Recipes from Around the World At Home

Tired of the same-old weekly menu or scouring Pinterest to switch things up?  Not to worry because HuffPost has put together 8 of the easiest recipes to break out of the rut your evening menu may be in.  Take a trip around the world with these fresh and EASY new recipes and broaden your culinary horizons while treating your taste buds to a whole new world of flavors.

  1. Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Mango Chutney

This crispy tandoori chicken is really easy to make – the magic is in the overnight marinating.  The marinade consists of yogurt, citrus and spices.  That’s it!  Then either grill or broil the chicken and serve with the fruity, tangy mango chutney, which is also super simple to make. You can even use leftover chutney thinned with water to glaze chicken or duck for other tasty dishes.

  1. Easy Thai Curry Shrimp

Enjoy the vibrant flavors of Thailand with this delicious meal that is less than 30 minutes away with just a few staples from your pantry. Plump shrimp, simmered in a rich and fragrant herb-infused coconut sauce, are sure to have your family impressed. Make sure to serve this exotic new menu offering with jasmine rice and get ready to add this one to your rotation.

  1. Asian BBQ Chicken

Imagine a mix of Chicken Teriyaki and the flavors of India combined.  It sounds a little out there, but is actually kid-friendly and simple to perfect. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, marinated in soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh lime juice, oil, garlic, ginger, and spices, is what makes this recipe pop.  You can find the key ingredient, Garam Masala, an aromatic South Asian spice blend at most large supermarkets.

  1. Grilled Moroccan Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce

This recipe combines ground beef (or turkey for a healthier alternative) rolled with warm spices, fresh herbs, and garlic, then grilled until charred.  We know, we know – meatballs aren’t usually for the pit, but with the right consistency, they grill great!  The delicious yogurt sauce also balances the weight of the meatballs.  Serve this one over couscous!

  1. Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Take a stroll on the lighter side with this easy dinner salad that tastes like it’s straight out of a Vietnamese market.  Shredded rotisserie chicken, chopped veggies and a simple whisked dressing is all that stands between you and a sensational Southeast Asian dining experience.

  1. Chicken Curry

For a quick crowd pleaser, this 30-minute curry dish is the ticket.  Simply thinly slice chicken, sautée with curry powder, then simmer in an aromatic and semi-sweet curry sauce, and finish with green peas and cilantro. The potential for switching this one up is limitless with different proteins and curries. Be sure to serve with basmati rice no matter how creative you get.

  1. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

You’ve been warned!  These are going to be a hit. With the bold flavors of ginger, lime and chili pepper, combined with a prep time of 30 minutes, these lettuce cups are a quick way to take your taste buds on a trip to the other side of the globe. Try not to eat them all while you cook this recipe from around the world.

  1. Stir-Fried Szechuan Green Beans with Shiitake Mushrooms

Proteins always get the spotlight – let’s give the veggies a shot with this quick and delicious, authentic Szechuan green bean dish. Whether as a different side dish or a vegetarian main course, these greens are tasty! We’re gonna have these with some jasmine rice or stir-fry noodles. Yum!

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Butternut Squash-Apricot Chicken Noodle Curry

Pasta and chicken makes the perfect combination for this Butternut Squash-Apricot Chicken Noodle Curry posted by Country Living. Pretty soon it will be warm enough for soup, but until then, this pasta dish will work wonderfully. Creamy and filling, this dish will for sure be a crowd pleaser. The presentation will look like it took hours to prepare, when in fact, it will only take about an hour to make. Carbs and protein make a pretty balanced meal.

Ingredients for Chicken Noodle Curry

To begin the chicken noodle curry you’ll need a dutch oven or large part to start.

The first step is to cook the noodles. Make sure to follow the packaging directions because this is the base of the recipe and the noodles need to be cooked perfectly. Double check that you are buying rice noodles. The next step is to season the chicken. Take the freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, seasoning the chicken on both sides.

Place the Dutch oven or large pot on the burner with the heat on medium-high. Heat the oil in the pan and add the chicken. Once the chicken is added to the pot/oven add the onion and garlic. This will need to be cooked for about 7 to 9 minutes, making sure to stir it occasionally . Once it is browned add the chili powder, cinnamon and curry powder. This will need to be stirred constantly for about 1 minute.

After stirring, add the chickpeas, apricots, and chicken stock. This needs to be brought to a boil. Once the stock begins to boil, reduce the heat. It needs to be set on low to allow the ingredients to simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered. Stir the ingredients occasionally. Once the 20 minutes is up add the butternut squash. Cook for about 8 to10 minutes. This is to allow the soup to thicken and allow the butternut squash time to soften up.

After the 8-10 minutes, add the coconut milk into the soup, Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, remove the pot or oven from the heat. Once you place the pot/oven down, add the lime juice and scallions. Stir during this process so everything mixes equally. Season the soup with more freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt.

Take the noodles that were cooked earlier and serve them in bowls. Pour the soup over the rice noodles. The last step is the use the cilantro to garnish the pasta.

This recipe serves about 8 people.

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