Fiery Thai Noodle Bowl with Crispy Chicken Thighs

  • thisgoodink Posted: 01/21/13
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    I liked the picture and the idea, but the end result was pretty bland, even though I doubled the number of chilies and the amount salt. None of the components went together very well.

  • zarf46 Posted: 09/04/12
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    I really liked this recipe the night that I made it. The problem for me was, that when you reheat the noodles it gets really mushy. I didnt use thighs and used skinless chicken breasts instead. Forgot to buy the baby bok choy, but it tasted good without it. I have to go to an asian market to get the Thai chiles so, I use Jalapenos. My husband and I really liked the sauce and used it on nachos the next day. Because of the noodles, I threw the rest of the dish out but kept the sauce. I probably will not make this again unless we can eat it all in one meal.

  • contentedgirl Posted: 08/29/12
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    I've never given a 1 star on a CL recipe before, but this is one recipe I'll definitely never make again! It was some trouble to make, (which I don't mind if the outcome is tasty) but this was such a disappointment! The noodles were terrible and never got completely soft. The cilantro sauce just didn't cut it either. The cilantro was too overpowering, and not enough chilies or ginger or garlic. While the chicken was very tasty and the bok choy & squash was good as well, the end result with everything together was not good at all. I was so looking forward to it, but my husband & I both agreed that this was not one of my better dishes.

  • jmeleeS Posted: 09/26/12
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    Great recipe! I rated it a bit low because the noodles just did not work for us, but it's more our personal tastes I think on that point. I did make a few changes - I couldn't find thai chiles, so I used two serrano peppers instead, and tripled the garlic. I also used boneless skinless breasts and broiled in the oven in lieu of bake to get the crispness. Two baby bok choys, 1 small yellow squash and a 1/4 bag of rainbow brocolli salad slaw worked out perfectly in this recipe. Definitely worth making again (without the rice noodles), the sauce was delicious and very spicy! Enjoy!

  • Namaste Posted: 08/26/12
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    I've made several versions of this from CL in the past, and this one was terrible, which was a surprise, because the recipe's full head of cilantro made it sound like it was going to be full of flavor. It was rather bland, and something odd happened with the noddles -- my husband (who loves noodle bowls & Thai food) said it tasted like wet hair in a bowl. Gross. Going to throw this recipe out.

  • JillPlotke Posted: 08/23/12
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    This was actually really good. My boyfriend and I loved it. I think the Thai peppers are crucial to get that "fiery" taste - seeds and all. I taste as I cook and add flavor when it needs it. If you wait until the end to try to add seasoning - it just doesn't taste as good. I ended up using double the garlic for the sauce, an extra Thai pepper, home made chicken stock instead of adding water and also used some smoked salt and crushed red pepper. I didn't add any extra soy sauce, but did add a bit of fish sauce for extra flavor. I also had a whole chicken and just cut that up myself instead of buying just the thighs. Used sesame oil in place of the canola - it gives that little extra nutty flavor. I completely forgot about the limes at the end lol. Didn't have rice vermicelli on hand so I just used regular pasta (cooked in super salty water) and about double the baby bok choy as I had to use it up before it went bad.

  • lizardcain Posted: 08/19/12
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    This sounded delicious, but I felt that the end result was not entirely worth the time spent making it. It was good - but not great. We had to keep adding soy sauce, srichacha sauce, and the thai dressing I made for a side salad to give it some flavor. I did have to substitute jalepeno peppers for the thai chiles. Perhaps those would have made it more flavorful. The sauce with the jalepeno's seemed to be more hot than tasty. Has definate potential, but not as delicious as i had hoped it would be. Not likely to try this again.

  • creamcheese Posted: 09/16/12
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    This was spectacular. I made this on a Sunday night and ate it for lunch at work throughout the week. The only change I made was to double the noodle quantity - 4 oz per serving is like three noodles. But the dish held up well and my cubicle mates were all jealous.

  • kristinnharper Posted: 09/08/12
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    i found this recipe very bland--and mine also ended up too salty. wouldn't make it again!

  • jdipaolo Posted: 11/22/12
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    As the recipe stands, I give it 3 out of 5, but I added lime juice, fish sauce and rice vinegar which gave it the desperate balance it needed. With these extra ingredients, it's a 5 of 5. Be sure to remove the seeds from the chile peppers.

  • kayjackson Posted: 02/23/13
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    I wish I'd read the reviews before making this dish. My husband was really intrigued, so even though I'm not a fan of rice noodles, helped him make it. I wish I could see a version that was not intended to be made on the cheap. The cilantro stems were hard to get processed so there were stems in the sauce and it was not very flavorful. I think the cilantro leaves would have helped a lot, plus added garlic. We used two large jalapenos, so it had a good bit of heat, but the rest of it was not so tasty. The chicken was greasy. I'm not a fan of this dish. Surprising for a CL recipe.

  • beezer825 Posted: 01/02/13
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    This recipe looks so good and the ingredient list would lend one to believe it would be rather tastey...What a bummer, tasted like nothing, it was very bland. We added lots of Sriacha and still was not very good. I love cooking light and usually recipes are wonderful, but this one was way off the mark. Will not be making again. :(

  • ash12203 Posted: 02/15/13
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    This recipe needs to be spiced up a lot more. We doubled the ginger and garlic and it still lacked flavor. We also added an extra Thai Chile which provided a good amount of heat. I probably won't make this again.

  • guinness4029 Posted: 02/01/13
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    I think this would better be called Boring Noodles and Chicken Bowl. Nothing fiery about it. And if you don't have a butcher in your grocery store, good luck finding boneless chicken thighs with skin, if you don't know how to debone thighs while keeping skin on. It was bland. It was disappointing. It is something we won't be having again.

  • Samsublime Posted: 08/20/12
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    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the last reviewer. The cilantro had a nice flavor but that's all I could really taste. I think the only saving grace was the one change I made to the recipe which was cooking the chicken and veggies in sesame oil. That gave it a bit of a nutty flavor. This just lacked something. My boyfriend said that calling it "fiery" was false advertisement...I think it was missing more than just spice, though.

  • alijane315 Posted: 08/21/12
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    I was excited to try this recipe last night. Unfortunately, it sounded delicious, but in the end, was a lot of work, without much in return. Like other reviewers, I felt the cilantro sauce was lacking something. I ended up trying to make it more "thai" by adding fish sauce, palm sugar, and some lime juice. If I had lemongrass, I think it would have been a nice addition. Overall, it still just tasted like a somewhat bland cilantro pesto pasta, not a "fiery thai noodle bowl."

  • Andrea7 Posted: 02/12/14
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    Does anyone ever find skin-on, boneless chicken? I never see that in the store. The main options are skin-on/bone-in OR boneless/skinless. I just find it silly when recipes call for something that is not to be found in most grocery stores. (I haven't made this, but it looks like I can't leave a comment without a rating.)

  • rayoung5 Posted: 07/06/13
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    I read the other reeviews and used the cilantro leaves rather than the stems. I thought it was delicious with the addition of Siracha sauce. I squeezed a lot of the lime wedge over it first before digging in as it seemed to help the flavors. If I make it again, I will probably spice up the chicken a little with some garlic to add some flavor. Will definitely make it again.

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