Easy can be good in my book! As the hot weather continues and our appetites wane I’m hot on the trail of delicious dinners that are quick to prepare and delicious! It’s sometimes a challenge. Those of you who have followed this blog over the past couple of years know that a “make it from scratch” person and rarely buy anything other than tomato products in a can. There is an exception to every rule, however, especially when it’s too hot to cook! I stumbled over a box H.T. Trader’s brand Pad Thai at Harris Teeter the other day. What resulted was so yummy and easy, dinner was on the table within minutes. Looking over the product information on the box affirmed that as far as “fast food” is concerned, this fares pretty well. Of course, I added to it with my own fresh vegetables, crushed peanuts and fresh cilantro….it was a hit!
Chicken Pad Thai
1 box H.T. Trader’s Pad Thai noodles
1 large boneless skinless chicken breast roasted and shredded (I did this early in the day so as not to heat up the kitchen later)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 baby carrots, cut in thin strips on the diagonal
3-4 scallions, cleaned and cut on the diagonal green ends included
1/2 cup fresh snow peas, cleaned and cut on the diagonal
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, crushed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Cook the noodles according to the instructions and set the sauce packet to the side. Shred the chicken breast and set aside. Heat the coconut oil in a wok and scramble the egg, set aside. Toss the raw veggies in the hot oil for about five minutes, you want them to be crunchy. Add the chicken and cooked noodles back to the wok then add the sauce packet, soy sauce and sesame oil. Toss well. Place a serving of the Pad Thai on four plates and garnish with crushed peanuts and chopped cilantro.
This is great served with an ice cold Asian beer like Tsing Tao. Hope you enjoy! There are many different combinations you can experiment with. I’m trying fresh Georgia shrimp and adding cold cucumber to the mix as well…I think it will be delicious!