Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spicy Thai Curry Soup with Rice Noodles

1 cup chilled reduced-fat coconut milk (shaken before measuring),  1 cup chilled rice milk (shaken before measuring),   1 1/2 cups chilled carrot juice (shaken before measuring),   1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste,   2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter,   12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts,   1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder,   1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil,   4 ounces rice vermicelli 4 ounces snow peas (cut diagonally into ½-inch slices),   2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper,   2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or basil,   1 teaspoon low-sodium fish sauce or soy sauce (or to taste).

Rice noodles' mild taste complements the spicy broth. Prep tips: For a vegan dish, leave out the fish sauce and chicken; add tofu cubes for protein. Freeze spare coconut milk for later use. Directions 

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. This will be used to cook the noodles. Meanwhile, combine coconut milk, rice milk, carrot juice, red curry paste, and peanut butter in a blender. Blend on lowest speed for about 1 minute, until emulsified. Refrigerate. (If you have extra time, refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.) Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise, yielding thin cutlets. Sprinkle each piece of chicken with a bit of salt, then rub with curry powder. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, then chicken. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes per side, until cooked through. Transfer to a plate; when cool enough to handle, shred and refrigerate. Boil noodles according to package instructions. Drain, then plunge into ice water to cool. Drain thoroughly. When ready to serve, divide noodles among four bowls. Add shredded chicken, snow peas, red bell pepper, and cilantro or basil to bowls. Carefully pour coconut-milk mixture into bowls, leaving any froth behind. Sprinkle with fish sauce or soy sauce to taste.

Recipe courtesy of Delicious Living Magazine. Get your copy at Mana Foods!

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