February 08, 2012

Thai Peanut Chicken and Noodles

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Last week I had the Lean Cuisine Thai Chicken and Noodles frozen meal for lunch a couple of days.  I loved it so much that the second day, when I went to the store to get it for lunch, I didn't even care that it wasn't on sale.  That is a sign of a good meal!  I am so addicted to anything that has peanut sauce and pasta that I started thinking that I could make something similar and I could probably even make it better.

I will definitely make this again but next time I will leave the chicken off my plate.  Grumpy can have it all.  I'd rather have some crispy tofu coated with that yummy sauce.  The frozen meal doesn't have cilantro or heat (at least if its in there I couldn't tell) but it is still really good.  Maybe a little sweeter than this one though.  In any case, its a great frozen meal to have on hand to take to work for lunch!
So now I have two versions of peanutty noodles that I can enjoy.  The Lean Cuisine one - for those days I need my fix and don't have the time and my homemade version.  Grumpy enjoyed the dish also.  He pretty much is happy when I make anything with pasta.  I've been using the Dreamfield pasta since we found out about his diabetes.  I'm not really certain if it makes a difference but it certainly tastes great.
This is my submission to this week's Presto Pasta Nights.  I missed it last week, and believe me, it was not on purpose.  I just didn't have an inspirational night last week when it came to pasta.  So, I am happy to be able to submit this week!  If your interested in joining in this week, you still have time.  You can get the information for submission on the Presto Pasta Night's webpage.
Thai Peanut Chicken and Noodles
Other Thai Recipes you may enjoy!
Thai Coconut Noodles with Pan Seared Tilapia - Life Currents
Thai Basil Chicken - Rasa Malaysia (your going to find multitudes of awesome recipes here!)

Thai Peanut Chicken and Noodles

3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 2 limes)
1/2 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon ground fresh ginger
1 lbs chicken breast tenders, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup julienned carrots
2 scallions, thinly sliced.
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon, packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes, or to taste
3/4 pound spaghetti
2 scallions including green tops, chopped
Chopped Cilantro (optional)
1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

In a medium shallow glass dish combine the 3 tablespoons soy sauce, the 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 tablespoon of oil, the garlic, and ginger. Add the chicken; turn to coat. Let marinate at least 10 minutes.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until just done following package instructions, drain and set aside until ready to assemble.

While pasta is cooking mix peanut sauce and cook chicken.  Place peanut butter in a medium, microwave safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds.  Remove peanut butter from microwave and whisk in 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons lime juice, broth, sugar, salt, and red-pepper flakes.  Set aside.

Heat a non-stick deep skillet over moderate heat. Stir-fry the chicken until browned and just done, 4 to 5 minutes.  Add carrots and scallions and stir fry one minute more.  Add the peanut sauce to the chicken and scallions and stir to coat.  Add pasta and toss with tongs to coat with sauce.  Top with the chopped peanuts and cilantro if desired.

Other Thai Inspired Recipes you may enjoy!
Sandie - A New York Foodie, Thai Lemon Shrimp
Marion- Our Life Tastes Good, Grilled Thai Chicken Thighs
Renee - Renee's Kitchen Adventures, Grilled Peanut Ginger Chicken
Michele - Flavor Mosaic, Texas Thai Tacos


Veronica Miller said...

Sounds and looks amazing! I love peanut sauce--very good idea to recreate the frozen dinner so you could have it cheaper at home!

Pegasuslegend said...

Shelby as soon as I saw the peanut butter in this recipe I went YUM!!!!!! We love this style chicken and yours looks super fabulous!

Lili said...

this is good. nice adding some peanut on it. I also want to prepare this kind of recipe for my husband. he will like this for sure :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This looks delicious. I need more easy meals that have Asian twists to it and this works perfectly.

teresa said...

YUM!!! i LOVE peanut sauce too, this looks amazing!

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

scrummity! Thanks for taking part this week :)

Leslie said...

Ohhhhhh ahhhh. I love peanut sauces!

Ruth Daniels said...

Has me drooling. Perhaps I should have some of this for breakfast ;-) Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Andrew's Mom said...

Shelby - I love love love anything with peanut sauce!

Donalyn said...

this looks great Shelby - I have been working on a similar recipe myself - love the combo!

Sam (a.k.a. the Quantum Vegan) said...

My family LOVES peanut noodles, so this looks great to me! And it would be easy to veganize. I'd like to give it a shot sometime!

Michelle said...

This is the 2nd time I've made this recipe. My family loves it, including my 5,4 and 18 month old sons.

pdh360 said...

mmm this is good stuff! I like to use yakisoba noodles but spaghetti is definitely frugal and tastes good.

HeiLin (Heidy McCallum) said...

Loving this recipe. Thai food is one of my favorites! Also love the addition of lime juice to it!!!! Definitely thinking of making this one!!

Christie Daruwalla said...

I love anything Thai. These noodles are calling my name.

Sara Glover said...

I've never made a peanut sauce but this looks so good I think I'll have to now!

Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads said...

This looks and sounds like a must try! Love this recipe!

Michele @ Flavor Mosaic said...

This looks like it would be delicious. This is something I would love for lunch!

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