THAI STYLE SWEET AND SPICY CHICKEN SALAD

Sweet and crispy chicken salad

DRESSING

1 tbsp miso paste

1 tbsp grated ginger

Juice of 2 limes (and zest if you like it really filled with lime!)

½ garlic clove, minced

1 chopped scallion

1 tbsp sriracha sauce

1 tsp raw sugar

1 tbsp fish sauce

½ tsp kosher salt

Blend well, and gradually stir in:  ½ – ¾ cup of vegetable oil – to taste

 

MARINADE

1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

2 tbsp chili paste

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp grated ginger

1 minced garlic clove

 

2 good size chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

Thin cut Chinese egg noodles (fresh is best)

Green Salad

Sesame seeds

Peanuts

Bean sprouts

 

Cut chicken into bite size pieces and allow to marinate for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.

A few minutes before frying stir in 1 tbsp corn starch.

 

Make a green salad using whatever ingredients are jumping out at you – make it nice and crunchy!

 

Cook the egg noodles according to package directions and allow to cool – rinse with warm water if they end up in a clump – the water always brings them back.

 

Toast the sesame seeds and peanuts

 

The chicken needs to be cooked fairly quickly so it gets nice and crispy – you can do this in a wok using a bit of peanut oil, in a fry pan, a deep fryer, or on the grill with a wok basket. 

 

While the chicken is cooking, bring the rest of the marinade to a boil – allow to boil for a few minutes until it is thick and has reduced slightly.  Stir warm into the salad dressing and allow to sit while you assemble the salad:

 

Noodles on the bottom – drizzle with a bit of the dressing

Salad

Chicken

Top with bean sprouts, peanuts and sesame seeds

Drizzle more salad dressing over top

Thai Barbecue Chicken

Wherever you go in Thailand you can smell barbecue chicken!  At home I can’t reproduce that smoky, cooked over an old grate on top of wood smell and feeling, but this chicken is amazing.  So simple too.  I have another recipe I use for bbq’d Thai chicken that contains about 30 ingredients.  The simplicity of this recipe makes it  winner for anyone to try.

1/2 fresh chicken, cut into small pieces, OR 4-8 fresh chicken thighs

MARINADE

  • 2 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce (OR 1 more Tbsp. regular soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. sherry
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. black peppercorns, crushed with mortar and pestle or spice grinder (or more or less pepper to taste)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. grated or minced ginger

DIPPING SAUCE/GLAZE

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
  • 1-2 fresh red chilies, minced – or 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Combine all marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag and stir/squeeze  well to dissolve the sugar. Put chicken in bag and give it a generous massage.

This is amazing with even just 1 hour to marinate, but if you leave it in the fridge overnight, so much better.  (One of my favorite tricks is to do this ahead of time and just put it in the freezer until you need a quick meal!)

To make the dipping sauce/glaze, place all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Stir occasionally and allow it to thicken and reduce until it is that  perfect blend of all Thai dishes – a mixture of sweet, sour, salty and spicy.

Tip: this sauce can be served warm, at room temperature, or cold, so you can easily make it ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until needed.

Brush or spray grill,  then grill the chicken, turning occasionally. Brush the chicken with the leftover marinade for the first 10 minutes or so, then discard marinade.

Serve with the dipping sauce on the side, OR spoon a little sauce over each piece of chicken as a glaze before serving.  We loved it served with a Thai curry and jasmine rice … soooo yummy!