Chai Comfort Food Recipes for Winter


Chai-Inspired Comfort Food Recipes for Wintertime

Comfort food is a wintertime staple, bringing back cozy childhood memories with every bite. Start a crackling fire, bundle up in a warm wool blanket and try one of the recipes below for a sweet and spicy twist on your favorite tastes of home.


Chai Chicken Sticks

The smell of a home cooked meal wafting through your house can be so comforting in the cold winter months. This recipe for drumsticks marinated with spicy chai and soy sauce perfectly blends savory and spiced flavors.


  • 1 cup Oregon Chai Original Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 pressed garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground ginger
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 24-36 mini chicken drumsticks


Combine all ingredients except chicken and mix well. Marinate drumsticks for at least 2 hours, turning once. Grill chicken until cooked.


Oregon Chai Sweet Potatoes

Baked potatoes have the magical ability to fill both your heart and your belly with their delicious warmth. This casserole holds true with its delightful mixture of sweet potatoes, chai, breadcrumbs, sautéed onions and apple chunks.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 fresh sweet potatoes
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, peeled and chunked
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup Oregon Chai Original Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
  • ¼ cup Riesling white wine
  • 2 slices white bread, processed into soft crumbs
  • 1 tbsp melted butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and slice sweet potatoes into ½ inch slices then steam in microwave about 5 minutes. Sauté onions in olive oil until soft and tender, add apple chunks and cook a few more minutes, then add steamed sweet potatoes. Mix sugar, salt, nutmeg and pepper, then sprinkle over vegetables and apples, tossing gently to coat. Spoon mixture into a one-quart casserole dish. Mix Chai Concentrate and wine and pour over sweet potato mixture. Cover and bake about 20 minutes or until apples are tender. Meanwhile, toss soft breadcrumbs with melted butter. Uncover casserole and sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Bake uncovered an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.


4 a.m. Griddle Cakes

Sometimes after a night of tossing and turning and listening to the wind rattle the house, the only thing you can you do is get up and make breakfast at four in the morning. These hearty griddle cakes are the perfect early morning pick-me-up.



Blend egg, milk, Chai Concentrate and canola oil. Sift dry ingredients and stir into liquid mix until blended. Grease heated grill. Spoon batter onto grill and cook until both sides are nicely browned. Serve immediately with butter and warm honey or maple syrup.

Try one of our hot drink recipes to accompany your comfort food dish.

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