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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Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
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Thais love hotdogs, they have as many brands of hotdogs as they do brands of canned fish and rice. Now 90% of the Thai hotdogs are pure rubbish, but there is a few very good brands out there. Hotdogs are nothing more than sausages, however with modern processing and the poor choices of fillers and casings, the consistency in taste is quite lacking. For those in Thailand and the rest of the world, use good quality beef or chicken hotdogs. This is a typical side/snack served with beer in the evening. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
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Thais love hotdogs, they have as many brands of hotdogs as they do brands of canned fish and rice. Now 90% of the Thai hotdogs are pure rubbish, but there is a few very good brands out there. Hotdogs are nothing more than sausages, however with modern processing and the poor choices of fillers and casings, the consistency in taste is quite lacking. For those in Thailand and the rest of the world, use good quality beef or chicken hotdogs. This is a typical side/snack served with beer in the evening. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium size pot half full of water to boiling, then add the hotdog slices. Cook for 2 minutes to heat them through, drain, and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add to the mixing bowl the onion, spring onion, coriander, and chilies. Mix together.
  3. To the mixing bowl, add the fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve on a large plate (family style) and sprinkle the mint over the top.
  5. Serve as a side dish with evening drinks, or with rice for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

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
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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.

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.

Kidney Bean Salad
Kidney Bean Salad
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Excellent salad if you like kidney beans, after I mixed I taste tested, perfect. When chilled, it is excellent. If one does not like that much cilantro, just cut back on that. To make this vegetarian/vegan simply leave out the cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Kidney Bean Salad
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Excellent salad if you like kidney beans, after I mixed I taste tested, perfect. When chilled, it is excellent. If one does not like that much cilantro, just cut back on that. To make this vegetarian/vegan simply leave out the cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add all the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients and whisk, taste and adjust as needed.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Place in the fridge for a few hours, serve as a side dish. This can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. (I chose to add the Feta cheese after this is chilled, that is why you do not see it in this.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Add halved cherry tomatoes. 2. Use black beans in place of red kidney beans. 3. For vegetarian or vegan, omit the cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Olive Salad
Olive Salad
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good. I made this on 6 April 2018, very good combination of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good. I made this on 6 April 2018, very good combination of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all the items to a large mixing bowl, toss to coat everything.
  2. I also added some crumbled Feta cheese.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill and allow the flavors to blend.
  4. Will keep for up to a week in the fridge. This is great as a side dish, a topping on burgers, etc.
Recipe Notes

One can of black olives will cost 78 Baht, 1 jar or green olives 74 Baht, and one can of mushrooms will cost 70 Baht. For 8 servings this is about 87 cents per serving.

Variant: 1. Add Feta cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Larb Gai
Larb Gai
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Larb = salad, Gai = chicken, there is your Thai lesson for the day 🙂 This is a Thai dish, and eaten often in Laos as well, in the US Thai restaurants, this may be called Spicy Thai Chicken Salad. Easy to prepare, can be served on a bed of lettuce if you desire, and normally served with sticky rice and fresh veggies such as cucumber, spring onion, long beans, and cabbage.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Larb Gai
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Larb = salad, Gai = chicken, there is your Thai lesson for the day 🙂 This is a Thai dish, and eaten often in Laos as well, in the US Thai restaurants, this may be called Spicy Thai Chicken Salad. Easy to prepare, can be served on a bed of lettuce if you desire, and normally served with sticky rice and fresh veggies such as cucumber, spring onion, long beans, and cabbage.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, cook the chicken and 2 tablespoons of lime juice on medium heat, and cook until done, stirring often until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Pour the chicken into a heat proof mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients and mix together. Taste and season as desired with lime juice and or fish sauce.
  3. Serve with stick rice and fresh vegetables.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use beef instead of chicken, then it is Larb Nuea. 2. Use pork instead of chicken, this it is Larb Moo. 3. Add and mix in glass noodles (bean curd noodles).

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Inspired by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth.
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Sausage Salad I
Sausage Salad I
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I had this at a wedding party yesterday, 27 Feb 2018. This was the only dish that contained packaged items, like Vietnamese sausage, hot dogs, crab sticks, and squid rolls. Squid rolls are essentially a crab stick but are tubular shaped, but squid flavored. The dish in the photo also has chilies in it, when I prepare this, I will use much less chili. No servings or quantities are given until I make this, I am just winging this for now.
Sausage Salad I
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I had this at a wedding party yesterday, 27 Feb 2018. This was the only dish that contained packaged items, like Vietnamese sausage, hot dogs, crab sticks, and squid rolls. Squid rolls are essentially a crab stick but are tubular shaped, but squid flavored. The dish in the photo also has chilies in it, when I prepare this, I will use much less chili. No servings or quantities are given until I make this, I am just winging this for now.
Ingredients
For the Dressing
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut the Vietnamese sausage (Cha Lua plain, and Cha Hue for peppered) in half lengthwise, then thinly slice each half. A mix of regular and pepper varieties would work well.
  2. Slice the hot dogs thinly at an angle. (Just a note, the shorter hot dogs tend to have the casings removed.)
  3. Slice the imitation crab into 1/2 inch pieces and the squid into 1/4 inch pieces.
  4. Cut the onion in half from top to bottom, then thinly slice each half.
  5. Finely slice then chop the carrot. Safe bet would be to cut the carrot into 2 inch pieces, julienne, then cut the stack in half.
  6. For the mushrooms, if using white ear variety, blanch that for a few minutes, drain and let cool down. Your choice of fresh mushrooms, buttons sliced, Shimeji chopped, Shiitake sliced with the stem removed would also be nice.
  7. For the tomatoes, cut in half and remove the seedy pulp then slice.
  8. Seed and finely chop one Bird's Eye chili.
  9. Place the prepared meats and veggies in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Splash with some soy sauce and a couple of tablespoons of lime juice. Toss together until all is coated well. (Keep in mind, my photo shows a very large pot, this is at a wedding so a lot of chow was made, but this was delicious! I will make this on a much smaller scale than what this photo shows.)
  10. Serve as a side dish with any Thai dish.
Recipe Notes

I will price then when I gather up all the supplies for this.

Inspired by seeing this dish at a party.
Thailand.

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the rinsed and sorted beans to your pressure cooker, add the 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, the oil is to prevent the beans from foaming. Depending on your size of pressure cooker, do not fill more than halfway.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock closed. Place on high heat until the pressure cooker comes to full pressure, meaning the jiggler is moving and making some noise, this is when you start timing. Turn the heat to low but maintain full pressure. Time the beans for 22 to 27 minutes depending on if like them firm or softer. (I time for 25 minutes.)
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat a non stick skillet and cook the ground beef until cooked through, drain the beef well and set aside. Photo shows the beef cooking while the pressure cooker is working on the beans.
  4. Same pan, heat a splash of oil and cook the onion until starting to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes,
  5. Then add the oregano, cumin, and dried cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. I added a variant, I used a handful of Shiitake mushrooms, photo shows before I removed the stems and chopped them.
  7. Saute the chopped mushrooms until starting to brown up. Set aside.
  8. After the time is up on the pressure cooker, turn off the heat and move to another unused burned. Allow the cooker to release pressure normally, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. When the pressure is fully released, open and ladle out 1 cup of liquid, set that liquid aside, drain the beans in a colander and rinse well and return the beans and the 1 cup of liquid from the beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with liquid, the cooked beef, onion mixture, and mushrooms if using, to the cooker.
  10. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. When it is safe to open, remove the lid and stir in the spring onion and most, not all, of the fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Return to heat without the cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on each bowl for garnish.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Saute a handful of chopped mushrooms and add to the cooker after adding the beef and onion. 2. Use mushroom stock instead of chicken stock. 3. Replace the cilantro with chopped celery tops or parsley.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew is courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. All of the Salad ingredient to a large bowl and toss together. Feel free to use a lettuce of your choice.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in place of the clove of garlic.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat everything. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.