Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thai High Thighs and Thai Me Up Stir Fried Noodles

Alexis left for Florida tonight to visit her mother and aunts so it is me and the two boys (21 & 10) for a few days. Burgers, dogs, and pizza? Not so far.

I had some chicken thighs, a bottle of Mr. Yoshida's Original Sweet and Savory sauce. It had a suggestion of mixing the sauce and peanut butter for a quick "Thai peanut sauce". While not real Thai, it inspired me to have some fun and Thai one on.


Grilled Thai High Thighs

Ingredients
4 ea chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
1/2 cup Mr. Yoshida's Original Sweet & Savory (sub a thin teriyaki)
3 Tablespoons peanut butter, chunky
1 ea dried red chili pepper, seeded and crumbled

Instructions
Mix the teriyaki sauce, peanut putter and red pepper together. Marinade the thighs in the sauce for 2 hours. If you like it hotter, add in the seeds from the chili pepper.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off excess marinade. Place on a 375-400f grill over direct heat for 5 minutes. Flip and cook over direct heat for another 5 minutes.

[On the Big Green Egg, this was done using a grid extender so the meat is about 8-10 inches from the heat source.]

Move to indirect heat (adding the plate setter on an Egg. For a gas grill, you have one side or burner on and put the meat over an unheated area and close the lid) and cook at the same temp until the thighs hit 180f internal temp. This takes about 10-15 minutes at the 4oof cooking temp.

I cheated and whisked up some more Yoshida sauce and peanut butter to use as a glaze as the thighs came off the grill. Garnish with thinly sliced green onion or some cilantro.

(If you just refuse to grill, you could do all of this in an oven for about an hour at 350f.)

Stir fried rice is always good but tonight I wanted something a little different, so I used some dried egg noodles that I got at our local Asian market.

Thai Me Up Stir Fried Noodles

Ingredients
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 teaspoon Mr. Yoshida's Original Sweet & Savory (substitute teriyaki)
3 teaspoon chunky peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoon ginger, fresh grated
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 ounces noodles
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup carrot, shredded
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

Instructions,
Cook noodles according to instructions.

Heat a wok over medium high heat. Add in and whisk together chicken stock, Yoshida's, peanut butter, honey, ginger, red pepper flakes and diced red pepper for about 1 minute. If needed, add a little slurry of corn starch and water to thicken the sauce.

Add in cooked noodles, peas, and carrot. Toss to thoroughly coat noodles with sauce. Remove from heat and serve. Garnish with some diced green onion.

I was surprised about the heat of the noodles, since there wasn't that much red pepper flake but I guess the ginger kicked it in. Don't get me wrong, it made my mouth happy but it was as hot as I would like it. Great combination of flavors and the leftovers are going to work with me tomorrow for lunch.

Time for another quick game of VERSUS:
If you could only have one: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Other, or "I don't do Asian food"

My VERSUS answer:
Yeah I know, it's a hard one because the first 5 are so good. Overall, I'd have to go with Thai (not like the pseudo Thai I made tonight) because I love the flavors of basil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, cilantro, peanut, pepper, coconut milk, etc.

What is your VERSUS answer?

25 comments:

  1. That looks really good. I fall into the "I don't do Asian food" category. I think it is the ginger that turns me off. I know I am weird, but my blog isn't named Plain Chicken for nothing!

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  2. I'd have to go with Chinese if you FORCED me to choose lol I love peanut sauce though so Thai would come in a close second...this looks wonderful!

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  3. Mine would definitely be Thai.

    The chicken looks fantastic and so do the noodles. I'll have to pick up some Mr. Yoshida's Sweet & Savory Sauce the next time I go shopping.

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  4. You so funny. Thai High Thigh & Thai Me Up Noodles indeed! Looks perfect.

    Um, on the other... Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese - sorry can't choose just one. Kidding. It'd have to be Thai, for the heat.

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  5. I think I'd have to go with Japanese, however, I really haven't given Thai food it's fair shake, but the Thai restaurant (!) in town has horrible atmosphere. I know it's not fair of me to judge a food by one restaurant.

    Even though you guys are bachelors, you all eat very well.

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  6. Good looking meal Chris. Looks like you're in the same bachelor boat as me, except rather than a homemade Thai meal, we had a frozen pizza (an Alex favorite)

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  7. Looks great to me. I've never had Thai food before is it a lot different than Chinese food?

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  8. This all sounds wonderful. I really like Yoshida's sauce. Fabulous photos. Last time I tried to take a photo of a chicken thigh I laughed my way all the way to delete key.

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  9. Oh, by the way, definitely Thai. I don't know how I ever lived without coconut milk/lime/cilantro combo.

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  10. I'm going to go with Thai because the wordplay is so much fun. "Thai one on" I knew you'd come through with that one!

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  11. Looks good to me! I'd have to go with Chinese, myself. It's such a huge spectrum of flavors, plus I could bathe in hoisin. Heh.

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  12. Chris, this is gorgeous and easy too. I'm bookmarking it and will definitely give it a try.
    Sam

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  13. Simple and delicious dish! I love Thai flavors!

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  14. Love thighs, and use them in cook offs...Korean flavor print is my personal Asian favorite..

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  15. When someone tell me to mix peanut butter into anything. I listen. This sounds incredible! That chicken looks so sticky and delicious. I'm drooling. Truly.

    I would choose thai as well. Coconut...peanut butter..mmmm

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  16. I'd have to call it a draw between Thai and Japanese . . . too hard to choose!

    I love the naughty names of your creations - I need you around when I whip up a new dish that needs a good name.:)

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  17. Of course I knew your thighs would be spectacular. But I am super impressed with your noodles too. Great boys night in meal... GREG

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  18. Looks perfectly yummy if you ask me! You and the boys should have made the trip to Florida too! We could have had a nice little Florida blogger party this weekend!

    If I had to chose I think I'd have to pick Thai too.

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  19. I make a Thai Thigh dish that we just love, and now you've got me thinking that I need to pull that recipe out and make it again!

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  20. I think 3 men alone in a house without a woman spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!
    This meal however, spells delicious! I bet Alexis is sorry she missed it:D

    I love all the flavors and would have no problems scarfing it down!

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  21. Man, that looks AMAZING--great pics! Ok, regarding the VERSUS game...I'd have to say Thai. Love ginger, lemongrass, cardamom, turmeric, etc.

    Thanks for visiting my blog :>).

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  22. I've never eaten thai food. I cant get peanut butter out of the pb&j or banana sandwich or cookie stage. Do I need help?

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  23. made this the other day and it was great.

    I am partial to Vietnamese

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  24. Made thighs and the noodles for dinner tonight! Husband is at the stove/oven getting seconds as we speak!

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