Spicy Vegan Chicken in Pad Thai Sauce with Garlic and Ginger Green Beans and Cauliflower Rice

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2014

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This is pretty spicy & quite delicious and, due to the tamarind, has a very different flavor from most of the other Asian vegan chicken dishes I have posted.  I used the tamarind paste below which looks like thick tar.

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This made my Pad Thai sauce inky & thick & somewhat hard to photograph – lemme tell you.  You might want to use a thinner type – like below –

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or tamarind juice or – if tamarind is to exotic for your market – substitute 1) a TBS vegan Worcestershire sauce mixed with a few TBS tomato paste or 2) 1/4 cup orange juice mixed with 2 tablespoons lime juice or look HERE for other ideas.  OR – in a real pinch – buy some jarred or other pre-made Pad Thai sauce.

I served this with my Spicy Garlic & Ginger Green Beans & my Garlic & Ginger Cauliflower Rice – both seen below.  It was a very successful combination!

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This is easy-peasy & could be made with real chicken but Beyond Meat makes such a wonderful vegan one – why not try it out?  Just once?

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Spicy Vegan Chicken in Pad Thai Sauce


9 oz vegan chicken – cut into cubes

1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 TBS sriracha

1 jalapeno – diced (seeded – if you are sensitive to spices)

2 TBS  hoisin sauce (optional)

2 TBS tamarind

3 TBS soy sauce (or fish sauce if you are not vegetarian)

1 TBS vegetarian or oyster flavored sauce

1 TBS soy sauce

2 TBS rice vinegar

1 TBS white sugar

2 TBS brown sugar

4 garlic cloves – minced

Possible garnish: chopped cashews or peanuts, chopped purple cabbage, grated carrots, chopped scallions, lime wedges, cilantro

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Basically – put all the ingredients (except the chicken & garnish) in a pot, whisk together & boil until it reduces by 1/3.  Add the chicken to it & heat through.

Serve over rice (or cauliflower rice) and maybe green beans garnish as you please.  Then settle down & watch the video below of me reading from my book – Bathing & the Single Girl – at Vroman’s last month!

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The top video there is trailer for my novel.  The second is me reading from it a while back – at Vroman’s.


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