Saturday, February 7, 2015

Epic , Quick, and Easy Thai Chicken Peanut Noodle Dish

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I've got a super quick Thai dish to warm up your February weekend! (And if you add extra red pepper flakes, it could reallly warm up your night.)

 First things first:
1/2 cup fresh peanuts
1/2 cup green onion
one lime
1 can water chestnuts
1 cup sliced bell peppers
2 tsp Thai seasoning you can find in the produce are of your grocery store
1 tsp dry garlic (or fresh)
 1 cup peanut sauce (I'll also post a super quick recipe to make your own sauce, but I had this in the cabinet so, I opened it up. It was pretty tasty!)
1-2 lbs pounds of sliced chicken breasts
Your favorite Asian noodles
The peanuts can be found in bulk and keep pretty well.
 I'm not a fan of water chestnuts but my kids are so... here they go.
 I just love this stuff. I've used it in so many dishes since I bought it and it only needs a few teaspoons. All natural and certainly saves money when I was buying this ingredients fresh, in the middle of winter!
 I love this stuff. My husband prefers fresh garlic for his home salsas so we always have that on hand, but for pan frying, I really like the way the dried garlic gives off a nutty aroma. YUM.
 OK, here's a quick peanut sauce recipe if you don't have a bottle of this on hand:

 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

 1/2 cup chicken broth

 1/4 cup lemon juice

 1/4 cup soy sauce

 4 teaspoons  hot  sauce 
Whisk all those together in a saucepan on medium until the peanut butter is thoroughly incorporated. 

 OK, here's the chicken. (Sorry, Kav. Gruesome, eh? Imagine this is tofu, which I've had in this dish and it's super tasty.) Slice and brown in a pan until cooked through.
 Slice peppers, green onions and any other veggies you'd like to add. I like onion but one of my kids asked me to skip it and so i did, this time.
 Take the chicken from the pan and add a few Tbs of oil, dried garlic, and the Thai seasoning. Let it heat up and then add the peanuts, bell peppers, green onions. water chestnuts, other veggies (I had some snow peas in the fridge so I added those). Stir on medium high heat until bell peppers are sauteed.
 Add the cooked noodles, the diced and cooked chicken. Add the peanut sauce and toss gently.
Serve with a slice of lime and a small bowl of red pepper flakes if anyone wants to add extra zing. Since we have several kids who hate spicy food, and several who love it, it's best to serve most of the heat on the side.

  OK, I hope everyone is having a warm and productive February! I'm almost done with my latest book and I'm so excited to reveal it...  as soon as I can!


  1. ooooooh, this looks delish. Thank you.

  2. You're so welcome! Something a little different from the "comfort food" section.

  3. Thai is one of my very favorite type foods, so I'm excited to try this!

    I hope I can find the spice mix!

    1. Which one? The bottled sauce? There's a little recipe right underneath for a home made peanut sauce. Or if you mean the Thai paste, it's 1/2 tsp fresh cilantro, 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger, 1/2 tsp lemongrass and 1/4 tsp red chili. I just like this paste because it lasts a long time and I don't have to buy lots of the other ingredients and then they go bad. (except for ginger, which lasts a really long time).

    2. I meant the Thai paste. I love the idea of having a tube in the fridge!

    3. It lasts a really long time, up to two months. The Italian paste (which I buy in the winter because our herb garden is dead) lasts just a few weeks before we use it all, but the Thai paste takes quite a while to use up, and is fresh the whole time. Well worth the money.

  4. I love Thai food! I need to put this one on the menu. Thanks, Virginia!

    1. It's super easy and a stand-by here, but I'm hoping to branch out into other Thai dishes as soon as I can get the kids to agree to it. Right now, if I say I'm cooking something completely unknown, they just ask for this instead.

    2. When you do branch out… my favorite Thai dishes are Massaman curry, shrimp basil rolls, and coconut chicken soup.

    3. Shrimp basil rolls.... that sounds delicious!

  5. I have never tried Thai food. I can't believe I'm admitting that. I'm such a Pilgrim.

    This looks marvelous, I love peanuts mixed into dishes, and I keep my shelled ones in the freezer to keep them fresh.... and in the summer to avoid those blasted gray moths that seem to find their way into bulk foods. Mmm... thank you for this, Virginia!

    1. I've had Thai food in many states and I think the best Thai food I had was in Ontario, Canada (which I know is not one of our states, ahaha). It was just a simple place, near some casinos, so right across the border, I think. My older brother took me there for dinner when I went to visit him as a freshman in college.
      I still remember how good it was!

  6. I have to come up with something for this week.... I've been writing and painting, not cooking. I did make apple crisp today... and scalloped potatoes... but I've used both of those.... Mulling. Can I take pictures of take-out? What do you guys think??? :)

    1. Yummy! We don't have take out here. Or was that a serious question? I love seeing people's dinner. I really do. (Except, sometimes not at 3AM when I'm just about to go to bed.) One of my friends goes to a great Indian restaurant in Nashville and always takes pictures (verrrry quietly) of the dishes and posts long explanations and descriptions. I enjoy them so much since I've never had Indian food!

    2. We had Indian over the weekend with my son, for his birthday dinner. There were 10 of us, and we tried all kinds of dishes and passed them around the table. I should have taken photos!! It was really tasty (and I ordered mine mild since I'm a wimp). :)

    3. Oooooh, yes! Someday I'm going to try and make some Indian food but since I've never tasted it, I'm afraid I'll be handicapped. I've had curry before, but my friend tells me Indian food is MUCH more than curry.

    4. P.S. We just got back from a birthday lunch at a Mexican restaurant. I didn't take pictures because... rice, beans, enchiladas and burritos. You know, the usual.

  7. I love Thai food. Pad Thai is my favorite. Your recipe looks amazing. What a treat for your family. And knowing it's easy to make is fantastic. I think I might try to make this since we're expecting more snow and it seems like upscale comfort food. I'll let you know how it turns out.