SHRIMP PAD THAI

This recipe is the PERFECT downsized recipe for 2! This flavor combination offers a complex salty AND sweet yet spicy AND pungent flavor with just enough acidity from the lime for balance in the sauce. Add in the sauteed shrimp, the scrambled egg, salty peanuts and crunchy bean sprouts and scallions that balance out the texture and flavors for a complete meal.

SHRIMP PAD THAI
SAUCE
2 LARGE limes, juiced, about 3 +/- tablespoons
3 tablespoons water
2 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil (or other neutral oil)
3 teaspoons rice vinegar (I often use seasoned – flavor of choice)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Whisk all together and set aside.

NOODLES & SHRIMP
4 ounces WIDE rice noodles
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 shallot, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 LARGE egg, lightly beaten
1 cup bean sprouts
2 tablespoons crushed dry roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped cilantro (for garnish – optional)

  • Bring 4 quarts of water to boil.Remove from heat, add rice noodles and let stand 10 minutes until noodles are tender. Drain noodles and set aside.
  • Pat shrimp dry.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add shrimp and a pinch of salt, sauteing 2-3 minutes until shrimp are opaque.
  • Transfer to a plate.
  • Add remaining oil to skillet.
  • When oil is shimmering add shallots and garlic, sauteing until light golden brown.
  • Add in egg and cook 20-30 seconds until scrambled.
  • Add noodles, tossing to mix.
  • Add sauce, tossing continually to coat for 1-2 minutes until well blended and coated in sauce.
  • Add bean sprouts, peanuts, scallions and shrimp, tossing to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

NOTE: As a quick cheat I use pre-prepared yakisoba noodles from my butcher to replace the rice noodles.

ORANGE CHILE CHICKEN

ORANGE CHILE CHICKEN

SAUCE
1/2 cup oyster sauce
1/2 cup sugar
3 ounces orange juice
3 ounces rice wine vinegar (unseasoned)
1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed into the rice wine vinegar as a slurry
2 tablespoons BRAGG’S liquid aminos
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 drop red food coloring, optional 

  • Add the oyster sauce, sugar, orange juice, vinegar-cornstarch slurry, liquid aminos, hoisin sauce, paprika and food coloring into a 1-quart saucepan, bring the heat up to medium.
  • Whisk gently as it comes to a simmer.
  • Allow to simmer, keep whisking for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and reserve.

CHICKEN
1 1/2 quarts neutral oil, for deep frying
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 1/2 cups tempura flour  

  • Heat the oil in a 4-quart Dutch oven to 375°.
  • Rinse the chicken in cold water and pat dry.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup tempura flour over the chicken cubes and toss to lightly dredge, shaking off the excess.
  • Mix the remaining 1 1/2 cups of tempura flour with 1 cup cold water to make a thin batter, it should look like pancake batter.
  • Coat dredged chicken pieces in batter.
  • Fry in batches until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels. 

ASSEMBLY
2 tablespoons neutral oil, I use avocado
3-4 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
Fried chicken pieces, from above
2 to 3 scallions, cut on the bias into 2-inch lengths
1/2 yellow onion, cut into large dice
Orange Chicken Sauce, from above
Fried Rice, recipe follows, or steamed rice, for serving

  • Heat a large skillet to high and add the oil.
  • When you see the first wisps of white smoke, stir in the garlic, ginger and chicken pieces, cooking and stirring for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the scallions, onion and reserved sauce turning to coat and simmer to heat through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve over chow mien or fried rice or steamed rice. 

ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

2 chicken breasts

MARINADE
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped

  • In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients.
  • Add chicken into the bowl, coat the chicken, and marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  • Fully cook chicken and cut into cubes.

VINAIGRETTE
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • In a mason jar, combine ingredients for the dressing.
  • Shake and set aside.

SALAD
2 romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup red cabbage
½ cup carrots, grated
¼ cup green onions, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
¼ cup almond slices
¼ cup fried wonton chips

  • Add all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl and add the cubed chicken and dressing.
  • Toss and enjoy!

NOTES: Get creative and add in ANYTHING you’d like; tomatoes,diced celery, red onions, hard boiled eggs, mandarin oranges…

SWEET & SPICY ORANGE CHILE CHICKEN THIGHS

SWEET & SPICY ORANGE CHILE CHICKEN THIGHS
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons avocado oil 
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (see note)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper 
1/3 cup WONDRA flour
1 cup chicken stock 
1/2 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup cream sherry 
1/4 cup brown sugar 
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 
2 tablespoons sesame oil 
1 large Vidalia onion, sliced thin
1 small crown of broccoli, cleaned and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally 

2 tablespoons chili paste 
2 tablespoons minced ginger 
3 cloves garlic, minced 
4 scallions, sliced thin
Prepared Yakisoba noodles

  • Heat the butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add carrots and broccoli pieces, sauteing 7-8 minutes until softened. With a slotted spoon remove from pan and set aside as you prep chicken.
  • Add remaining butter and oil to skillet.
  • Generously sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  • LIGHTLY dredge in WONDRA flour, shaking off the excess.
  • Sear chicken until golden on ALL sides.
  • Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the chicken stock, soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, hoisin sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the onions, chili paste, ginger, garlic and scallions to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the sauce and deglaze the pan.
  • Add noodles, stirring to combine.
  • Return chicken and veggies to pan, simmering 4-5 minutes until heated through and sauce begins to thicken.
  • Spoon sauce over and around the chicken and noodles.

NOTE:

This recipe originally called for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, but I changed it out to make a more user friendly dish 😀

BEEF YAKISOBA

BEEF YAKISOBA

1 tablespoon avocado oil
1/2 pound shaved top sirloin steak
6 ounces soba noodles, prepared per package directions
3/4 – 1 inch chunk of ginger, cleaned and minced
1 cup snap peas, trimmed
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
6 mushrooms, clean and sliced
1/4 cup Yakisoba sauce (recipe below)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in large skillet.
  • Add steak strips and stir fry 3-5 minutes until browned and cooked through. With a slotted spoon remove to a plate.
  • Add mushrooms, sautéing 3-5 minutes until softened and fragrant.
  • Add ginger and snap peas, sautéing another 2-3 minutes until peas are crisp-tender.
  • Return beef and half of the scallions to the pan, stirring to mix.
  • Add noodles and toss well.
  • Whisk together the water, beef stock and yakisoba sauce.
  • Add to pan and toss to coat in sauce as you heat through 1-2 minutes.
  • Garnish with remaining green onions and sesame seeds.

HOMEMADE YAKISOBA SAUCE

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (If you can find it, the Japanese brand “Bulldog” Worcestershire sauce is milder and less sour than Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce)
4 teaspoons oyster sauce
4 teaspoons ketchup (Some ketchup is sweeter than others, adjust accordingly for flavor)
2 teaspoons Bragg’s Liquid amino (less sodium than soy sauce, but same flavor)
2 teaspoons sugar (Adjust as needed)

  • Whisk all the ingredients together.
  • TASTE and adjust to your liking.
  • Set aside.
You can store in a mason jar or airtight container for up to a month.

GINGER TAMARI CHICKEN & VEGGIES with NOODLES

Every now and then I try a food delivery service to see how they rate. I choose recipes I’ve never made before, but recipes that I believe I will make again without the need of having the ingredients delivered. This is one of those recipes that I have slightly adapted to ingredients I have on hand regularly. This recipe fits that need.

I’m also subscribing for the next 3 months to a fairly new service from Pampered Chef for a Seasoning series that I will keep you updated about.

Craving noodles? This recipe will feed that craving BIG TIME with its tender chicken and fragrant sauce full of flavor. The FRESHNESS of the sugar snap peas and cabbage add a delicious crunch and balance the meal to perfection.

 

GINGER TAMARI CHICKEN & VEGGIES with NOODLES

3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
toasted sesame seeds
4 cup shredded cabbage blend
2 ounces BETTER THAN chicken concentrate
1 ounce Tamari (Japanese soy sauce) or Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or your favorite FLAVORED rice wine vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
6 ounces, bucatini, square spaghetti or linguine
1 ounce FRESH ginger
1 SMALL bunch green onions
1 cup sugar snap peas

  • 
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Pat chicken dry, then cut into ¼-inch thick strips.
  • Trim snap peas, then cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces.
  • Trim scallions, then thinly slice on bias.
  • Peel and finely chop ginger.


  • Add noodles to boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost al dente, 8–9 minutes.
  • Reserve ½ cup cooking water, then drain.
  • Add all of the tamari, chicken broth concentrate, and 2 teaspoons each of vinegar and sugar to reserved cooking water, whisking until sugar dissolves, Set aside.
  • 

Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high.
  • Add chicken to skillet and cook, stirring and turning, about 3 minutes until cooked through and just beginning to turn golden.
  • Add chopped ginger and half of the scallions and cook, stirring, until aromatics are fragrant and chicken is cooked through, about 30 seconds.
  • Transfer to a plate.

Heat more oil in same skillet over high if necessary.
  • Add snap peas, 4 cups shredded cabbage, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to skillet and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender and browned in spots, about 3 minutes.
  • 
Add tamari-broth mixture to skillet with vegetables, stirring to combine.


  • Transfer noodles, chicken and any resting juices, and 1¼ teaspoon sesame seeds to skillet with vegetables and sauce.
  • Cook, stirring, until sauce coats pasta, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve chicken with noodles garnished with remaining scallions and sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!



NOTE: I usually use Bragg’s liquid aminos because the sodium is much less than traditional soy sauce and I find very little difference in flavor. Tamari takes it a step further by being higher in protein, containing anti0oxidants and being much smoother in flavor. It is also less likely to contain the additives and preservatives that traditional soy sauce does. These are all based on personal preference and availability.

TERIYAKI BEEF & VEGGIES

TERIYAKI BEEF & VEGGIES
1 1/2 pounds thin flank or flat iron steak
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 bunches green onions, sliced on bias
3 carrots, peeled and sliced on bias
2 cups snow peas, trimmed of strings and ends
2-3 mini peppers, seeded and cut into rings
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4-1/3 cup chopped cilantro, optional

  • Whisk together teriyaki sauce, water, vinegar and cornstarch.
  • Pat steak dry and GENEROUSLY season with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in skillet.
  • Add steak and cook 2-3 minutes per side until 125°.
  • Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil.

 

  • Add remaining oil to skillet.
  • Add carrots to hot oil for 2 minutes.
  • Add onions, snow peas and pepper rings, stirring to sear.
  • Add garlic, stirring until fragrant.
  • Transfer the vegetables to a platter and keep warm.
  • Add ALL the juices into the skillet along with the teriyaki mixture simmering 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  • Slice steak on bias and add steak to the sauce, turning to coat.
  • Add steak and sauce to vegetables on the platter.
  • Serve over rice.

VIETNAMESE CUCUMBER SALAD

VIETNAMESE CUCUMBER SALAD
2 pounds Persian or Japanese cucumbers, semi-peeled (stripes) and thinly sliced*
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 large stalk celery, diced small
1/2 cup cilantro, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (OPTIONAL)
1/4 cup avocado oil
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, liquid aminos, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cucumbers, celery, jalapeno, green onions and cilantro.
  • Pour marinade over greens and toss well.
  • Add peanuts and toss again.
  • Serve and enjoy!

ASIAN CHICKEN ALA SLOW COOKER

ASIAN CHICKEN ALA SLOW COOKER serves 4
adapted from Karina at CafeDelites

2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts and chicken thighs
1/2 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1/3 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup QUALITY honey
3 packed tablespoons brown sugar
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1 small bunch green onions/scallions sliced for garnish
1 tablespoons white and black sesame seeds, to garnish

  • Spray your slow cooker bowl with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the liquid aminos, oyster sauce, honey, brown sugar and garlic.
  • Place chicken into the sauce, turning to coat.
  • Layer chicken pieces into slow cooker in a single layer if possible.
  • Pour remaining sauce over top.
  • Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low setting.
  • During the last hour of cooking, whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  • Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce until well blended.
  • Recover and allow sauce to thicken and the chicken is just beginning to fall apart.
  • Season with salt and pepper as necessary.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

SPICY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN & BROCCOLI – SHEET PAN STYLE

SPICY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN & BROCCOLI – SHEET PAN STYLE
1/4 cup QUALITY honey
1/4 cup QUALITY peanut butter
1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Frank’s original hot sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 LARGE limes, juiced
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons avocado oil
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper, to taste
3 1/4 pounds skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
Prepared white rice

  • Whisk together honey, peanut butter, liquid aminos, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lime juice, 1/2 cup avocado oil, salt and pepper.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of the sauce and set aside.
  • Add the chicken pieces and remaining sauce to a large ziploc bag.  Seal and refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line a baking tray with foil.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place on baking tray.  Cover lightly with foil for the first 20 minutes.  As you can see I forgot this time and it got a bit crispy, but still tasted wonderful.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes until chicken skin is crisp and chicken registers 165°.
  • At 25 minutes, toss broccoli florets with 2 tablespoons avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add to baking tray and return to oven.for final 15 minutes.
  • Serve with rice and remaining sauce.

CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN

CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN
This is just like crispy peanut butter  served in many Chinese restaurants.

CHICKEN
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken tenders
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 LARGE egg
FRESH ground salt and pepper
2-3 cups crushed Corn Flakes
Avocado Oil

  • Whisk together the milk, peanut butter, and egg.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Soak your chicken in this mixture for 15 minutes.
  • Drain chicken pieces.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in Corn Flakes.
  • Cook in hot oil, flipping once, until browned on both sides and cooked through.
  • Serve over prepared rice.
    Drizzle with peanut butter sauce.

SAUCE
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or maybe a little more)
3 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 -3/4 cup water (Adjust to desired thickness)
Drizzle of honey

  • Combine sauce ingredients in bowl or microwave safe measuring cup. Start with 1/4 cup of water and add more later to reach your desired consistency.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds and then whisk to thoroughly combine.
  • Microwave another 30 seconds until hot – Add water a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Whisk again and pour over sliced chicken, or dip chicken pieces in sauce.
  • You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and reheat as needed.

SLOW COOKER GINGER CHICKEN & SLAW

SLOW COOKER GINGER CHICKEN & SLAW
CHICKEN

1/4 cup apricot jam
2 tablespoons ketchup (Jalapeno ketchup adds a bit of a kick)
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 tablespoons FRESH grated ginger
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped small
1 red Jalapeno pepper, chopped small
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the apricot jam, ketchup, liquid aminos and ginger in 5 quart slow cooker.
  • Add onion, garlic, jalapeno and chicken, tossing to coat.
  • Cook covered 4-5 hours on low, until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer chicken to cutting board and shred.
  • Return chicken to slow cooker.
  • Stir in rice vinegar.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • 1 cup long grain white rice, prepared 25-30 minutes before serving according to package directions.

SLAW
1/4 small red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1 small green onions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon avocado oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

  • Toss all together.
  • Season to taste.
  • Serve chicken over rice with slaw.
  • Top with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.