July Throw Down Entry---Sweet and sour chicken with stir fried veggies, shrimp and kelp noodles

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by redneck69, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

      Sweet and sour chicken with stir fried veggies, shrimp and kelp noodles

    Redneck69 with help of my beautiful girl friend (aka wifey)

    Brine mix for 2 whole chickens

    2 bay leaves

    1 TBL ginger root powder

    2 TBL Chinese five spice

    4 TBL sea salt

    2 TBL black pepper

    2 TBL Jamaican jerk seasoning

    2 TBL garlic powder

    2 TBL onion powder

    8 TBL coconut sugar

    1 gallon cold water

    add all ingredients in the cold water and mix well, add chickens, cover and in fridge overnight

    sweet and sour sauce

    ½ cup coconut sugar

    ½ cup water

    2 TBL white wine vinegar

    1 ½ TBL coconut aminos sauce

    3 TBL ketchup

    2 tsp potato starch mixed with 2 tsp water   

    Wisk water, vinegar, aminos sauce, ketchup and coconut sugar together in sauce pan over low heat till boiling.  Add mix of starch and water to thicken

    Hot mustard

    ¼ cup dry mustard

    1/3 cup cold water

    1/8 tsp olive oil

    Mix and stir well, set aside covered

    Veggie, shrimp mix

    20 baby carrots shredded

    3 cloves fresh chopped garlic

    1 whole onion chopped fine

    1 green pepper chopped into 1/4” pieces

    2 cups mini shrimp

    1/8 cup olive oil

    Sauté all items but shrimp together over low heat, add shrimp when almost done

    Chickens freshly pulled out of the MES 40 smoker, with the breast meat at 165 degrees, used some cherry saw dust in the AMS and some wine barrel chips in the tray

    Close up shot

    Veggies, shrimp and kelp noodles on low heat right before adding the sweet and sour sauce

    Plated with some sliced chicken breast meat and a spoon full of hot mustard

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Red Neck......  That is one impressive dish......  If I had the skills and ingredients, I would give it a try.....    [​IMG]  ....

  3. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    thank you Dave...it took awhile to think of something different for this contest and the girl friend and i decided on this...everything is 100% natural..chicken, veggies, shrimp, dry spices and the kelp...there were a lot of great entries for this one..hat's off, to the winners
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I was looking to see if you made the noodles....   I was going to ask, " How the H did you make them" ???    
  5. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    we actually picked them up at a local health food store called "Nutters" they come in a sealed plastic bag...i used to eat them all the time when i was in the Navy stationed in the Philippines...they can be used in a ton of different dishes...they soak up flavors like a sponge and have a great consistency
  6. dcarch

    dcarch Smoking Fanatic

    It is such a shame! You did a wonderful, creative and delicious job.

    I voted for the eggplant parmesan entry. After that I went back to look at your entry again. I enhanced your picture to get a better idea of what you had done, and realized I should have voted for you.

    For some reason, your picture was very small and very dark. After I brightened it, it showed that you had done a very respectable plating design and cooked a beautiful innovative dish. Absolutely you would have won many more votes.

    If you like I can post your picture enhanced.

  7. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    you can if you want dcarch...thank you for the praise...i submitted my entry on a word document..so i think that is why my pic came out so small....plus all the entries looked awesome...this was the 1st throw down my girlfriend and i entered...so we will be better prepared for the next one with what people are expecting and looking for.
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice dish and some interesting ingredients. I use a lot of Mung Bean Noodles, Tofu Noodles and Palm Sugar but have never tried Coconut Sugar or Kelp Noodles...JJ
  9. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    my girlfriend is a health nut and likes everything to be all natural...which i have gotten into that also...thanks to her i have actually become healthier, more active, cook and eat smarter...i enjoy my lifestyle change for being healthier
  10. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    Mung Bean Noodles....those sound interesting...need to find some and try them
  11. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    just did a quick search...they are fairly close to kelp noodles with how they are used and absorb flavors
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    They are used extensively in many Asian Countries, especially in Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. They are also sold as Bean Thread or Glass Noodles. Most often they come packed in bundles that are enough for 2 servings. Drop a bundle in 350*F oil and they RAPIDLY expand to 4-6X their original size and get very crunchy, makes for a cool looking stir fry base. Soaked or in soup they are crystal clear and very slippery but hold sauce well. Their flavor is very plain with a slightly chewy texture unless over cooked. They don't really absorb flavor but are a great delivery system for what ever you combine them with. They add a textural dimension to Vietnamese Spring Rolls both the meat, raw veggie and herbs style and the Crispy Pork and Carrot kind. My favorite use is a Red or Green Curry Paste and Coconut Milk Stir Fry with Shrimp, Asparagus, Eggplant and what ever assorted veg I feel like adding, Thai Basil, Mint, Cilantro, Kaffir Lime Leaf and a big hit of Fish Sauce is a must. A squeeze of Lime balances the Sweet, Sour, Salty flavors of the dish that are sought after by the Thai people...JJ
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013
  13. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    i need to find some and give them a shot..i'm no chef by any means...but i love to experiment with new things...and somehow they usually turn out pretty darn good....this coming from my girlfriends kids, her parents and my family...my girlfriend is an amazing cook also...put both of us in a kitchen and me can make one heck of a meal
  14. dcarch

    dcarch Smoking Fanatic

    Here it is. This is the same picture you entered, just centered, enlarged, and brightened.

    I think it really shows what a wonderful dish you had made and how beautifully the dish was plated.


    Original picture


  15. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    looks good dcarsh...i may have to break out my SLR camera and start using it more for "finish" photos along with one my editing programs...a cell phone can only do so much

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