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Thai Lime and Chili Roasted Chickpeas

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Tangy, savory, and spicy, these crispy Thai Lime and Chili Roasted Chickpeas pack a punch of spicy and savory Thai flavors. Baked in the oven, they are a protein-packed healthier way to satisfy your salty snack craving.

Ever since I tried Trader Joe’s Thai Lime and Chili Cashews, I have loved the flavors of tangy lime, spicy chili, aromatic lemongrass, and Funky Umami (new band name!) in a snack food.

But here’s my problem: the nearest Trader Joe’s is over 100 miles away.

So I set forth into the kitchen on this long holiday weekend to try to replicate those flavors, or at least come close. And here’s the point in the post where you might expect a fun story about how I came up with the recipe, or a bit of backstory about a particular ingredient.

But I’m not going to do that.

Because you need this recipe… RIGHT. NOW.

Thai Lime and Chili Roasted Chickpeas - birdseedkitchen.com

So let’s get to it: these flavors are soooo good. And if you haven’t had roasted chickpeas, you’re missing out on a super-tasty, high-protein snack. I barely had enough of these left to photograph, because everyone munched on them right out of the oven.

Make sure you let them cool completely before storing them in a sealed container, because you don’t want any steam to reduce their crispness.

So here they are: Thai Lime and Chili Roasted Chickpeas. Also known as: your newest snacking addiction. Enjoy!

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Thai Lime and Chili Roasted Chickpeas - birdseedkitchen.com
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Thai Lime and Chili Roasted Chickpeas

Tangy, savory, and spicy, these crispy roasted chickpeas with Thai flavors are a healthier way to satisfy your craving for a salty snack.

Course Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Rachel

Ingredients

  • 1 can (29 oz) chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp fish sauce (or soy sauce for vegan option)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp lemongrass finely minced
  • 4 Kaffir lime leaves finely minced
  • zest of one lime

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Spread out on a clean kitchen towel or a baking sheet lined with paper towels and pat to dry thoroughly. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add chickpeas to the bowl and toss with oil mixture until well-coated.

  4. Pour chickpeas onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Be sure to scrape the bowl - don't leave that flavor behind!

  5. Roast for 45-50 minutes, shaking pan every 15 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.

  6. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. (If they last that long!)

 

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Cashew Curry

Turkey Sweet Potato Cashew Curry

I can’t remember the last time I was so completely impressed with a recipe – the first iteration of a recipe, no less – that it rendered me utterly speechless. So I have to tell you, I am writing this a couple of hours post-dinner, after two bowls of this velvety, sweet-sour-spicy, umami-rich turkey and sweet potato cashew curry.

I think I’ve found the words. It’s so perfect, I need to share it. It’s the best way I’ve ever used leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkey Sweet Potato Cashew Curry

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We cooked Thanksgiving dinner at my mom and dad’s house, and took most of the leftovers home. She was a pretty bird this year, and quite a bit bigger than we’re used to. Just look that crispy, golden skin…

the crispiest golden turkey skin you ever did see
Noah is definitely going to write a future post on how he makes THE BEST roast chicken and turkey. He roasted this bird.

I wanted to create a simple Thai curry with turkey, potatoes, and other vegetables. As it happened, we peeled a few too many sweet potatoes before Thanksgiving, and stashed them in the refrigerator. When simmered in this spicy coconut broth, they are rich and delicious, and a step above regular potatoes. You could substitute regular potatoes and create something a lot like a massaman curry (which I love), but their sweetness goes especially well with coconut milk and a little bit of ginger. Not to mention that sweet potatoes are richer in a lot of vitamins than white potatoes.

So what else is going on in this dish? Well, there is a lot of flavor, but putting it together is surprisingly uncomplicated. It takes a bit of prep, but only one pot (not including rice.)

Sautéing the red onion separately, before adding it to the sauce, is a technique I first saw on Serious Eats. The onions retain their beautiful purple color and just the right amount of texture when added to the curry at the end.

If you have it on hand, homemade stock will make a difference in this dish. We usually have some on hand, because of the aforementioned husband and his prowess with poultry. If you don’t have homemade stock, be sure to look for a low-sodium variety. I like Better Than Bouillon Low Sodium Chicken Base and have used it for years. It’s a concentrated paste, so it stores easily in the refrigerator and keeps for a long time.

I am not sure what brand of red curry paste I used, because I purchased it at an international grocery store and I can’t read the brand on the label! I guess that means it’s authentic, right? I definitely need more curry paste (of all types) in my life.

Finally, most Thai curries are served over jasmine rice, but we only had Basmati rice on hand. I think it’s a great substitute. Basmati rice also has the added benefit of a lower glycemic index than shorter-grain white rice, which means it has less of an impact on blood sugar.

I hope you enjoy this!

Turkey Sweet Potato Cashew Curry

Turkey Sweet Potato Cashew Curry
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Turkey and Sweet Potato Cashew Curry


Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large red onion sliced into wedges
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots diced
  • 2 1/2 cups sweet potatoes diced
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 can (13 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock unsalted, homemade is best
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (Three Crabs brand is best)
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lb cooked turkey diced
  • 1/4 cup green peas (frozen is ok)
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces

Serve With

  • hot basmati rice

Garnishes

  • cilantro leaves
  • lime wedges

Instructions

  1. In a dutch oven or heavy pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add onion wedges. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions start to brown around the edges. Remove onions from pan and set aside.

  2. Add curry paste, ginger, and garlic to the pot. Fry briefly for about a minute.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add carrots, potatoes, brown sugar, coconut milk, stock, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, star anise, and cinnamon stick. Stir to combine. 

  4. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are just tender.

  5. Gently stir in onions, cooked turkey, peas, and cashews. Simmer for about 5 minutes longer, or until hot.

  6. Remove and discard kaffir lime leaves, cinnamon stick, and star anise before serving over hot rice. Garnish with cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime if desired.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information provided is an estimate, and does not include rice. Actual nutrient values may vary.

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