Chinese New Year Giveaway and Recipe

by lisa on January 9, 2012 · 39 comments

Giveaway closed. Congrats to Christine Jensen!

The Chinese new year is January 23rd and it’s almost time to celebrate.  Our family is not Asian but it’s always fun to have  a party! This celebration lasts 15 days so it’s a great time to invite family and friends over for a Chinese feast.  I am also celebrating by giving away a  Sun-Bird seasonings  gift pack.

When it comes to food, I am an adventurous eater. I feel very comfortable cooking Italian and American comfort food but I am a little more uneasy when it comes to cooking Asian recipes. Most of the Asian food I ate growing up came from take out boxes.  So I am a little nervous when it comes to creating my own Asian recipes. This is why I love Sun-Bird seasoning packets.  They put me totally at ease and it is quite easy to put together a dinner. By using a few Sun-Bird packets, I can put together a whole Asian buffet.

Honey Teriyaki Chicken Skewers and Healthy Edamame Fried Rice are two perfect dishes to have on your menu. They are both easy and flavorful. The fried rice is a good vegetarian option.  I followed the Sun-Bird Seasonings fried rice packet  instructions but omitted the green onions and added 1 cup of shelled edamame at the end of the recipe. I used brown rice rather than white and it turned out both healthy and good.

I broiled the chicken skewers but if the weather is nice, feel free to grill them outside. The recipe for the chicken is below.

If you want to throw your own Chinese new year party, here are some tips to get you started:

  • Create colorful paper invitations. If you have children, I’m sure they would love to do this.
  • Decorate with gold and red ribbons or red or gold balloons.
  • Purchase different colored chopsticks to give to guests as party favors.
  • Put some gold confetti on a red tablecloth.
  • If it’s a family friendly party, have finger foods that kids will enjoy such as steamed dumplings, Chinese noodles and/or fortune cookies.
  • Pick out a few dishes that can be made in advance so you can relax at the party.
  • Check out the Sun-Bird Facebook page for more ideas.

Now to help you start the party, Sun-Bird is giving away a gift pack to one of my  readers. This includes a $15 gift card and a variety of Sun-Bird seasoning packets. All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win. Please leave your comment by Friday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be randomly picked and announced over the weekend. Sorry but this giveaway is only open to people with a US mailing address.

Good luck everyone!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Honey Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
  • 1 packet Sun-Bird Honey Teriyaki Seasoning
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1½ inch chunks
  • ½ large pineapple, cleaned and cut into chunks
  • 8 to 10 wooden skewers
  1. Mix together seasoning, sugar, soy sauce and water. Put the chicken in a plastic container or bag and pour sauce over it. Marinate in the refrigerator from 1hr or up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Thread the chicken and pineapple on the skewers. Baste with any remaining sauce. Cook in oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through. Skewers can be turned once and the broiler can be put on the last few minutes of cooking.


Disclaimer: I am a Sun-Bird blogger advocate and was sponsored to do this post. The giveaway was provided by Sun-Bird but all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.


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amy marantino January 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

i look forward to trying out this recipe.


Amy C January 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Yum! I love trying to make homemade Asian-style food!


Angela January 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I love this kind of simple, healthy recipe–looks really great, Lisa, and I like the edamame in the rice.


Carole Resnick January 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm

This recipe looks very easy and very good. Good excuse to have my own party.


Shop with Me Mama (Kim) January 10, 2012 at 1:26 am

That looks and sounds absolutely amazing!! YUM!


Debbie January 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

I, too am not all that familiar with cooking Asian recipes. These look really good Lisa, great job!


Joanne January 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

I rarely make Chinese food, though I love it, because I don’t have any idea where to start! Obviously, I need these seasonings in my life! Love those kabobs!


Ramona January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

That’s a good idea to include edamame. Very good for you.


Mami2jcn January 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Those chicken skewers look really good!


Dani Johnson January 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Yum! I am trying to figure out supper tonight and that looks SO good.


Beth @ Hungry Happenings January 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I haven’t cooked too much Asian food myself and usually use a bottled sauce when i do. I’ll have to try the Sun-Bird seasoning packets next time I get the urge to cook stir fry.

I love your new blog header. Very nice!


libby January 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Rice looks delicious–love edamame know very little about Asian cooking.


Kim DiGiorgio January 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I can’t wait to try this. THANKS


Chris M. January 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Mmmm.. Thanks for it!


Cheryl and Adam @ January 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

We live in a wonderful place, the only drawback of which is that there is no decent Chinese food around for miles and miles and miles, so it’s always a treat for us to find good Chinese recipes and this one fits the bill. Thanks for helping satisfy our cravings!


chinmayie @ love food eat January 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Looks great! Always good to have a party 🙂


Sarah @ pão e queijo January 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I’d love to win! Thanks for the chance to enter.


Velva January 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I think celebrating the Chines New Year is a great idea! Its a great way to get people together, and enjoy a good Chinese meal together.

Cheers to the Year of the Dragon.


ZombiemommySaves January 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I am getting hungry looking at these recipes! I hope I win!


Robin Scott January 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

this looks yummy; thanks for the chance to win!


julee jingle January 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

I’m a big edamame fan and a big fried rice fan so I’m thinking I’ll be a big fan of this dish! Happy New Year! thanks for the fun!


hanaa January 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

That’s a great looking dish to eat any time of year!


Christine Jensen January 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thanks for the chance to win, I love making Asian inspired dishes at home.


Jenny January 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

Looks amazing – I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Gail January 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

This looks delicious! I would love to try it. I already printed the coupon. Thanks!


teresa January 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

how fun! what a great idea.


Lshelly January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

This looks very tasty !! Can’t wait to try this dish!


amanda January 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

thank you for sharing this recipe – it looks delicious! thank you also for the chance to win 🙂


DebbyM January 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Thanks for the great recipe. I love chinese food…but very rarely make it – it don’t have many good recipes and finding the spices and ingredients is often intimidating.



Kelly Moran January 11, 2012 at 11:19 pm

YUM! I think I may try making this for Chinese New Year!


anash January 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

this looks delish,,,Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway


Marci January 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

thank you for the chance! This would be wonderful to win, yummy and educational.


Julie L January 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I already use their producsts


Amber Johnson January 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

This looks so good. It’s going on the list!


Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} January 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

can’t wait to read about the recipes you gonna share at the Chinese New Year party


Bunny January 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

My goodness your chicken recipe looks delicious!


Tracie Trump January 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm
cheffresco January 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Yum! The pineapple makes me want summer. Looks delicious!


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