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Healthy Pad Thai with Chicken

Am I allowed to say that this healthy pad thai recipe is the freaking best? Because it is.

Healthy Pad Thai with Chicken ll Can easily be made vegetarian by substituting tofu! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I’ve always loved pad thai, I just don’t eat it that often because most restaurant versions aren’t great for you. I’m not sure what took me so long to make my own healthy pad thai recipe because it’s so easy! You just need to use authentic ingredients, like fish sauce and sriracha, to get that true pad thai flavor. I made this recipe healthier by cutting way down on the sugar and oil. I also used unrefined coconut sugar in place of cane sugar and olive oil instead of canola.

Healthy Pad Thai with Chicken ll Can easily be made vegetarian by substituting tofu! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This recipe uses chicken, but you’re welcome to use organic tofu instead for a vegetarian version. I don’t recommend leaving out the peanuts or the Thai basil at the end, but if you need to, you can substitute regular basil.

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This is one of those recipes that is really easy to make in bulk, so if you’re cooking for a large family or guests, you can easily double all of the ingredients.

Healthy Pad Thai with Chicken ll Can easily be made vegetarian by substituting tofu! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I think leftovers are delicious, so feel free to make extra for lunches throughout the week. Your coworkers will be jealous when they start to smell your leftovers heating up in the office kitchen!

 

Healthy Pad Thai with Chicken
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. uncooked flat rice noodles (pad thai noodles)*
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1.5 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 oz. chicken thighs (or breasts), trimmed of excess fat, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup green onions, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup peanuts, chopped
  • ⅛ cup Thai basil, thinly sliced
  • additional limes for serving
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the coconut sugar and next five ingredients (through sesame oil). Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil. When hot, add the chicken. Allow to sear on one side for 1 minute, then toss to fully cook. When cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and place in a bowl. Turn the heat to medium-low and add the egg to the pan, stirring constantly. When just slightly set, remove the egg and place it in the bowl with the chicken.
  4. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil to the pan and return the heat to medium-high. Add the green onions and bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Return the chicken and egg to the pan. Then add the sauce and the rice noodles and toss so the sauce thoroughly coats all ingredients. Remove from heat and add the bean sprouts.
  5. Portion into bowls and top each bowl with peanuts and sliced Thai basil. Serve with additional lime wedges if desired.
Notes
* You can find these in the Asian section of the grocery store.
 

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Gluten-Free Main Meal Poultry

Insanely Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken

Hi friends! Anyone else glad that it’s Wednesday already? Me, me, me! This week is cruising along and I am not complaining. Travis and I have fun weekend plans on the horizon, so I am itching to get there.

I’ve got an AWESOME weeknight recipe for you guys today. This Spicy Basil Chicken is definitely going to be on regular rotation for me. I’ve made a lot of stir fry recipes and this is easily one of the best.

Insanely Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken with Brown Rice l It's healthy, gluten-free, and easy enough to make on a weeknight! The whole family will love this dish. l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Reasons why I love this recipe:

  1. It’s freaking delicious. Duh.
  2. You can make it under 30 minutes. (Because who has more time than that on a weeknight?)
  3. The veggies are completely customizable, so you can just use up what you already have.
  4. Many of the ingredients should be pantry staples – especially if you like to cook Asian food.
  5. Leftovers are REALLY good.

Shall I go on?

Insanely Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken with Brown Rice l It's healthy, gluten-free, and easy enough to make on a weeknight! The whole family will love this dish. l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I think this recipe would also be delicious with shrimp, but for a vegetarian alternative, I’d bet tofu would be great, too!

Insanely Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken with Brown Rice l It's healthy, gluten-free, and easy enough to make on a weeknight! The whole family will love this dish. l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Spicy Basil Chicken Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Chicken + Vegetables
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2-3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ cup shallots, minced
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped into 1 inch pieces.
  • 2 cups bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • brown rice for serving
Spicy Basil Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2.5 teaspoons sriracha or other asian chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch together in a medium bowl. Add the chicken cubes and coat the chicken in the soy sauce mixture. Set aside.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine all of the Spicy Basil Sauce ingredients. Whisk together to incorporate the cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of canola oil and once hot, add the shallots. Saute for 1 minute, until they begin to soften. Add half the chicken to the pan, browning on all sides for 2 minutes. Do not cook fully. Remove the chicken from the pan and place into a bowl. Add the second batch of chicken and repeat. Add the browned chicken to the bowl.
  4. Add an additional Tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the bell pepper and onion and saute for 2 minutes. Next add the broccoli and saute for an additional minute. Add the garlic to the pan, adding additional oil as needed to ensure nothing burns. Saute until the vegetables are soft and cooked.
  5. Add the chicken back into the pan. Then add the Spicy Basil Sauce and mix thoroughly to coat the chicken and vegetables. Remove from heat and stir in the sliced basil.
  6. Serve immediately with brown rice.
 

 

 

 

Insanely Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken with Brown Rice l It's healthy, gluten-free, and easy enough to make on a weeknight! The whole family will love this dish. l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Gluten-Free Seafood

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

I’ve tried countless salmon recipes and this one is without a doubt my favorite. You may have seen my sneak-peak post on Instagram last week, and I am excited to share the recipe for this Asian-Glazed Salmon with you today!

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

I always have the ingredients for this recipe in my fridge, which is another reason why I love this dish so much. From start to finish, this Asian-Glazed Salmon takes no more than 30 minutes — a weeknight win in my book!

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

We always pair this salmon with a side of broccoli or green beans. I think it would also be delicious with black rice or sauteed spinach.

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

 

 

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ⅛ cup +2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic in a medium small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the sauce forms a glaze. Stir the mixture regularly to ensure that it doesn't burn. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a broiler pan or a wire baking rack (on top of a baking sheet), coated with cooking spray. Baste the salmon with some of the glaze and let it sit for 15 minutes. Brush a bit more glaze on each salmon fillet and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
  4. Place in the oven to bake for 6-8 minutes. Then, turn the oven to the BROIL setting and broil the salmon on the top rack until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with more glaze (if desired). Allow to cool for 2 minutes and serve.
 

Grilling Main Meal Poultry Turkey

Asian Turkey Burgers

What’s your general thought on turkey burgers?  Are you someone who finds them dry and tasteless? Ya, me too.  I try to opt for turkey burgers whenever I can, but so often I end disappointed by the taste, texture, or crazy amount of added salt.

Well, this recipe for Asian Turkey Burgers is totally different.  These burgers have a ton of flavor and are so easy to make. For a moister turkey burger, it is always better to go with a good quality ground turkey with a little bit of fat (85% lean is great). Trust me, much better than the 99% lean.

Pro tip: Check the sodium content of the ground turkey you buy. Often the levels are high, which won’t taste great with the added soy sauce in this recipe. If you can’t find a low- sodium ground turkey, I would definitely go with a low-sodium soy sauce (or simply cut back on the soy sauce) for this recipe.

Asian Turkey Burgers Recipe

I served mine on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato and a little bit of Sriracha! These would also go great with a side of Crispy Sweet Potato Fries.

 

Asian Turkey Burgers
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • ¾ lb ground turkey
  • 1.5 T cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional for spicier taste)
  • Whole Wheat hamburger buns
  • Lettuce and tomato
  • Sriracha for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients with your hands. Form into 2-4 patties.
  2. Grill (or cook on a stove top if you don’t have a grill) on each side for about 5-7 minutes until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees.
  3. Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and a little bit of Sriracha.