Chicken parts are quick to cook and simple to serve -- no carving required. Even better, they take on big flavor when marinated. That means you can streamline your day by prepping them in the morning, and when you're ready to start dinner, most of the work is done.
Frozen banana leaves, which are inedible, are available at Asian markets and grocerythai.com. If you can't find them, parchment works just as well. Recipe adapted from Amanyara Resort, in Turks and Caicos.
Inspired by Malaysian laksa, a traditional dish of noodles in hot spicy broth, this easy-to-prepare soup gets its complex flavor foundation from store-bought curry paste. It can be topped with cooked chicken (such as the Chicken with Basil and Lime), seafood, or tofu. Try other traditional garnishes, such as scallions, cilantro, chiles, peanuts, or hard-cooked eggs.