Jalapeno Honey Crispy Fried Chicken BLT

Jalapeno Honey Crispy Fried Chicken BLT
Seasoned crispy fried chicken smothered in sweet and spicy jalapeno honey in a BLT sandwich with avocado! Could this be The ultimate chicken sandwich?

There is a local restaurant (PG Clucks) that has some amazing fried chicken sandwiches including one with honey and jalapenos! The combination of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside fried chicken in sandwich with the sweet and spicy combination of honey and jalapenos was so good that I had to make my own version! I couldn't resist adding a few extras like bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado!

I started out with my go-to fried chicken recipe which marinates the chicken overnight in buttermilk seasoned with cajun seasoning. (I use a homemade cajun spice blend to control the amount of salt in it.) Excess buttermilk marinade is shaken off before thickly coating the chicken in flour, along with cornstarch and baking powder that is also seasoned with cajun seasoning. I like to double coat the chicken dipping it in the marinade again followed by the seasoned flour mixture before frying it in oil until perfectly golden brown and crispy!

Once the chicken is cooked it's smothered in jalapeno honey and thrown into a bun with the bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado shortly before being devoured! I really can't think of a better fried chicken BLT sandwich at the moment! This jalapeno honey crispy fried chicken BLT is a bit messy but irresistibly divine!

Asparagus Recipes

Asparagus Recipes

The local asparagus season is in full swing which is great because it's one of my favourite foods! Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to show up after a long cold winter so I always enjoy its arrival and eating plenty of it! It is a very versatile vegetable that can be used in many different ways from soups to salads, sandwiches, sides, casseroles, etc and I like to experiment with new ways of using it during the brief period before the rest of summers bounty starts to appear. Here are a few of my favourite asparagus recipes and expect a few new ones soon since I just picked up a ton of it at the farmers market!

Jalapeno Honey

Jalapeno Honey
Honey is an amazing sweetener and it's fun to add flavours to it, like jalapeno; that magical sweet and spicy combo! This jalapeno honey is so easy to make! You simply add sliced jalapenos to honey, bring to a simmer, and enjoy! Store it in the fridge in a sealed container and have it whenever you want! I like jalapeno honey on pancakes, on waffles (with or without fried chicken!), on bagels with cream cheese, in sandwiches, etc.

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)

Gyudon (Japanese Beef Rice Bowl)
Gyudon (牛丼), short for gyu donburi, or beef rice bowl, is a Japanese dish consisting of beef and onions on a bowl of rice. In Japan gyudon is fairly common and might even be considered a type of fast food with several large chains that specialize in it such as Yoshinoya and Sukiya. I made sure that I tried the gyudons at both Yoshinoya and Sukiya when I was in Japan on vacation (years ago), I enjoyed both of them and this is my favourite homemade version! You basically simmer onions in a broth seasoned with soy sauce, mirin and sugar until the onions are tender before adding the beef and cookinguntil the beef is just cooked before pouring it over rice in a bowl. These beef bowls are so easy to make at home, taking less time than it takes to cook the rice, and they are so good!

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
Today I have a super quick and easy creamy tomatillo ranch dressing to share with you! Ranch dressing is a buttermilk, mayo and fresh herb based dressing and for this one I went with a southern twist using tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro and lime which is such a tasty combination of flavours! This dressing is as easy to make as pureeing all of the ingredients in a blender and if you have the time, broiling or charring the tomatillos and jalapeno will add even more flavour. Salads are perfect for this dressing and it also goes great as a sauce for tacos, burritos, or for dipping tortillas or veggies in!