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Your Favorite 22 Recipes of 2022

A look back on our readers’ favorite and the most popular new recipes in 2022 on That Spicy Chick. It was an incredibly delicious year with flavor-packed spicy stir-fries, takeout classics, noodle and pasta dinners and more.

Happy early New Year’s guys! WOW – 2022 has literally flown by. Seems like it was just yesterday that I was tallying up the top recipes on the blog for 2021!

As is our yearly tradition here on That Spicy Chick, I’ve tallied up the most popular recipes of the year. I have to say, you guys have GREAT taste!

What a truly delicious year this has been! We’ve truly been on an extraordinary global culinary journey with Sichuan, Thai, Korean, American, Middle Eastern, and Japanese recipes.

From learning how to make our favorite restaurant classics like authentic kung pao chicken, kimchi fried rice, wok fried fish in black bean sauce and tofu with hot garlic sauce, to mouthwatering noodle stir-fries like Shanghai style fried noodles and Malaysian char kway teow, to hearty and warming noodle soups like Japanese curry udon, to the irresistible date night winner – XO sauce pasta with pork & burst cherry tomatoes, and meal prep favorite – Korean-inspired juicy baked gochujang chicken meatballs! I’m happy that you guys loved these recipes as much as I do!!

Before we kick off 2023, I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support and for visiting and commenting on the recipes you love on the blog. ❤️ I’m grateful to you all and you really are what keeps this blog going!

Although I’ve started working on some spectacular recipes for the new year, I’d love to know what kind of recipes you want to see on the blog and make in 2023. If you have a minute, could you fill out this quick survey for me? Tell me what you guys want to cook and if you have any suggestions for That Spicy Chick! 

I wish everyone a healthy, joyful and amazing year ahead! Without further ado, here are your favorite 22 recipes in 2022! Don’t forget to bookmark your favorites!

Thai basil pork in a serving bowl and two bowls with steamed white rice.

Thai Basil Pork Stir-fry

Made with tender pork collar meat and a mouthwatering spicy and garlicky holy basil infused sauce, this stir-fry is easy to make and SO DELICIOUS! Ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights!

Closeup top view of a plate with Yu Xiang Chicken.

Yu Xiang Chicken (Sichuan Shredded Chicken with Hot Garlic Sauce – Yu Xiang Rou Si)

Tender shredded chicken, mushrooms and bamboo shoots get stir-fried in a DYNAMITE spicy, sweet, and tangy garlicky sauce!

Fried fish pieces tossed with red bell pepper and onion on a black plate.

Wok Fried Fish in Black Bean Sauce

Fish pieces are lightly battered and fried to crispy golden brown perfection, and then wok fried with fragrant aromatics, umami loaded Chinese black beans, and crisp onion and bell pepper in a glossy savory sauce!

Closeup top view chicken stir-fry with peanuts and dried chilies on a plate.

Authentic Kung Pao Chicken

A popular Sichuan chicken stir-fry that’s quick and easy to make on any given weeknight. It’s full of crunchy peanuts and irresistible savory, spicy, numbing flavors with a hint of tang! Make it at home the authentic Chengdu-style way!

Closeup of XO sauce chicken and Chinese broccoli stir-fry on a plate.

XO Sauce Chicken & Chinese Broccoli Stir-fry

Succulent chicken pieces, fragrant aromatics, Chinese broccoli and snow peas get stir-fried in a rich and savory umami-packed sauce starring XO sauce! Ready in under 30 minutes and a weeknight winner!

Chinese pork and vegetables noodles stir-fry on a black plate.

Shanghai Style Fried Noodles

Made with chewy and thick Shanghai noodles, juicy pork slices, garlic, chilies, mushrooms, cabbage, other veggies and stir-fried in a mouthwatering savory-sweet sauce! Ready in 25 minutes and SO MUCH better than takeout!

Tuna pasta bake with cheesy topping in a casserole dish.

Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

Cheesy, creamy, full of tuna chunks, pasta, pops of sweetcorn and baby spinach, this tasty pasta bake is guaranteed to be a winner at your table!

Closeup front view of paneer bhurji in a blue dish.

Paneer Bhurji Gravy

A vegetarian and gluten-free scrambled Indian cottage cheese dish with a beautifully spiced tomato and onion gravy! Easy + quick and can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner with Indian flatbreads, bread rolls, or steamed rice.

Plate with kimchi fried rice with pork belly topped with a fried egg.

Kimchi Fried Rice with Pork Belly

An easy one wok Korean fried rice that is full of BIG and BOLD flavors! It’s made with thinly sliced pork belly meat, kimchi, fragrant aromatics, a few veggies, and the MOST delicious gochujang infused spicy, smoky, and tangy sauce with a hint of sweetness!

Chopsticks pulling udon noodles from a bowl with curry udon with pork belly.

Japanese Curry Udon with Pork Belly

Tender thin sliced pork belly, onion, carrots, and fragrant aromatics get simmered in a rich and savory curry broth and served with slippery and chewy udon noodles. This Japanese Curry Udon is easy to make and super comforting!

Serving bowl with chicken and tofu stir-fry.

Hoisin Chicken Stir-fry with Tofu

Tender chicken pieces, tofu strips, fragrant aromatics, and Welsh onion get tossed in a glossy and addictive savory, sweet and spicy sauce! Ready in under 30 minutes and SO GOOD with steamed rice!

Closeup of plate with spicy shredded chicken fried rice garnished with chopped spring onion.

Sichuan Chili Garlic Chicken Fried Rice (Yu Xiang Style)

Tender shredded chicken, plenty of garlic, chilies, mushrooms, bean sprouts and a DELICIOUS spicy-sweet and tangy sauce come together in this tantalizing spicy fried rice!

Char Kway Teow with shrimp, fried tofu puffs, and bean sprouts on a black plate.

Char Kway Teow (Malaysian Flat Wide Rice Noodles Stir-fry)

Charry, smoky flat wide rice noodles, shrimp, tofu puffs, bean sprouts, and more get wok fried in a savory-sweet sauce and spicy chili paste in this EPIC Char Kway Teow dish!

Closeup of gochujang chicken tortilla wrap with veggies, herbs, shredded seaweed, and toasted sesame seeds.

Korean Chicken Wrap

Spicy gochujang chicken strips are piled onto tortillas and complimented with mayo, shredded cabbage, red onion, cucumber, coriander, spring onion, shredded seaweed and toasted sesame seeds in this easy meal prep friendly Korean Chicken Wrap!

Closeup top view of plate with chicken in vinegar sauce stir-fry.

Chicken in Vinegar Sauce (Sichuan Cu Liu Ji)

Juicy chicken pieces, fragrant aromatics, pickled chilies, and crunchy bamboo shoots and snow peas get stir-fried in a mouthwatering tangy, savory-sweet and spicy sauce! This quick and easy stir-fry can be made in under 30 minutes and is SUPER tasty with a bowl of steamed rice!

Closeup front view of chicken and lamb arayes on plate with salad and garlic sauce.

Spicy Meat Stuffed Pitas (Arayes)

These Spicy Meat Stuffed Pitas are a made with a beautifully spiced lamb and chicken filling and pan-grilled before being baked to crispy golden brown perfection! They’re easy to make and SO delicious with garlic sauce, tahini, and a light side salad!

Closeup top view of XO sauce pasta with ground pork and burst cherry tomatoes.

XO Sauce Pasta with Pork

Ground pork, bucatini, a robust burst cherry tomato and white wine sauce that’s infused with miso paste, soy sauce, the king of Cantonese condiments – XO sauce, fresh basil and mint leaves come together in this quick and easy showstopping pasta dish!

Closeup of plate with stir-fried rice noodles, pork, eggplant, chilies and basil.

Thai Eggplant Noodles

Juicy eggplant strips, ground pork, garlic, chilies, and fragrant Thai sweet basil get tossed with fresh flat wide rice noodles in a mouthwatering sauce. Ready in 30 minutes and SO DELICIOUS!

Closeup top view of plate with dry-braised shrimp.

Sichuan Dry-Braised Shrimp (Gan Shao Xia)

Juicy jumbo shrimp get briefly dry-braised in a lip-smacking and addictive spicy garlicky sauce! It’s irresistibly delicious with a bowl of steamed rice!

Closeup top view of plate with spicy tofu stir-fry.

Tofu with Hot Garlic Sauce (Sichuan Yu Xiang Style)

Five spice tofu, veggies, plenty of garlic and chilies get tossed in a mouthwatering and addictive savory, spicy, and sour sauce in this easy one wok stir-fry!

Top view of plate with Korean meatballs garnished with sesame seeds and spring onion.

Spicy Gochujang Chicken Meatballs

Easy to make, super JUICY, and full of the BEST spicy, sweet and smoky flavors! These Korean-inspired baked meatballs are delicious as a party appetizer or main dish with steamed rice or cooked noodles. They’re fantastic for meal prep too! 

Closeup of bowl with Braised Tofu and Pork with Pickled Chilies.

Braised Tofu and Pork with Pickled Chilies

Easy to make and full of addictive garlicky and spicy flavors, this epic tofu dish is downright delicious with piping hot steamed rice!

These are just some of your favorite recipes from this past year. Feel free to Browse All Recipes on the blog and use the filters to find your next favorite recipe here on That Spicy Chick. Stay tuned for more delicious recipes coming in 2023. Cheers to an amazing, healthy, and happy year ahead! ❤️ 😘

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