Chicken The New Classics by Marcus Bean

Chicken: The New Classics by Marcus Bean shares more than 100 recipes for one of my favorite proteins. I am sometimes the recipient of flack for making so many chicken dishes but it is versatile, reasonably priced and everyone in our family loves it.

The author begins with setting out guidelines for purchasing, storing, and preparing your whole chicken or chicken parts. He follows with weekday meals, then "for the weekend" and concluding with dinners and celebrations. 

Classics are represented but always with a twist - Winter Chicken Waldorf Salad with Crisp Shallots, Chicken Falafel, Scotch Eggs with Chicken Lemongrass and Thyme and a scrumptious looking Chicken Cranberry and Stilton Pie. The innovative takes on traditional recipes and global influences make this book a keeper. 

In my work, I have to read many cookbooks and I try to cook from the ones I review at least a recipe or two - sometimes I cook the recipes after the review because I'm one step behind. I have a few recipes already marked to try in the next few weeks - Chicken with Crisp Noodles, Chicken, Bok Choy & Toasted Peanut Stir-Fry, and a Chicken Macaroni and Cheese with Crisp Pancetta. 

If you love chicken - this is the book for you - unique recipes, beautiful photographs and very approachable. Thanks to Nourish and the author for sharing a recipe with our members for Chicken and Prawn Dumplings. Be sure to head over to our contest page to enter our giveaway open to US, UK and Canada. Good luck!


Chicken & prawn dumplings
with soy dipping sauce

I've always been a 'grazer' (it stems from tasting lots of dishes during service and generally not having time for proper sit-down meals), so this is just the dish for me - these little dumplings make healthy snack food that's perfect for sharing with friends. If you use a bamboo steamer, you can serve the dumplings straight from the steamer.

Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling
Cooking time:10 minutes

For the chicken & prawn dumplings

250g/9oz minced chicken
250g/9oz raw peeled tiger prawns, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
100g/3½ oz water chestnuts, finely chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
1 tbsp mirin
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
200g/7oz wonton wrappers

For the soy dipping sauce

4 tbsp light soy sauce
4 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar
4 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

Mix together the chicken, prawns, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add all the remaining dumpling filling ingredients except the wrappers and mix together. Cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

Put a teaspoonful of filling on the first wonton wrapper, bring up the sides and press them around the filling mixture. Tap the dumpling on a flat surface to make the bottom flat, then repeat the process until you have used all the mixture.

Put a large saucepan of water on to simmer, with a steamer insert on top. Put the dumplings into the steamer and cook for 5-10 minutes until tender and cooked through.

Meanwhile, mix together all the dipping sauce ingredients in a non-metallic bowl.

Serve the dumplings straight from the steamer with the dipping sauce served separately.

Extracted from Chicken by Marcus Bean © Marcus Bean 2014 published by Nourish Books, London Hardback $24.95, commissioned photography by Martin Poole

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  • lgroom  on  6/17/2017 at 1:14 PM

    Spicy lemon roasted chicken thighs with assorted vegetables (always Brussels sprouts) and potatoes is my go to company dinner.

  • PennyG  on  6/17/2017 at 5:34 PM

    Favorite Chicken Dish? Oh my. Hmmmmm ... any Thai curry with chicken thighs always hits the spot for me.

  • heyjude  on  6/17/2017 at 10:40 PM

    We eat chicken more than any other protein, so I'm always looking for new recipes.

  • sharifah  on  6/18/2017 at 9:32 AM

    piri2 chicken tends to be a go-to for me!

  • nadiam1000  on  6/18/2017 at 10:48 AM

    We eat a lot of chicken and usually a chicken curry or tagine with basmati rice is a go to.

  • RSW  on  6/18/2017 at 2:41 PM

    Chicken romano

  • bdmltm  on  6/18/2017 at 7:43 PM

    I love chicken... fried chicken, chicken salad, chicken parm...

  • Siegal  on  6/19/2017 at 5:04 PM

    My fav chicken dish is chicken soup

  • JenJoLa  on  6/19/2017 at 9:57 PM

    Peruvian Chicken is my favorite chicken dish.

  • lhudson  on  6/20/2017 at 7:12 AM

    Chilli chocolate chicken

  • sgump  on  6/20/2017 at 7:51 AM

    I'm from the (US) South, so I have a soft spot for chicken and dumplings!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  6/20/2017 at 3:04 PM

    My favourite chicken dish is roast chicken with vegetables.

  • jezpurr  on  6/24/2017 at 8:17 PM

    Fav chicken dish - I have many.^_^ Barbequed, fried, curry, spicy, grilled, and more!!!^_^

  • cocecitycook  on  6/26/2017 at 2:08 AM

    I have more than one favorite. In the cold months it's chicken and dumplings, in warm months it's grilled chicken thighs.

  • Mayandbill  on  6/27/2017 at 1:12 AM

    Chicken falafel with cucumber raita

  • Uhmandanicole  on  6/27/2017 at 6:33 AM

    My favorite chicken dish is steamed whole chicken with ginger scallion oil

  • abihamm  on  6/27/2017 at 6:09 PM

    Honey Glazed Chicken

  • JoanneJ  on  6/30/2017 at 9:09 PM

    Chicken & Butternut Squash Sage Gnocchi. What a mouthful. Literally. yummmmm

  • bonita7878  on  7/7/2017 at 4:08 PM

    Great infusion of different flavors ~ love dumplings!

  • cake17uk  on  7/13/2017 at 12:42 AM

    I love Paprika Roast chicken, simple but so tasty

  • orchidlady01  on  7/20/2017 at 6:37 PM

    My favorite chicken dish is roast chicken with a garlic herb rub.

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