Quick lunch while family is out planning my birthday surprise!

Quick lunch while family is out planning my birthday surprise!

Daddy and daughters have been “whispering” to each other for few days now, about surprising mommy on her birthday. Of course, “I didn’t know anything about it”, what they are planning and where they will be going, when they went out leaving me behind. Besides, I was so glad to have the day to myself, read my favorite book, enjoy my coffee without a toddler sitting in the lap trying to kick the cup out of my hand. Now, do I mind having belayed birthday treat? I certainly not , not today.

Having some me time, also meant making myself quick and flavorful lunch. So, I made this super yummy skillet fried chicken inspired by one of the recipes from stellar chef Rick Stein but using South Asian inspiration. Best part is I will be watching Inauguration of our 46th president Joe Biden and first ever Indian Jamaican vice president ( first women vice president! how cool is that !) while enjoying my lunch. What a splendid way to spend the afternoon.

Skillet fried chicken and black-eyed peas with green onions

4 Chicken tenders


1 tsp Turmeric

Amchur powder (Dried mango powder, you can get this from any Indian grocery shows or via amazon)

Half a tsp of Coriander powder

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste.

 1 tsp of Soy sauce

Splash of White wine

Splash of Apple cider vinegar

For the Side

One cup of black-eyed peas previously boiled.

One cup of green onions

Stir frying

Tsp of Crushed garlic

Tsp of Chopped ginger.

Tsp of crushed coriander and cumin

Tsp of mustard seeds

Red pepper flakes


Place the chicken tenders in zip top bag. Pound with a rolling pin or a pounder until ¼ inch thick. Carefully place in a plate. Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour over chicken. Let it marinate for fifteen minutes to half an hour.

Heat a skillet on high and fry the chicken, about 3 minutes per side. I love to do this part in my cast iron skillet. Set aside to cool. While chicken is cooling prepare the side.

Add some more oil in the same skillet add the ginger, garlic, and spring onions. Add seasonings and sauté until soft and add precooked beans. Add the seasonings and adjust salt and pepper to your taste. Make sure to scrabe that gorgeous flavor on the bottom of the pan too, while you are sautéing.

Enjoy! lets make a cup of tea and watch the inauguration ! history in making ! Congratulations Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Here are the link to my amazing skillet. (this text contains affiliated links to products that I love, use everyday and stand by on them. If you click on the links I will earn a small commission if I qualify)

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

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