Confession: When I’m looking for new recipes, I look for the least — and I mean least — amount of prep time, least cook time, even least ingredients, so I can go back to doing what I enjoy, which, by the way, surely is not cooking. When a friend of mine said to me, “You oughta try these Thai recipes,” my immediate response was, “Sounds way too hard!” But to my amazement, they weren’t hard at all!
Combine in a large Ziploc bag a dozen boned chicken thighs, a tablespoon of onion powder, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1/2 cup Thai chili sauce. Mix and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat oven at 350 degrees and cook thighs 25 minutes. Turn them over and cook an additional 20 minutes. Makes 6 servings. Not hard at all!
In a large saucepan, melt a tablespoon of butter over a medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, and sauté until onion is soft. Stir in 3/4 cup rice until the rice is coated. Shake well a 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk , add it all into the rice mixture, and stir well. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Makes about 4 servings. See … no harder than cooking regular rice, and this stuff is crazy good!
Take a big bowl (preferably, with a lid), pour in a 16-ounce package of shredded coleslaw mix, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 1/3 cup chopped peanuts, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, and 2 tablespoons honey. Stir well until blended. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. Try to stir it every now and then. Makes about 6 servings. Gotta tell ya, not a fan of coleslaw … ’til I tried this stuff!
Spicy Crock Pot Thai Chicken
In a bowl, stir a 16-ounce bottle of toasted sesame salad dressing, a tablespoon Thai chili paste, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, and a tablespoon ginger garlic paste. Dip 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves into the mixture until well coated. Place in a slow cooker and pour the rest of the sauce over the chicken. Set the crock pot to low and cook about 4-6 hours, until the chicken is tender. Makes 6 servings.
What’d I tell you? Easy! Now get out of the hot kitchen and go do something fun!