This one is for my friend Vicki. We have quite the social neighbourhood and a bunch of us go for chicken wings regularly at a local restaurant. Vicki prefers the “Thai Chicken Bites” because they don’t have any bones or skin. I don’t exactly love chicken wings either, or the “bites.” They’re kind of a rip off. I prefer bone in skin on chicken thighs. There’s so much more meat and flavour than the bites or the wings and there’s no deep frying or breading. I decided to make my own Sweet Chili Thai Sauce by reading the ingredient list on the store bought jars and experimenting until I got it right. I wasn’t going for the exact flavour because I find it’s a little too sweet and hot for me. What I came up with was really good!
I’m really excited about this recipe. It was an idea that turned out better than I’d expected. Which is not always the case. Not even close. I’m a master at repurposing leftovers and I’m cheap so I can make a deli chicken cover 2 dinners and maybe even a sandwich! Chicken Fajita Soup checks off many boxes, including easy, healthy, inexpensive and you can make it as hot and spicy as you like. As an added bonus it’s also very tasty!
This is a true story. I was in a grocery store looking at yogurt and a woman came over and started talking to me about what kind of yogurt I should buy. Yes she was a complete stranger. I told her I wanted full fat Greek yogurt because I was making Butter Chicken. She said oh no, you make butter chicken with coconut milk. “Hmmmm,” I said, “well I haven’t ever made it that way. I’m using a recipe shared by a former co-worker who is actually from India.” Now, I know there are many ways to make butter chicken and I’ve learned the ingredients change by the region. I think the coconut milk would make it Thai ish. She insisted her recipe was authentic so I smiled and said “Sure, I’ll try it with coconut milk.” Then she actually told me which KIND of coconut milk I needed to buy! Sigh. I thanked her warmly and continued my shopping. Just as I was about to make a clean getaway, she brought me the can of coconut milk.
So instead of making a run for it, I made butter chicken with SOME coconut milk. I used the rest to make coconut rice.
And guess what? It was good. Really good.