There is nothing better than stumbling upon food inspiration and then thinking about making that meal for a few weeks, and then finally being able to make it and it being better than your wildest expectations! That’s exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago, and tonight I finally had a chance to create this delicious, protein packed dinner.
My inspiration came in the form of another food blog called Show Me The Yummy, their Thai Peanut Noodles made my mouth water just looking at them. I knew I had to make them because a) noodles and b) Asian flavours. That’s like totally my thing! I knew I would never get away with just noodles and egg for dinner, the hubby would never allow it (the man needs his meat!), so I chucked in some chicken and broccoli (because I’ve eaten really badly this week – stress eating as Saki-pup was in vet hospital for a few nights – I thought I should add something green).
This dish was a hit, hubby loved it, Saki (now home) loved it when I dropped some chicken and I super duper loved it!
Why not give it a try yourself 🙂
Prep time – 15 mins, Cooking time – 15 mins, Serves 6-8
Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken & Brocolli
180g packet of ramen noodles
1 heaped tbs minced garlic
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbs dark brown sugar
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tps fish sauce
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
2 skinless chicken breasts – diced
1 large head of broccoli
Fried eggs (as many as you need per dish)
1 bunch spring onion – finely sliced
Fried spring onion
Chilli flakes (optional)
- Put noodles on to boil as per packet instructions and mix all sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
- Stir fry the chicken in a small amount of oil and when no longer pink add broccoli and stir fry until just soft. Set aside and keep warm once cooked.
- When cooked, drain the noodles and mix sauce through while hot.
- Fry eggs in a lightly oiled non stick pan. Keep sunny side up and cover with a lid to cook the top, you want these slightly runny as the yolk mixes amazingly with the peanut noodles.
- Place noodles in a bowl and top with chicken, broccoli and egg, and garnish with spring onion, sesame seeds and chilli flakes.
This is one of the easiest and yummiest pasta recipes I know how to make. It’s at the point now that I don’t even use a recipe , I usually just go by feel, but tonight I decided to actually work out how much of everything I use and here it is just for you! This does make quite a lot, so feel free to dial back the amounts if you don’t want left overs.
Prep time – 10 mins, Cooking time – 20 mins, Serves 8
Creamy Chicken and Spinach Pasta
2 skinless chicken breasts – diced
1 large brown onion – finely sliced
1 tbs minced garlic
1tbs chicken stock powder
250g frozen chopped spinach
½ cup water
500g pasta (I used large spirals)
3 heaped tbs wholegrain mustard
½ tbs honey
Salt and pepper to taste
- Put a large pot on to boil for the pasta while preparing the ingredients.
- Put pasta in to cook. In a large frying pan/wok on a medium heat cook onion and garlic in some olive oil until onion is soft then add the diced chicken. Sprinkle chicken with stock and cook until chicken is slightly golden and no longer pink.
- Add water, spinach, cream, mustard and honey and stir through.
- Once pasta is just cooked add to chicken mixture and cook for a further 10 minutes on a low heat.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
I had a really hard time figuring out what to say to introduce this meal. Its been a tough couple of days in our household. A very good friend suffered horrible injuries in a freak accident which landed her on the operating table and now in hospital for at minimum a week.
When I got home today from seeing her, the last thing I wanted to do was cook but I knew I should make something. I had a look and found that we had left over BBQ chicken and enough in the pantry to create this comforting soup. It turned out to be just what I needed.
That whole chicken soup for the soul stuff? They might actually be onto something. Just wish I could have taken some in so our friend didn’t have to eat hospital food!
If you read this, please send good vibes to our dear friend for a speedy recovery!
Now, on to the yummy stuff!
Prep time 15 mins, Cooking time 15 mins, Serves 6
Chicken, Corn and Noodle Soup
420g can sweet corn kernels
420g can creamed corn
270g packet dry ramen noodles
1 small bunch spring onion
2 eggs – beaten
1tbs sesame oil
3tbs soy sauce
1 litre chicken stock
1 ½ tbs corn flour
5 tbs water
½ BBQ Chicken – shredded (I used left overs so about ½ a chicken was more than enough)
1 inch piece of ginger – grated
- Bring stock to the boil and add in one strand of spring onion and the grated ginger.
- In a bowl mix the two tins of corn and add soy, oil and beaten eggs mixing till combined.
- Add corn mix to the stock. Stir well and removed strand of spring onion.
- Add shredded chicken to the stock mixture.
- In a cup mix the corn flour and 5 tbs water making sure there are no lumps.
- While the pot is boiling, add the corn flour and water and stir until thickened slightly.
- Add ramen noodles and cook until tender.
- Serve topped with sliced spring onion and your favourite crusty bread.
Our time in Japan last year for our honeymoon saw us eating many questionable things, especially when we had a stay at a ryokan (traditional accommodation). I’m talking breakfasts with more eyes than I have fingers, and easily 7 different species of sea creature on each plate! While that was an experience, we tended to lean more to things that we could recognise when out and about. Noodles of every kind fast became a favourite!
While we were in Hiroshima we found this great looking noodle store attached to the main train station. We thought great! Normal food! Well… kind of… We took our seats and were given a menu. The menu seemed to indicate a hotness scale to the food. 1 being so bland that no one would even think about being so boring and 100 being insanely hot, we are talking surface of the sun. Well let me tell you, I think we got played hard at this place! We, being simple Australians thought we better stick to the basic boring number 1 on the scale, but when ordering the lovely young Japanese man suggested (persuaded, shamed us into…) getting at least a number 2 on the scale. The starting level he said. So being the nice folk that we are, and not wanting to insult anyone, we agreed. Number 2.
Have you ever eaten something so hot that your lips tingled for a hour afterwards? Well I hadn’t until that day. Middle of a Japanese summer and I am literally on fire. It was the strangest thing, the noodles were amazingly delicious but so damn hot! The more you ate the better you could deal with the heat and the more delicious the noodles became, but once you stopped it was like the surface of the sun was your new lip gloss.
The most strange thing for me is since I’ve had these noodles in Hiroshima I’ve wanted more! So here is my attempt at Sesame Ramen – way less like the surface of the sun but still just as yummy!
Sesame Ramen Noodles
3tbs sesame oil
3tbs peanut oil
¼ cup soy sauce
2tbs rice wine vinegar
3tbs white sugar
4 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
Ground cayenne pepper to taste
Chilli flakes to taste
180g packet of ramen noodles
1 small bunch of spring onion finely sliced to serve
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add ramen noodles and cook as per packet instructions.
- While the ramen is cooking in a small bowl mix oils, sugar, vinegar and garlic. Add spices now if you wish, and mix well.
- After draining the noodles simply stir through the sauce and serve hot.
- Top with finely sliced spring onion and extra chilli flakes.
Tip: I always make the bulk of the mixture with less heat (chilli) and add a little more later by mixing a small bowl of soy sauce and sesame oil with added cayenne pepper for those that love their noodles spicy!