Fast, easy, delicious, healthy, affordable, and unique. Seriously, what more can you ask for in a meal? (And the "Thai" is in quotes because I made up the recipe myself. It's Thai inspired, but I'm not sure how authentic it really is.)
"Thai" Peanut Noodles
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
3 TBSP olive oil
12 oz linguini
1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 fresh lime
1 TBSP fresh grated ginger (or dried)
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup honey
1 big handful fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
1) Cut the chicken into 1" cubes. Season with pepper and the zest from the lime (grate off the outside green part, but don't go so deep it turns white.) Heat a large skillet or wok. Add oil, and then add the chicken. Let cook for about 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned.
2) Meanwhile, boil a big pot of water. Cook pasta according to package directions.
3) Add the vegetables to the chicken and toss to combine. Let cook on high heat for about 5 minutes, to cook vegetables.
4) Mix together remaining sauce ingredients: Soy sauce, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, lime juice, and honey. It may be a little gloppy.
5) Pour sauce over vegetables and chicken and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium low and hold it there until the noodles are done cooking.
6) When noodles are done, drain them and toss them in with the peanut sauce, chicken, and vegetables. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
-For Vegetarian, use frozen, shelled Edamame or even little shrimp.
-For Gluten-Free, use a good rice pasta fettucini.
-Buy your favorite bag of stir fry mix. My favorites have carrots, snow peas, onions, peppers, water chestnuts, and mushrooms. Of course you can chop fresh veggies instead of frozen. I just like the convenience of frozen in this dish.