Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thai Peanut Noodles


Thai curry paste is a superhero of flavor in any recipe you make. It reminds me of a bunch of clowns in a tiny car. Thai curry paste often comes in a petite little jar, but it has so much flavor and makes anything you cook taste like you put a ton of ingredients in it. The red paste is my favorite. It is spicy, tangy and it is so versatile in so many dishes.

One of my favorite ways to use this is with rice noodles with chicken and vegetables. The sauce is so yummy and rich but takes very little time to whip up. 

Try this out and you will love it!


1 to 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 green bell peppers, chopped 
3 Tablespoons red Thai curry paste
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 can of coconut milk
1 teaspoon chicken base
1 package of straight cut rice noodles
cilantro, chopped
red pepper flakes (optional)

Season both sides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the vegetable oil. 

Brown both sides of the chicken until the outside is golden. You could cut the chicken into small pieces now, but I really think the meat stays the most tender and juicy when the meat is left whole until the end.

Remove the browned chicken from the pan and set aside for a few minutes. Add in the green pepper and saute for about 2 minutes. Add in the curry paste, peanut butter, coconut milk, and chicken base. Stir this until the mixture combines. Return the chicken to the pan, reduce the heat to medium low and cover until the meat is done on the inside. This should take about 15 minutes.

When the chicken is almost done soaking up all that yummy sauce, throw the rice noodles into boiling water. Cook these for only about 4 to 5 minutes, just until they are almost tender.

Once the rice noodles are done, take out the chicken and cut the meat into bite sized pieces. Add the noodles to the pot and stir the whole mixture together. If you want to add a little more spice, add in the red pepper flakes. 

Just before serving, add in the cilantro and give it one last stir. This is a great dish to spice up any weeknight meal!

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