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Kwame Onwuachi shares the recipes for two of his favorite comfort foods

When in need of comfort, Kwame Onwuachi turns to saucy foods served over rice.
/ Source: TODAY

Chef, restaurateur and former "Top Chef" contestant Kwame Onwuachi is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to share some of his go-to comfort food recipes. He shows us how to make two staples of his New York City upbringing: halal cart-style chicken over rice and his mom's saucy, Creole-spiced shrimp, also over rice.

Shawarma-Roasted Chicken Over Turmeric Rice

Working in NYC as a line cook was hard for many reasons, but food from the halal cart was always a light at the end of the tunnel after a long shift. It is a complete meal that feeds most of the working class of a city that never sleeps.

Mom Duke's Shrimp

This is an homage to my own Mom Duke’s, Jewel Robinson, and her supercharged version of the peel-and-eat shrimp I grew up with. I was inspired by that dish’s addictive flavor and silky texture as well as New Orleans’ famous barbecue shrimp. The Worcestershire sauce, beer, white wine and butter — so. much. butter. — yield a highly aromatic glistening sauce, hovering right on the sea side of a traditional barbecue. I like to serve it with rice and torn French bread, though anything that sops up all that good sauce works.

If you like those flavor-packed recipes from Kwame, you should also try these:

Crispy Okra
Guisado Chicken Potpie