Malika Ameen

A single mother of three boys, Malika is always incorporating her "chef thinking" into the foods she cooks daily. Being a former restauranteur with numerous accolades and experience in both savory and sweet cooking, Malika enjoys creating unique, family-focused recipes at home. Her recipes have been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, on The Martha Stewart Show, and more. She is a regular contributor to the "You & Me This Morning" show on Chicago's WCIU-TV, where she does a monthly cooking segment. She can be found at Chicago's popular monthly market Dose, and her unique and popular dessert creations can be found on her website at

Past articles

Oven Roasted Salmon with Soba Noodles and Spinach Broth

This is a simple and nutritious crowd pleaser in my home when I need to get dinner on the table in a short time. The broth has a delicate balance of soy and vinegar with a hint of sweetness from the fresh basil. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour, which is high in protein and amino acids and also gluten free. You can also substitute you favorite whitefish for the salmon. Read...


Chef Malika Ameen's Crispy Parmesan Chicken

This is a sophisticated and interesting version of every kid's favorite breaded chicken that both kids and parents will love. Everyday breadcrumbs are replaced with grated Parmesan cheese which results in a lacy coating with crisp texture and nutty flavor. It takes minutes to prepare and requires only a small handful of ingredients, most of which are pantry staples. Serve it as a simple weeknight dinner with your favorite side. Read...


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