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Las Vegas chef offers Fathers Day favorites


This Father’s Day Executive Chef Corey Francis will pay tribute to fathers everywhere by allowing them to experience a piece of the Caribbean in their own homes with a recipe for dads and kids everywhere.

The award-winning executive/celebrity chef Corey Francis of the Las Vegas Wynn & Encore Resort offers one of his exclusive “Family Time” recipes.

As a father of two, Chef Francis, known for his inimitable mouth-watering dishes alongside famed restaurateur Todd English at the award-winning Olive’s restaurant, brings his native home of Antigua and the islands to the homes of fathers and their families.

“My Curry Chicken Strips with Cheesy Mac and Broccoli meal is fun to make with my kids and one of their favorite meals. What I like most about this dish is that it is a great way for them to enjoy a meal that is nutritious and delicious, which is important to me,” says Francis.

Known for his success as executive sous chef at Olive at worked alongside famed restaurateur Todd English at the award-winning Olive’s Restaurant inside the Bellagio Resort Hotel, Francis currently works at the Las Vegas Wynn & Encore Resort.

Chef Corey’s Curry Chicken Strips
1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast or dark meat
4 tablespoons curry powder (not spicy)
2 oz. white onions (Julienne preferred)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon of Olive or Canola Oil
Pinch of white or finely ground black pepper
Pinch of sea salt (optional)

Mac & Cheese/Broccoli
6 ounces broccoli florets or chopped broccoli
1/2 lb of your favorite pasta
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
7 ounces of shredded mild cheddar (Add more or less to your liking)
Pinch of white or finely ground black pepper
Pinch of sea salt (optional)

Chicken Preparation
First, cut chicken into small strips and season with dash of salt and pepper, curry powder to taste. Second, sauté onions, garlic, and thyme in olive/canola oil until all ingredients are soft. Third, add the curry powder and stir for one minute to extract the flavors and aroma of the curry. Fourth, add chicken strips and sauté for two to three minutes. Then, add enough water to barely cover the chicken. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked and add the cilantro.

Mac & Cheese / Broccoli Preparation
Boil two small pots of boiling water; in one pot cook and strain the pasta of your choice, and in the second pot, place broccoli in salted boiling water and cook for three to four minutes or until done. Second, place the pasta in a separate dish. Third, add heavy cream to the pot of boiling water and bring to a boil. Fourth, whisk the cheese in slowly and simmer until sauce gets thick enough to coat the pasta. Then slowly add the pasta and broccoli back into the pot with the cheese sauce, mix together.