• Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

    Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 1 rotisserie chicken, breasts shredded (about 3 c.)
    • 4 c. Napa cabbage, shredded
    • 1–2 large carrots, julienned
    • 1 c. cucumbers, chopped
    • 2 mangoes, diced
    • 1 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 3/4 c. fresh mint, chopped
    • 1/2 c. peanuts, chopped
    • 1/2 c. green or red onions, sliced
    • 3–4 jalapenos, sliced

    Peanut Dressing

    • 1/2 c. peanut butter
    • 1/3 c. soy sauce
    • 1/3 c. sesame oil
    • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 2 TBSP sriracha
    • 2 TBSP sugar
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 garlic clove, peeled
    • 1/4-1/2 c. water to thin to desired consistency

    Directions:

    1. Salad: In a large serving bowl add all the salad ingredients.
    2. Dressing: Pulse peanut butter through garlic in the food processor or blender. Adjust consistency with water.
    3. Assembly: Add dressing to salad and toss to combine.

    Thai Chopped Chicken Salad:

  • Teriyaki Egg Roll in a Bowl

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 2 tsp. olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 16 oz. coleslaw mix
    • 1/3 c. teriyaki sauce + more if desired
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Green onion, chopped
    • Sesame seeds
    • Yum yum sauce
    • Serve over rice

    Directions:

    1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat; add the ground chicken and cook until no longer pink. Drain the excess grease.
    2. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and ginger to the meat and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
    3. Add the coleslaw mix and teriyaki sauce and cook until the coleslaw softens, stirring occasionally.
    4. Serve over rice and garnished with green onions, sesame seeds, and yum yum sauce, if desired.

    Teriyaki Egg Roll in a Bowl:

  • Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice

    Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    Chicken:

    • 1 1/2 lb. chicken tenders or breasts, cut into bite size pieces
    • 1/3 c. soy sauce
    • 1/3 c. pineapple juice
    • 2 TBSP brown sugar
    • 2 TBSP ketchup
    • 1 shallot, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil or olive oil

    Pineapple Salsa:

    • 2 c. fresh pineapple chunks
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 1 jalapeño, seeded (if desired) and chopped
    • 1 lime, zested and juiced
    • 1/4 c. cilantro, minced
    • Honey, to taste
    • Salt to taste

    Rice:

    • 1 c. basmati rice
    • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
    • 1/2 c. water
    • Salt, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Marinade and sauce: In bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, shallots, garlic, ginger paste, and a pinch of chili flakes. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour 1/3 of the sauce over the chicken and let sit 15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.
    2. Pineapple Salsa: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    3. Coconut Rice: Rinse rice until water runs clear. Combine rice, coconut milk, water, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, then reduce the heat to low, and cover and cook for 15 minutes.
    4. Chicken: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, cook 5 minutes until cooked through on both sides. Reduce the heat to medium and pour in the remaining soy sauce mix. Cook until the sauce glazes the chicken and begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
    5. Serve the chicken over rice and spoon the salsa over the chicken.

    Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Rice:

  • Coconut Curry Salmon

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

    Ingredients:

    Salmon:

    • 1 lb. salmon
    • 1/2 – 3/4 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 tsp. curry powder
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1–2 tsp. olive oil

    Coconut Curry Sauce:

    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 TBSP red curry paste
    • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
    • 2 TBSP fish sauce
    • 2 limes, zested and juiced
    • 6 oz. spinach, chopped

    For serving: serve over rice and topped with cilantro, basil, and/or mint

    Directions:

    1. Get the oven ready: Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place one of the oven racks close-ish to the top, about 6 inches or so.
    2. Make your rice: Cook rice according to package instructions.
    3. Salmon: Mix the spices and the olive oil to make a paste. Place the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Rub the paste liberally over the top part of the salmon. Bake for 6-12 minutes (depends on salmon thickness and desired doneness – I usually opt for 8-10 minutes). 
    4. Coconut Curry Sauce: Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger paste; sauté for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and curry paste; sauté for 3 minutes. Add coconut milk. Season with fish sauce, lime juice, and lime zest to taste. Add spinach; stir into the sauce until wilted.
    5. Serve: Place salmon over rice. Cover with sauce and fresh herbs.

    Coconut Curry Salmon:

  • Tofu and Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

    Ingredients:

    Filling:

    • Olive oil
    • One 14-oz. block extra firm tofu, minimally pressed to remove water
    • 1 can of water chestnuts, chopped
    • 2 c. cooked brown rice or quinoa
    • Butter lettuce, leaf lettuce, or iceberg lettuce for wrapping
    • Top with Yum yum sauce or spicy mayo, chopped peanuts, green onions, and/or crispy onions for topping

    SOS Peanut Sauce:

    • 1/2 c. teriyaki sauce
    • Juice of 1 orange
    • 1/4 c. peanut butter
    • Squirt of Sriracha sauce

    Spicy Mayo:

    • 1/4 c. mayo
    • 1 TBSP Sriracha, or to taste

    Directions:

    1. Cook the tofu: Heat a few swishes of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the tofu and crumble in the pan. Cook until slightly browned and then add the water chestnuts. While that’s cooking, whisk up all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Add rice and sauce: Add the rice and most of the sauce to the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes or so – just enough to get some browning/light caramelization. Season with salt to taste.
    3. Spicy mayo: Mix mayo and sriracha.
    4. Fill and serve: Spoon your tofu and brown rice filling into crispy little pieces of lettuce or serve atop a bed of lettuce. Top with peanuts, green onions, and/or crispy onions and drizzle with a little extra sauce and yum yum sauce/spicy mayo.

    Tofu and Brown Rice Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce:

  • Sesame Garlic Ramen Noodles

    This dish is perfect for a quick weekday dinner.

    Recipe adapted from The Modern Proper.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 (3 oz.) packages instant ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded or 14 oz. fresh noodles
    • 1/4 c. soy sauce
    • 1/4 c. oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
    • 1 TBSP rice vinegar
    • 1 TBSP brown sugar, optional
    • 1 tsp chili sauce like sambal or sriracha
    • 1/4 c. water
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced about 2 tsp
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 2 TBSP toasted sesame oil
    • 1 small onion, large chop
    • 1 sweet red pepper, large chop
    • 6 oz. baby spinach
    • 1 TBSP chili crisp
    • 4-6 green onions, thinly sliced
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds
    • Top with fried egg, crispy tofu, or cooked chicken

    Directions:

    1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package; drain well.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce through ginger paste.
    3. In a large skillet, heat sesame over medium heat.
    4. Add the onion and peppers and sauté for 2-3 minutes; then add the spinach and sauté until spinach is wilted.
    5. Pour in the bowl of sauce and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chili crisp, and then add the noodles until heated through and evenly coated in sauce, about 3 minutes.
    6. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
    7. Top with fried egg, crispy tofu, or cooked chicken, and extra chili crisp, if desired.

    Sesame Garlic Noodles:

  • Kung Pao Spaghetti with Tofu

    Adapted from The Foodie Diaries.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 lb. spaghetti
    • 1 block extra firm Tofu, pressed and cubed
    • 1 TBSP cornstarch
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 TBSP avocado oil
    • Onion, large chunks
    • Red pepper, large chunks
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
    • 1/2 – 1 tsp. crushed red pepper or gochugaru, to taste
    • 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
    • 2 TBSP chili paste
    • 3 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 TBSP cornstarch mixed with 5 TBSP water
    • 1/4 c. crushed peanuts
    • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced

    Directions:

    1. Spaghetti: Cook spaghetti according to package and set aside.
    2. Tofu: Press tofu for at least 30 minutes; then cube the tofu and place in a bowl and toss with 1 TBSP cornstarch and salt to taste.
    3. Veggies: Chop onion, red pepper, and garlic and set aside.
    4. Sauce: Combine soy sauce through brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
    5. Prepare Tofu: In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat; then add the tofu and let the tofu crisp for a few minutes, undisturbed; then flip the tofu so it gets all nice and crispy and golden. Once crisp and golden, remove tofu to a paper towel lined cutting board and set aside.
    6. Prepare Kung Pao Spaghetti: In the same skillet used for the tofu, add additional oil, if needed, over medium low heat; then add the onion and red peppers and saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger paste, sesame seeds, and crushed red pepper and saute for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant; then add the sauce and cornstarch mixed with water and let it simmer to thicken.
    7. Remove from heat and add the spaghetti and toss to coat; then add the tofu and toss. Serve topped with crushed peanuts and green onions.

    Kung Pao Spaghetti with Tofu:

  • Chicken Wontons in Spicy Chili Sauce

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP sesame oil, divided
    • 14 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced or 8 oz. spinach
    • 1 garlic clove, grated
    • one 12-oz. bag frozen chicken wontons
    • 2 c. chicken broth
    • 1/2 c. teriyaki sauce
    • 1–2 TBSP chili crisp
    • Toppings: sliced green onions and sesame seeds

    Directions:

    1. Heat 1 TBSP sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms or spinach; sauté until softened. Add garlic for the last minute or two of sautéing. 
    2. Add the frozen wontons, chicken broth, and teriyaki sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, with a lid on, until the wontons are heated through.
    3. Finish with remaining 1 TBSP sesame oil, chili crisp, and top with green onions and sesame seeds. 

    Chicken Wontons in Spicy Chili Sauce:

  • Curry Udon Noodles

    Recipe adapted from the Foodie Diaries.

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. super firm tofu, pressed
    • Udon noodles (about 16 oz. of prepared heat and serve, such as Ka-Me)
    • 1-2 TBSP oil
    • 1 TBSP ginger paste
    • 2-4 TBSP favorite curry paste
    • 2-4 tsp. sugar
    • 1 onion, sliced thick
    • 1 c. red bell peppers, sliced thick
    • 1 c. green beans, 1 inch pieces
    • 1 can of coconut milk
    • 3/4 can of water
    • Basil, chiffonade

    Directions:

    1. Tofu: Prepare tofu as desired. Option: freeze, thaw, press, cube, sprinkle with 1 TBSP cornstarch and 1 TBSP of oil, and then saute in pan before making sauce (or you can bake at 450F until crispy).
    2. Udon Noodles: Prepare according to package.
    3. Veggies: Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat; then add the onions, bell peppers, and green beans and saute until just crisp; then remove from the pan.
    4. Curry: Add a bit more oil to the saute pan and then add the ginger paste and curry paste and saute until fragrant; then stir in the sugar. Then add the coconut milk; refill the can 3/4 of the way with water and add the water to the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Then add the Udon noodles, veggies, and tofu, and toss to combine. Top with basil.

    Curry Udon Noodles:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Burgers

    Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.

    Ingredients:

    Burgers:

    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 1/4 c. teriyaki sauce
    • 1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt, optional

    Sesame Slaw:

    • 4 c. shredded cabbage
    • 2 TBSP toasted sesame oil
    • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
    • 2 tsp. sugar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 c. chopped green onions

    Extras:

    • 2 TBSP avocado oil for frying
    • 4 brioche buns
    • Yum yum sauce (or mayo, sriracha, chili crisp, whatever sauce you like)

    Directions:

    1. Make the Sesame Slaw: Toss the slaw ingredients together. Taste and adjust.
    2. Make the Burgers: Combine chicken, teriyaki sauce, panko, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Mix with your (clean) hands until well-combined. Form into 4 large patties.
    3. Fry the Burgers: Heat a bit of avocado oil over medium heat. Add the burgers to the hot pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until golden and mostly cooked through; flip to finish for another 2-3 minutes. Cook until no longer pink in the middle, or a meat thermometer registers at least 165F.
    4. Toast Buns:  Wipe out the skillet if there are burned bits left in the pan. Pop your buns into the skillet for just a second, cut side down over medium low heat, to get them lightly toasted.
    5. Assemble Burgers: Spread top and bottom buns with yum yum sauce, place a burger, and top with the sesame slaw. Press burgers together, slice into it, and enjoy your life. I love these so much.

    Teriyaki Chicken Burgers: