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15-Minute Thai Chicken with Rice Noodles
Posted By SoupAddict On February 1, 2012 @ 10:23 am In Cooking | 8 Comments
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings
1 tablespoon canola or coconut oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons good quality fish sauce
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon red curry paste (optional)
1/2 red bell pepper or 1 serrano pepper or 1 fresh Thai chili, chopped (depending on your heat preference)
1/2 teaspoon corn starch (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 package rice noodles (also called rice sticks)
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Season chicken thigh pieces with salt and pepper, and place in skillet in a single layer. Add the shallots and cook until the chicken is lightly golden on both sides, about 7 minutes.
2. In a large pot, get 6 cups of water boiling.
3. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, fish sauce, water, rice vinegar, hoisin, garlic, ginger, curry paste (if using) and peppers in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine, until sugar is dissolved.
4. When thighs are golden, add the liquid to the skillet. Bring to a good simmer and maintain to finish cooking the chicken, about 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken slightly. For a thicker sauce, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon corn starch over the top of the sauce with your fingers (to break up clumps). Stir well for one minute. If you want it thicker, add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon.
5. Remove the uncooked rice noodles from the package and, without breaking, place in a large, deep sauce pan or wide stock pot sitting on a trivet or heat-proof surface. When the water boils, remove from the and allow to settle for a few seconds, then pour over the rice noodles. The noodles will begin to soften immediately and sink into the water. Start the timer. Check the noodles after 4 minutes by picking them up with tongs to test their texture. When cooked, they’ll be just short of al dente, like regular pasta, and not at all mushy. It’s far better to slightly undercook than overcook them, as rice noodles can get very mushy. Move noodles to a clean bowl and set aside.
6. Taste the sauce, and adjust for salt and pepper as necessary. Stir in the cilantro. Serve over the rice noodles.
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