Review: Yardbird Las Vegas 2017

My family recently enjoyed a meal at Yardbird Las Vegas and it was absolutely incredible. The restaurant is known for its fried chicken, and it was some of the best fried chicken that I have ever had. Yardbird is located inside of the Venetian and it’s recommended to arrive with a reservation.

Chicken Wings and Okra at Yardbird Las Vegas

My brother ordered the chicken wings with okra. The chicken wings were good (I would have preferred the sauce on the side but he enjoyed his meal) and the okra was delicious. We ended up ordering an extra side order for the table.

Fried Chicken and Watermelon at Yardbird Las Vegas

I ordered the chicken plate (not chicken and waffles.) I really enjoyed the chicken – the breading was perfect – so delicious that I was eating it on its own. I saved the chicken for the dipping sauce, which was a mix of sweet and spicy. The biscuit was good but standard, and the spiced watermelon was really tasty. I ended up giving my watermelon away to my family as it’s not really my thing.

Cornbread at Yardbird Las Vegas

I also ordered a side of corn bread which I loved. The cornbread was nice and warm and the perfect compliment to the fried chicken. I definitely preferred it to the biscuit. I ate mine with honey butter that had come with the biscuits and it was a great combination.

Every single one of us loved Yardbird and highly recommend a visit. It was probably my favorite meal in Vegas and I will definitely be back next time I am in town.

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Recipe Review: Pad Grapow (Cravings by Chrissy Teigen)

I recently took a look at Goodreads’ list of the best cookbooks of 2016 and put a few of them on hold. I got into cookbooks when I worked at the public library during college, but since it’s rare that I want to make every recipe in a single book, I usually check the books out from the library and save the recipes with the most potential. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen was one of those books.

I took a look through the book today and decided to make Pad Grapow Chicken, which is Thai basil chicken. I was looking for a recipe that would be on the healthy side, delicious, and still easy to cook. This recipe has relatively few ingredients, was something new, and looked like something my family would enjoy. After a quick stop at the grocery store, I got to work.

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
5 cloves of garlic
1 serrano chile
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups fresh basil leaves
Cooked rice for serving

In a bowl, toss the chicken with the oyster sauce and soy sauce and marinate for 10 minutes. Mash the garlic and chile until finely smashed.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic-chile mix and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase the heat to high, add the chicken, and cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the basil and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.

Serve over rice.

A couple of notes –

  1. If you aren’t familiar with oyster sauce, don’t be put off by the name! It is a brown, salty sauce that is commonly used in Chinese food. It does not taste like fish.
  2. I used a garlic press for the garlic cloves and serrano. It worked perfectly. You could also cut into tiny bits, you mostly want the flavor to come out and add to the taste of the chicken.
  3. If you aren’t comfortable using a serrano, a slice of mild green pepper would add the flavor without the kick.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Definitely check out the cookbook – whether it’s from your local library or by purchasing – there are quite a few tasty looking recipes (and pictures – John Legend, mmm) inside!