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Chicken Cordon Bleu

The phrase cordon bleu (kôrdon' bloe') means "blue ribbon" in French and was once the symbol of high military honor. It later came t omean excellence in cooking. One of France's most famous cooking schools took this as its name. Chicken cordon bleu originated there. It is a boned chicken breast that has been rolled around pieces of ham and cheese and secured with a toothpick. It is then baked.

Chicken Curry

A curry is an Indian dish of meat, fish, poultry, or vegetables in a sauce seasoned with curry powder. The word curry means sauce. Curry powder is a blend of spices and usually includes, turmeric, cardamon, coriander, mustard, saffron, and allspice. The yellow color comes from the turmeric. A chicken curry might be served with side dishes of chutney(a spicy fruit relish), raisins, nuts, or shredded coconut.

Chicken Paprika

Paprika is the ground powder of a pepper plant. It is bright red and varies in flavor from mild to very hot. Paprika is the characteristic spice in Hungarian cooking. Chicken paprika usually includes onions, garlic, tomato, green pepper, chicken stock, cream, and sour cream, which are cooked in a heavy pot with the chicken. This dish is served with noodles or rice.

Peking Duck

When this well-known Chinese dish is prepared, the duck is first basted with a honey mixture and roasted. Then the crisp skin is taken off and cut into small pieces. The pieces of skin are folded into a very thin pancake with scallions and served with a black bean sauce. The meat of the duck is cut in small cubes and eaten separately.


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