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Easy Asian recipes for everyday and entertaining

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Preparing a meal that will please everyone at the table is something that every host strives for. The vibrant flavors of Asian food are surprisingly easy
to create at home – particularly when you have the right ingredients – and so versatile that they can be dressed up or down to fit any occasion.

“There’s a perception that making Asian food is challenging,” says Asian cuisine expert Corinne Trang. “But really, simple family cooking is at the heart
of so many Asian cuisines.”

Stocking your pantry and refrigerator with go-to items like those from Simply Asia or Thai Kitchen makes preparing a restaurant-quality Asian meal as easy
as opening the door and grabbing what you need – so when you need a quick dinner solution, a memorable meal is easily within reach. Use these tips from
Trang to incorporate more Asian meals into your cooking repertoire.

For everyday

Great food is essential, even for more casual occasions. If a family member drops by, or even if you’re just looking for a memorable evening meal with the
kids, there are plenty of Asian recipes that can be ready in a snap.

Weeknight meals:
If you’re juggling all the demands of the week, simply getting a meal on the table can feel like a challenge. But opting for a quick, simple recipe that
dials up the flavor without taking too much time – like Sweet Ginger Garlic Stir-Fry – will make everyone happy without interrupting your schedule.

For entertaining

There are also plenty of occasions year round that are great opportunities for inviting friends, family or coworkers to your home – but you can just as
easily put together an impromptu party whenever the mood strikes.

“Asian recipes are easily adaptable for entertaining,” Trang points out. “They’re an ideal solution because they’re incredibly easy to make but will still
wow your guests.” Consider these ideas:

* Chinese New Year:
If you love to entertain and are looking for a reason to extend the holiday celebration season, consider throwing a Chinese New Year party. It’s a great
way to enjoy delicious food, fun traditions and get the new year off to an exciting start. Chicken Satay Skewers – rich with complex flavors, thanks to a
coconut milk-based marinade – with peanut dipping sauce are a delicious, fun-to-eat finger food that are ideal for mingling at a party.

* Game day:
Whether it’s regular season, playoffs or the big championship, watching sports just wouldn’t be the same without some great eats. Trang recommends spicy
Kung Pao Wings – which feature savory Chinese flavors – as a fun twist on the usual game-day wings.

Try these recipes for your next event or everyday dish, and find additional meal ideas at

Chicken Satay with Peanut Satay Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes


Refrigerate:- 1 hour

Cook Time:- 6 minutes

1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen Premium Fish Sauce

2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste

2 teaspoons minced fresh lemon grass

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch strips

Bamboo skewers

1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Peanut Satay Sauce

Mix coconut milk, fish sauce, curry paste and lemon grass in small bowl until well blended.- Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish.
Add marinade; toss to coat well.

Refrigerate 1 hour or longer for extra flavor. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Thread chicken strips onto skewers.

Broil or grill over medium-high heat 3 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with Peanut Satay Sauce for dipping.

Makes 8 appetizer servings.

Test Kitchen Tip: Soak bamboo skewers thoroughly in water for at least 30 minutes before threading with chicken. This prevents them from burning when on
the grill.

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