilantro. Chill in the fridge until you serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled quail eggs for tiny versions of this recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Thai Fish Cakes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
For Food Processor Use
  1. Put the fish in your food processor and process until coarsely chopped, then add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and process until well blended. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
For Meat Grinder & Hands Use
  1. Run the fish through your meat grinder using the coarse plate (the wagon wheel). With the ground fish in a mixing bowl, add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and mix with your hands to completely mix everything together. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
Continuing On...
  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes have passed, get the bowl and shape fish mixture in balls then flatten to make the fish cakes.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when the oil is hot, add the fish cakes (in batches) and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve as a side with any Thai main dish, such as a curry over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Burmese Egg Curry
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, cilantro stems, tomatoes, tamarind paste, paprika, turmeric, chili powder, fish sauce, vegetable stock 1/2 cube.
  2. Simmer this mixture for 1-2 hours, stir once in a while, until it reduces the use a potato masher to smash any lumps and make the sauce a bit smoother. Continue simmering the sauce.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, cook the eggs, these are hard boiled but have a creamier yolk, use your favorite method but cut back a minute or two on the cook time, then cool with running tap water and gently peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Add the egg halves to the curry sauce and gently stir to coat the eggs, sprinkle a few cilantro leaves in and stir to mix those in.
  5. To serve, spoon egg halves into serving bowls and top with a few cilantro leaves and have red radish, sliced cucumber, and lettuce leaves on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled, whole, quail eggs in place of the chicken or duck eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For Seasonings
For Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can go with a whole chicken (in Asia, remove the head and feet first), in the US, remove the giblet pack, save those for a snack later. Now you can boil the chicken whole, or you can cut it into the standard pieces or I will just go with two breasts and two quarters (separated), no need for the wings or back.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, onion, lemongrass, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, carefully lower in the chicken, using pieces would be much easier than a whole chicken. Return to a gentle boil and cook the chicken through (you are making the broth). Chicken cooking on the left, quail eggs cooking on the right.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, open and drain the drain the eggs if using canned, or hard boil them if using fresh, shortcut for hard boiled is Recipe Notes. Prep the pork balls by simply slicing each in half. And then measure out the dry macaroni.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, carefully remove the chicken and the lemongrass bundle from the pot. Then add the dry macaroni and let that cook.
  6. While the macaroni is cooking, use two forks and shred the chicken, removing skin, bones, and any gristle, good snack for your dog 😉
  7. When the macaroni is tender, add the chicken, eggs, pork balls, spring onion, and cilantro to the pot, reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire to taste. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I gather up all the ingredients. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variants: 1. Use 1-2 Cornish game hens in place of chicken. 2. Omit the eggs or the pork balls, or both.

Recipe inspired by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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