Baked Chicken Tikka

Stonewall Kitchen Tikka Masala Simmering Sauce is the base. In a large bowl pour half a jar with 1 tbs. plain yogurt. Blend. Add 4 chicken thighs and coat with the sauce. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, take chicken out of the fridge. Slice 1 large bell pepper, 2 small chili peppers, and 1 medium-sized onion. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a deep baking dish, put the peppers and onions in the pan and drizzle with olive oil, season with garlic salt & pepper. Stir around to coat. Push aside to have each chicken thigh coated with the sauce rest on the bottom of the pan with peppers and onions around each of them.

Place baking pan into the oven and after 15 minutes, turn heat to 400 degrees. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until sauce turns a little crispy black on top and onions & peppers are blackened and crispy.

Serve with rice.


Note: You could use any favorite Asian or barbecue sauce as a marinade without yogurt in place of the Tikka Masala using the same baking method.


mAd Ben Deglazed

Amazing what culinary prowess is revealed when a creative advertising executive can’t go out to NYC restaurants for a while.

From his great UWS kitchen, with a Whole Foods nearby. And plenty of good wine. Which must always be consumed after uncorking it for the deglaze.

Pork Tenderloin w/ Zucchini & Mushrooms


1 lb. pork tenderloin. Pat dry and season on all sides with and rub into the meat a little garlic powder, then sea salt & pepper. Lighter on the salt.

In a dry, hot cast iron skillet, sear & brown the tenderloin on all sides. As you turn the tenderloin, press in dried rosemary with the back of a spoon. Once all sides are browned, put skillet into a preheated 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small fry pan, brown a small zucchini and a few mushrooms, sliced. Season with ground black pepper to taste.

Remove the pork loin from the oven to a plate. Let rest for 10 minutes while you open a bottle of a nice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and deglaze the skillet with 1 cup. Stir with all the bits from the tenderloin. Add the zucchini and mushrooms and reduce the sauce by half.

Slice the tenderloin and plate with the zucchini, mushrooms and resulting sauce over the pork. And. Savor the rest of the Pinot.


Chicken Breasts w/ Lemon & Capers



Lightly pound boneless skinless chicken breasts. Coat with bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Put water to boil in a large pot and add pasta until al dente & drain. In a fry pan, brown chicken on both sides in olive oil. Put chicken on a plate.

To the fry pan add butter and stir until browned, deglaze with a little Savignon Blanc. Add juice of 1 lemon, a mashed garlic clove, and capers with a little of their brine. Stir sauce until heated and slightly reduced. Add back chicken breasts and pasta to the fry pan.

Serve chicken with all the sauce on the pasta. And. Of course. Enjoy with the wine.




Seared Sea Scallops

Fresh sea scallops from Whole Foods on Columbus Circle. Season with ground black pepper. In a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil on high heat, sear scallops to a golden brown on each side. Add a little butter and brown. Deglaze with a dry French white wine. Serve with fresh greens vinaigrette and a baguette.

And. De rigueur. Sip the rest of the Sancerre.





– Ben Levine


Gwen’s Wine-Braised Chicken w/ Olives

2-3 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
2-3 tbsp olive oil (enough to coat pan)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 tbsp butter
Juice of 1 lemon (~2 tbsp)
1/2 cup chopped parsley, basil or other fresh herb (Optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Pat dry chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a skillet (I used an 8” skillet for two thighs) and, once hot, place the chicken, skin-side-down in the pan, allowing to brown for 3-4 minutes until skin is crisp. Flip chicken and brown for an additional 3-4 minutes (chicken will not be cooked through). Remove chicken from pan to a separate plate.

In the same pan, add the chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft. Pour in wine and vinegar and deglaze the pan (scrape up brown bits from the bottom). The vinegar will smell quite strongly, but it’ll mellow during the cooking process.

Add the chicken back to the pan, skin side up, making sure the onion-wine-vinegar mixture does not cover the chicken. Put in the oven for 15 mins or until cooked through.

Remove from oven and place chicken on the serving plate. Put the skillet back on the stovetop over medium heat (be careful as the handle will be hot!). Mix in olives and fresh herbs and cook for 1 minute.Stir in butter until sauce becomes glossy and slightly thicker.

Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve!

Because of its acidity, recommend serving with a rich side dish like risotto or mashed potatoes


– Gwen Hasenauer

Wasabi Ginger Chicken

In a plastic bag or bowl marinate 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs in Stonewall Kitchen Wasabi Ginger Sauce (or a similar soy-ginger-horseradish blend you can make), just to coat. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, bring to room temperature. Wipe off excess sauce. In a large dry skillet fry chicken on high heat until blackened on each side. Turn heat to medium and cover to thoroughly cook the chicken.

Serve sliced on a salad or hot with rice and roasted asparagus.

Baked Spicy Chicken Thighs

In a shallow bowl, mix together 1 tsp. each turmeric, garlic powder, coriander, cardamom, ginger. 1/2 tsp. cayenne. 1/4 tsp. sea salt. Coat 4 large bone-in skin-on chicken thighs with olive oil. Roll them in the spice mix to evenly cover.

Place the thighs in baking pan skin-side up and put sliced onion pieces in between and around the chicken. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 45 minutes or until chicken and onions are crispy. Serve with couscous & chutneys.

Tandoori Bake:

For a more tandoor-like taste, add 1 tbs. plain yogurt to the spices and blend thoroughly. Marinate the chicken thighs in the yogurt sauce for a few hours and then bring to room temperature before baking as above.

Chicken Cacciatore

Another way to braise chicken thighs. It’s Italian rather than Asian. Serves 4.

Sprinkle 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs with garlic powder all around. In a large deep skillet, in a little olive oil, brown the thighs until skin is crisp and golden, then turn and brown on the other side. Set chicken aside on a plate.

In the same skillet, brown 1 medium onion chopped. Add 6 – 8 mushrooms, chopped. Brown. Add 1 chopped zucchini. Brown. Deglaze with 1/4 cup dry red wine. Add back the chicken thighs.

Cover with 1 can San Marzano whole tomatoes, chopped with juices. Add 1 small bunch thinly sliced scallions and another 1/4 cup dry red wine. Season with generous amounts of dry basil, oregano and pepperoncini flakes. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 2 hours.

Add 1/2 cup capers and 1 cup chopped black olives. Simmer another 15 minutes.

Serve with pasta and grated cheese. Top with lemon zest.

Autumnal Roast Chicken

hatfield pumpkins with truckConsistently succulent methodologies borrowed from Alfred Portale and Jacques Pépin. Moist with crispy skin. Secret is drying thoroughly and refrigerating with sea salt in the cavity. Then, rotating in the oven.

Serves 4-6.

4 lb. farm fresh whole chicken with giblets. Rinse chicken and giblets.

Put chicken in a deep roasting pan with paper towels on the bottom. Pat dry chicken all around and shake sea salt into the cavity. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

When ready to cook, take chicken out of refrigerator while oven preheats to 425 degrees. Remove paper towels from the pan. Stand chicken cavity side up. Place giblets around the chicken.

Cut top off a whole garlic head and place in the cavity of the chicken. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze juice on giblets and put remaining core into the cavity. Pour a tsp. dried thyme into the cavity.

Oil the bottom of the roasting pan. Place chicken onto its side on the olive oil. Slice 2 sweet onions and place around chicken and over the giblets. Drizzle olive oil over the wing, leg and side of the chicken. Sprinkle with garlic powder and ground black pepper. Place into preheated 425 degree oven on the middle rack. Roast for 30 minutes.

Take out of the oven and turn chicken to the other side, drizzle with olive oil over leg, wing, side and cover with garlic powder and ground black pepper. Return into the 425 degree oven for another 30 minutes.

Take out chicken and turn to breast side is up. Baste with juices all over breast, legs and wings. Put back into 425 degree oven for another 30 minutes. Take out of the oven and tent with aluminum foil for 15 minutes.

Onions and giblets should be crispy. Skin, golden. Meat moist.

Carve and serve with giblets and juices.

Chicken Rosh Hashanah

For a sweet and tender start to the Jewish New Year. Enjoyed at a family get together a few blocks south this year. Happy 5777!

Serves 4-6. Place 4 chicken thighs and 4 breasts, bone-in, skin-on, in a large baking dish. Rub each piece with salt, ground black pepper and ground cumin to taste.

Sauce: In a small saucepan, bring to a boil 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tbs. Dijon mustard.

Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, basting once.

Chicken Foggia

Salute a mi Papa di Foggia, Italia where the black olives are plenty. Serves 2.

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Pat dry 2 large meaty bone-in chicken breasts, skin on.

In a deep baking pan drizzle olive oil on the bottom. Slice a sweet onion and place around the pan. Place the breasts in the middle. Drizzle olive oil over the onions and chicken breasts. Add garlic powder and ground black pepper liberally over the chicken breasts.

Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and put aluminum foil over chicken until ready to eat.

For the sauce/ tapenade:

In a small bowl mash together:
2 tablespoons chopped pitted black olives
2 tablespoons chopped capers
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or red onion
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Dried thyme and red pepper flakes to taste

Serve on the chicken or on the side with a baguette.

Braised Summer Chicken

Braised breasts with summer vegetables. Serves 2.

2 large chicken breasts, skin on and bone-in. Pat dry with paper towels. Season with cracked black pepper and garlic powder all around.

In a large, deep fry pan, brown 1 sliced onion in a little olive oil. Push onions to sides of pan and brown seasoned breasts on both sides. Set chicken aside on a plate.

To the browned onion, add fresh farm stand fare. Sliced hot peppers, halved cherry tomatoes of every variety and hue, sliced scallions, shaved corn off the cob.

Brown and deglaze with 1/2 cup dry white wine. Stir in 2 tbs. butter. Add back chicken breasts. Cover pan and bring to boil.

Reduce to low and simmer for 1 hour or more.

Serve over rice.