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15-Minute Thai Chicken with Rice Noodles
Posted By SoupAddict On February 1, 2012 @ 10:23 am In Autumn,Dinner + Entrees,Pasta, Rice + Grains,Savory Cooking,Winter | 9 Comments
By all accounts, dinner time at Casa SoupAddict should be a sigh of relief, getting behind the stove after a day of not being behind the stove and doing lots of thing that have nothing to do with cooking or gardening. Or napping. (Yes, SoupAddict loves the nap.)
But during the week, I can’t say that’s always true (about dinner, not the nap — it’s oh-so-very true that I love da nap).
I have just the teeny tiniest bit of suspicion that maybe ya’ll can relate: It’s 6:30, it’s been a long day, and miles to go, and all that stuff. Dinner is just another hurdle to clear.
On those days, I have an arsenal of go-to dishes that can be made in under 30 minutes, tastes comfort-food great, and won’t break the health bank (or the wealth bank, for that matter). And Thai chicken with rice noodles is one of those recipes.
I love rice noodles. Big time
Here’s a tip about rice noodles that I’ve learned from the School of Hard Knocks: don’t follow the package directions. Don’t boil rice noodles. Soak them in hot-hot-hot water for 15-25 minutes (depending on the cut of the noodle – wider noodles will take longer, natch) — water that’s been boiled and removed from the heat to stop bubbling. Keep an eye on them — don’t walk away. Remove them from the water the instant they reach al dente.
Unlike wheat pasta, which goes from perfectly al dente to aw-snap! limp when overcooked, rice noodles go from perfectly al dente to eeww-inedible-mush in the blink of an eye.
Thai chicken with rice noodles is one of those happy surprise recipes that came about by throwing Thai-ish ingredients into a bowl, whisking it all about, and dumping it over some chicken. And it turns out right every time.
It was years before I actually thought to write down my Thai chicken with rice noodles recipe, with measurements, and I only recently changed it up by using rice noodles instead of pasta — lovely, lovely lovely.
But if it’s just been one of those days and you can’t look another pan in the face and can only bear to do minute rice in the microwave, I won’t tell. It’s all good — pasta, rice, rice noodles … and even right out of the pan standing over the stove.
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