Run out of dinner ideas? Try my Thai Style Chicken

I would like to introduce one of my quick and easy chicken recipes today. Actually, it is the newest addition to my weeknight dinner repertoire. Something quick, something easy, but at the same time, something different.., just something perfect for us!

I made this recipe when I did not know what to cook for dinner. On the day, all that I knew was I had to use the chicken breasts which were defrosted earlier. I was originally thinking to cook Teriyaki Chicken, but I felt it was boring… I felt I needed something more spicy and punchy…

Thai Style Chicken by alittlebitofsoy
New Weeknight Menu! Thai Style Chicken by alittlebitofsoy

Then I thought, “how about replacing soy sauce with fish sauce”. I added garlic, ginger and chili, and then the boring chicken turned into an exciting hot and spicy Thai Style dish. This Thai Style Sauce is definitely a star. It can be easily made with common ingredients which I strongly suspect you might already have in the kitchen. Otherwise, they can be found in the major supermarkets. If you cannot eat anything too spicy, just adjust the amount of chili you use.

There is only one thing you have to remember – DO NOT OVER-COOK CHICKEN. Butterfly the chicken to make it evenly thin (aka “kannon biraki” in Japanese. See “Method” below how to do it) and pan-fry it quickly. And then wrap it with alfoil and leave it for 10-15 minutes. This way, the chicken will slowly cook in the alfoil and come out juicy and succulent.

If you run out of dinner ideas like me, try this Thai Style Chicken. Hope it is added to your repertoire too…

Ingredients (Serving 4):

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 pinch of Sea Salt

Thai Style Sauce

  • 5g of Ginger – minced
  • 1 clove of Garlic – minced
  • 1 Red Chili – finely chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons of Fish Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cooking Sake or White Wine
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 Lemon

Accompaniment/Garnish

  • Your choice of Chinese Green Vegetables – cut into a 5cm long
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cooking Sake or White Wine
  • Coriander – chopped

Method:

Pan-fry Chicken Breasts

  • Firstly we butterfly the chicken breasts. Lay the chicken on the cutting board with the rough side up. Slice lengthways down the middle to halfway through. From the bottom of the cut, slice out towards the side and fold out the flaps you have created, like a book (or butterfly). Cut into half lengthways to make 2 even pieces. Apply the same to the second chicken breast to make 4 even pieces in total. Sprinkle sea salt over them.
  • Heat a frying-pan over a high heat with a small amount of cooking oil (not included in the ingredients’ list above). Once the pan gets really hot, reduce the heat to medium. Cook the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes each side. Make sure the chicken is not over-cooked.
  • Wrap the chicken breasts tightly with alfoil. Rest them for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Wipe the surface of the frying-pan with paper towels and cool it down – we will re-use the frying-pan later.

Steam Chinese Greens

  • Place the Chinese greens on a cold pan and pour cooking sake/white wine over them. Heat it over a low/medium heat with a lid on for about 5 minutes or until the Chinese greens are softened. Transfer them to a serving plate.

Prepare Thai Style Sauce

  • Unwrap the alfoil of the chicken and you will find the chicken soaking in its own juice in the alfoil. In a small bowl, add the chicken juice and all of the ingredients for Thai Style Sauce except lemon. Combine them together.

Put All Together

  • Place the prepared Thai Style Sauce in the frying-pan (previously used for the chicken) and heat it over a medium/high heat. Once the sauce starts bubbling, add the chicken breasts. Simmer them for a minute while constantly pouring the sauce over the chicken with a spoon.
  • Squeeze the lemon over the chicken and transfer the chicken onto a bed of the Chinese greens. Pour the remaining Thai Style Sauce over it. Put the chopped coriander on top. Serve immediately.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks delicious. Love the flavors. πŸ™‚

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    1. naokochristofis says:

      Thank you 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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