Cooking with a little wine – in this case the famous dessert wine from Sicily – gives great depth to a sauce: nearly all the alcohol and calories burn away, leaving behind only flavour. This sauce is thickened with a mixture of egg and lemon juice, which is typically Mediterranean and less rich than beurre manié or cream.
This is a dish from Singapore made with chicken wings, soy sauce, garlic and aromatic sesame oil; it's irresistible. If possible, cook in a clay pot. You can add sliced potatoes to make it a complete meal.
Very, very easy! Chicken with soy sauce and Worcestershire. My mum used to make it so often that we gave it this name. It's the easiest weeknight meal when served with rice and peas.
This is considered the national dish of the Philippines. The combination of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and peppercorns is delicious and actually preserves the chicken! My mother taught me how to cook this, using her variation from the original recipe.
This is a terrific rub for chicken just before it's cooked onto the barbecue. It adds flavour, seals in the juices and gives the finished chicken a lot of colour.
This delicate yet rich-tasting soup is packed with good things, and makes a warming and sustaining main course. Chicken breasts are poached with vegetables, then rice is cooked in the well-flavoured stock. At the last minute, the soup is enriched with eggs and fresh lemon juice in traditional Greek fashion.
Chicken thighs are excellent in a casserole, being very tender and full of flavour. Fresh apricots and a bulb of fennel make good partners, especially when spiced up with cumin. Plain boiled rice, or saffron rice (see the recipe on page 74), would be a good accompaniment, as would boiled new potatoes or baked potatoes.
This colourful one-pot dish is very simple to make and ideal for a tasty and nutritious mid-week meal. Coconut milk, gentle spices and fresh coriander add an exotically fragrant note. Serve with a mixed green salad.
Based on Japanese-style fondues, in which food is cooked at the table in a flavoursome broth, this chicken and vegetable casserole makes a satisfying main course all in one pot. A sharp and savoury citrus sauce provides a delicious dip to season the succulent ingredients individually just before they are eaten.
This is a dish of bright, vivid colour and bold flavours. Onions, tomatoes and red peppers make a chunky vegetable sauce for chicken pieces, with spicy chorizo sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary and olives adding tastes of the Mediterranean. Serve with crusty bread.