Recipes to try during lockdown including Southwestern fried chicken

I’ve been cooking full meals since I was six years old. I am serious. One day, I tried to wake my mom to make me breakfast but she was tired and couldn’t get up. At the time we were living with my grandmother and my uncle was sitting at the table eating breakfast. I guess he was waiting for me to come ask him to help me make mine.

Instead I pulled a step to the counter and whipped up some pancakes, eggs and bacon and sat down at the table in front of a gobsmacked uncle. It was that day my love of cooking began. During lock down I was able indulge that love by doing a weekly live cooking show on my Instagram that I will start again soon. On Instagram I share recipes, some from my childhood, and others from my travels or Pinterest.

Easy: Southwestern Fried Chicken
One of my favorite recipes to make is my Southwestern fried chicken. I’m from Texas and there are four recipes that you must master early on, fried chicken, chili, tacos and bbq, specifically brisket, juicy not dry, and ribs. Honorable mention to sun tea, bbq sauce, pecan pie and homemade biscuits. The skin of Southwestern fried chicken is different from southern fried chicken because it is crispy kinda like Popeye’s. Southern fried chicken has a softer skin like KFC.

If you use a deep fryer the chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and it is delicious. Eventually, I’d like to try to use my air fryer so that it’s healthier. I use several herbs and spices that are similar to what is used in a lot of Indian food or in our case, BBQ marinades, but it makes the chicken *chef’s kiss* delicious.

Medium: Garlic Butter Lemon Parmesan Shrimp and Rice
I have been transitioning to a pescatarian lifestyle so I have been trying my hand at some recipes I have found on Pinterest but making them my own like this recipe. The recipe called for cauliflower rice and deveined shrimp but I used Basmati rice and red Argentine shrimp instead. I have made lemon garlic Parmesan shrimp before because I love authentic Italian/Italian-esque food as I lived in Italy for 3 years, but I never thought to add sriracha to it. Adding sriracha created a new flavor combo for my taste and turned the dish into an Italian-Asian fusion

It only takes about 30-40 minutes to make but it is worth the time spent in the kitchen.

Easy: Summer Zucchini Corn Chowder
Another one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is make soups. Most people think soups are just for the cooler months and they are quite heavy. I beg to differ, there are a lot of spring and summer soups and chowders that are perfect for those hot summer days when you just want something light in your belly. This zucchini corn chowder recipe is amazingly delicious and I even got my mom hooked on it.

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Hopefully, you can take these recipes and tweak them for your own personal taste buds or make them as is. If you do make them feel free to tag us with a photo. Or you can follow me on Instagram where I will post many of my recipes as well as restarting my live cooking show again every Friday beginning next week.



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  1. WilliamJoelene says:

    Looooooooooooooooooooove! <3

  2. dlc says:

    I’m a vegetarian so I can’t comment on the chicken, but that soup looks great!

  3. Paperclip says:

    Yeah…doing the shrimp and corn chowder recipes this weekend. Thanks, Oya!!!

  4. Scollins says:

    Looks delicious! I’ll be trying the corn chowder asap. Think I’ll bake triangles of puff pastry to dip.
    We love Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, lots of really good recipes and I’ll tweak them a bit, using a prepared ingredient at times to simplify since I’m a lazy pig. Also a few of Giada DeLaurentis recipes are some of the very best meals I’ve ever made.

  5. anniefannie says:

    Love the new recipe posts! I’m making the zucchini & corn chowder tonight! Looks fail proof! Thanks for sharing…

  6. Edna says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipes. They all sound delicious. I have a bunch of zucchini and squash from my garden I need to use, so I think I’ll try the soup recipe this week.

  7. Pixelated says:

    I love the recipe idea for this site! Looking forward to more articles like this 🙂

  8. Lindy says:

    Just pinned the zucchini corn chowder, and it’ll be on my list as soon as I get the next grocery order.

    Yum! More recipes!

  9. manda says:

    Wow, yum!! I didn’t realize I needed this, but I do. I am going to try that chicken and the chowder soonish (just went to the store, but don’t have most of the ingredients for either).

    Will you be doing recipes regularly? I will be following you on insta! I am always looking for recipe inspiration

  10. Athyrmose says:

    Oya we have an eerily similar origin story! ❤️

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to try it with buttermilk.

  11. EMc says:

    I’ve been wanting to make fried chicken forever, but I’m too afraid to screw it up! I’m super nervous about undercooking or overcooking it. One of these days, maybe..

    But that soup sounds delish, I will definitely try that.

  12. MarcelMarcel says:

    I love these posts please keep them coming!

    I’ve been experiencing COVID-19 burnout (like many others). Fortunately my boyfriend is an amazing cook and has made us delicious food. Unfortunately he doesn’t like fried chicken and I absolutely LOVE Southern soul food. I’m wondering if I should just cook solo soul food.

    Anyhow, I’m an extrovert and I’m struggling with staying at home. I miss people, places and mac ‘n’ cheese.

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    Yunmmm! I’m so hungry now! I’m going to try the shrimp and corn chowder recipes! I don’t have a deep fryer but that chicken looks heavenly!

  14. Renee says:

    Ok, how soon can I get to my store for the ingredients?! I’ve got them printed & ready to shop. These recipes look amazing. I’m not a shellfish person so I may skip the shrimp recipe, but the soup & chicken are definitely happening.

    Please pass on your sun tea recipe too.

    I love this recipe post! Keep them coming please!

  15. Nanea says:

    The recipes sound delicious for me right here somewhere in Europe.

    One can never have enough new ideas for cooking meals, especially in times like these, when the best option for entertaining is to stay home with the family.

  16. CrazyHeCallsMe says:

    ooh…thanks so much for the recipes! Would love this to be a regular feature. Do you have recipes for novice bread bakers? I want to try my hand at baking yeast bread and rolls but I’m so intimidated by the thought of using yeast. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Oya says:

      I’ll see if Celebitchy will let my next recipe post include one of my no knead bread recipes. It is easy and delicious.

  17. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    More of these articles please! This is so helpful!

  18. rmcgrudiva says:

    Thanks for this, Oya!

  19. EMc says:

    Made the corn chowder for dinner, it was phenomenal! My husband and my kids all loved it. Thanks for the recipe, Oya!

  20. Lady D says:

    Thanks so much for the recipes, @Oya, they sound delicious, and you absolutely picked a winner to start with. I can’t wait to try them. A recipe column once a week would be great. I’m always looking for inspiration, I’ve been cooking dinner for 43 years now. I’m looking forward to your instagrams.

  21. Lulu says:

    Also just want to chime in and say that I look forward to many many MANY more recipe posts on this site! A great addition to this place 🙂