Friday, May 8, 2009

Chicken in Plum Sauce and Pad Thai Noodles

Cook some Thai food tonight! It’s easy, versatile, quick, and so dang tasty. You can throw in whatever veggies you have on hand—that’s exactly what I did and tweak the flavors to suit your style. I love cooking Asian food. Makes you feel like you're having take-out at home.

Chicken in Plum Sauce -

Normally, we cook this on the grill but since Mother Nature didn't cooperate, we cooked it in the oven and tasted incredible.

Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 small onion coarsely chopped and 5 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped and cook until wilted. Add 1 tablespoons of coarsely chopped ginger, 1 Thai chile pepper coarsely chopped, 1/2 teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice Powder and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1 8 ounce jar of plum sauce, 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of soy sauce and juice from one lime. Cook until mixture has thickened. Place entire contents of sauce pan into a food processor and mix until smooth. Let cool.

Grill - Preheat grill Season 5 chicken thighs and 5 dumsticks, bone in, skin on with salt and pepper to taste. Grill, on 1 side for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn the chicken over, brush with the sauce and continue grilling for 3 to 4 minutes, turn over and brush with sauce. Continue grilling and brushing with the sauce until the chicken is cooked through.

Oven - Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season same quantity of chicken as in grilling method with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a 9 x 13 oven safe dish and cook for 30 minutes. Brush with plum sauce and cook for 15 minutes longer. Continue baking and brushing with sauce until chicken is cooked through.


Pad Thai Noodles -

Soak 8 ounces of the dried wide rice noodles in warm water for 30 minutes. Drain the noodles thoroughly in a colander and set aside.

Heat a wok or large high sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the skillet and scramble 2 eggs. Remove eggs from skillet and set aside. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce, 2 tablespoons of tamari sauce or regular soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of water and set aside. Add 1 more tablespoon of vegetable oil to the skill and add one package of frozen stir fry vegetables. Cook vegetables for about 3 minutes, then add the softened rice noodles. Stir fry for about 4 minutes and a a drizzle (About 1 teaspoon) of sesame oil. Stir to combine. Add Hoisin sauce mixture and keep stirring to thoroughly combine. Add scrambled egg and 2 shallots, roughly chopped, give it a quick stir, squeeze a lime over the top and serve.

One more thing - have a great weekend!



46 comments:

Penny said...

Katherine, Love Thai food. This sounds wonderful. I wish you well on the job hunt.

doggybloggy said...

I need to make some pad thai now that you mention it...yours looks great!

sherri said...

I've actually never made Thai food. I don't know why, especially after seeing this recipe!

gigi said...

I've never made Thai food. Don't know if the sweetheart would go for it or not. Anyways... Happy Mother's Day weekend.
Still praying :)

Motte Valois said...

Hello there! You're so sweet! Thank you for the lovely comment you posted on my website today. It really makes a whole difference to know someone enjoy your works. By the way, I made some delicious Thai chicken this last weekend...Yummy!
Thanks for your great recipes!
A big hug from NZ

Cathy said...

Your pad thai looks fabulous! Hope you have a great weekend!

teresa said...

Droooooool. I love Thai food, this looks incredible!

Netts Nook said...

Wow Katherine this looks like a winner chicken dinner thanks for sharing.

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

This all looks so good! I love Pad Thai, but for some reason have been reluctant to make it. Now I might have to take the plunge :) Happy Friday!

TavoLini said...

All right, you talked me into it :)

Seriously, I just got some green curry and coconut milk last night at the grocery--Thai is definitely on the menu this weekend.

I love how your pad thai looks--great pics!!

Marjie said...

Nice and colorful! What could be better on a dreary night?

A friend's daughter is getting married tomorrow in your neck of the woods. I hope for your sake and hers that you have good weather. Happy Mother's day weekend, Katherine!

Pam said...

What a fantastic meal! I love, love, love Pad Thai. This really looks terrific.

Debbie said...

Looks like a wonderful and tasty dish, Katherine. I have been in the mood for this kind of food lately and will have to try it! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Sweta said...

I love the spiciness of Thai food and the fact that they use so much coconut milk :)
Never tried chicken with plum sauce-the pad thai is an all time fave!

Chef E said...

I love the chicken and pad thai! My students just made the noodles yesterday...

Elra said...

Yummy!
Making Asian noodle is my weekness. I seem to always manage to ruin it. My family know this, and they never let me make it. I am not giving up though...
I shall practice making this Pad Thai.
Delicious as always Katherine!
Have a wonderful weekend,
elra

Bridgett said...

Katherine, you always amaze me with the fantastic recipes you make. The plum chicken sounds delicious!

Mary said...

You put 2 of my favorite things on the same plate. These are both wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing.

buffalodick said...

Simply put- I want some! Plum sauce with a bit of heat is a sacred flavor in my book!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh good. Chicken to make me happy and noodles for Ben! A proper feast.

Have a fabulous Mother's Day!

pigpigscorner said...

The chicken looks sooo good! Yummy flavours! I'm bookmarking this!

girlichef said...

What a beautiful and satisfying dish! Thai food sounds so yummy right now!

Dawn said...

I eat way too many spicy pad thai noodles, it's no wonder that my tastebuds haven't burned right off. I must try that plum sauce though.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I haven't have much Thai food..but my hubs LOVES it. I really have to try this, I think it will get me serious points!

melissa said...

Thai food is my favorite cuisine, hands down. I eat it 2 to 3 times per week. This looks like a delicious take on pad thai and with the chicken? Yum.

(though I would probably up the chiles from 1 to 10!)

Hope all is well Katherine!

Lynda said...

I'll have to try this tasty looking dish! My husband and I love Thai, but I've not tried to make it. Now, I'm hungry!

Debbie said...

We love Pad Thai but I've never made it. I'll have to give it a try.
We are in for some more storms tonight, aren't we? I'm tired of rain.

justjoycee said...

We never have cooked Thai food at home, but lately I have had to urge to try....and this looks so good.

Hornsfan said...

Katherine - this looks wonderful, I love Thai and I love cooking it for myself (it's one of those things that makes me feel very accomplished) :)

Donna-FFW said...

Looks fantastic Katherine.. I love this dish, both dishes. I am going to try them. They look so so delcious. Nicely done. Did you make up the recipe yourself?

Andrea said...

We love Thai food in our house...can't wait to try this! The photos as always are mouth watering! :)

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

ooh, I love plum sauce, but I haven't had it in ages ad kind of forgot about it! thanks for posting this!

Reeni♥ said...

I love your Pad Thai! And your chicken sounds really good-I've never had plum sauce. I'm very curious now to try it out. Delicious meal!

5 Star Foodie said...

Pad thai is my favorite Thai dish and yours looks excellent! The chicken with plum sauce sounds very good!

Kristen said...

I'm having a love affair with Thai food and these these are going on my list to try!

Selba said...

Pad Thai is one of my favorite Thai dish.. yumm....

The chicken in Plum sauce looks so delicious.

burpandslurp said...

funny. I've just been thinking how I'd like to tackle some pad thai just this morning! can this be...blogger telepathy?

Cheryl said...

I wish I had the guts to try to make Thai Food, yours looks absolutely yummy!

Bunny said...

This looks delicious, I've never made a dish like this before. I'm bookmarking this to make!

Julie said...

That chicken looks really yummy!

Katy said...

Chicken looks so good! This will be a definite in our house; I'm always on the lookout for new and delicious chicken recipes and this looks like a sure winner!! YUMMERS!

Happy Mother's Day!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great recipe. I love plum sauce and Thai food. Hope you had a wonderful mothers day.
Sam

Cathy said...

I LOVE Thai food but have never cooked it at home. You're inspiring me here, Katherine! I can't wait to try the chicken and the noodles!

tamilyn said...

This looks so good-I can just imagine all the flavors! Another great recipe Katherine!

Chris said...

Wow, that sounds like a great dish for the grill! Mind if I steal this for next weekend? ;)

duodishes.com said...

Mmm mmm good. Plum sauce is great on chicken.