Everyone is on a budget, and I gave this the 99Meal because majority of the ingredients were purchased for under a dollar, even the chicken, if you consider it $.99/lb then yes, about 4 pieces will equal to a dollar. So this was kind of a last minute meal using things I mostly bought at the 99 Cent Only stores. It was the basic “whatever I throw together” meal and it was a real success. It’s a great meal for 2 big eaters or 4 small eaters. You probably can serve with some soup & salad to complete it. But Samin is always the best thing to use for a quick meal.
4 Chicken thighs
2 pkts Top Ramin
½ large onion, julienne
½ Green Bell Pepper, julienne
½ C broccoli florets
¼ C broccoli stems, julienne
1 carrot, julienne
½ C water
1 T Splenda or Sugar Alternative
1/8 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Sake
½ T Olive or Canola Oil
¼ C Green Onions, diced (for garnish)
Back Sesame Seeds, optional (for garnish)
Ground Black Pepper
In a wok or sauce pan, spray a little oil and add your chicken over medium heat. Combine 1 sauce packet from the samin with ½ C water, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Sake & ground pepper, mix well and set aside.
Lightly brown and turn the chicken, have it lightly brown on each side (about 3-4 minutes, shorter if you have no bones). Once browned, pour your sauce mixture into and bring to high heat basting the chicken in the sauce until all the liquid is gone and the chicken is no longer pink on the inside.
Add your carrots to the mix and sauté mixture for 2-3 minutes. Then add your broccoli stems and cook for an additional minute, be sure to stir your veggies around. Add your Onions, Bell Pepper, and Broccoli florets and cook until the onions just about turn transparent. Season chicken veggie mix with salt & pepper to taste.
Remove entire mixture to a platter and return the pan to heat. Add 1 C water and your pan or wok and the other sauce packet from the saimin and bring to a boil. Add the noodle contents of the 2 packets of saimin and cook until all the liquid is gone and the noodles are soft. Move the noodles to the side of the pan and pour ½ T of oil, toss noodles and continue to fry for 1-2 minutes to crisp the noodles a little.
Remove from heat and set aside on separate platter, sprinkle with green onions and black sesame seeds if desired. To serve, portion out the noodles to 4 plates and spoon the 1 chicken and veggies on top. You can also mix everything together after cooking so there are an even amount of veggies in each serving.
Note: If you want a faster cooking time, you can dice your chicken & marinade your chicken in the sauce for 20 minutes before cooking.