Believe it or not, Brent and I have never eaten at P.F. Chang’s until Stacy invited us among others to join her in a re-creation party, P.F. Chang style. Of course we wanted to participate, but having no idea what the food was like (other than knowing it was asian-themed casual dining).
A few days after Stacy’s invite, we ordered take-out from P.F. Chang’s. Brent got the gluten-free thai basil sambal noodles with shimp (from the new “Inspired” menu–recreated here) and I got the gluten-free ginger chicken with broccoli. Before diving in, set aside a small container of each of our dinner items for taste-testing during our actual cooking experiment the next day.
Sometimes, chicken thighs get old. So, we recently decided to mix things up a bit. Instead of baking or grilling, we thought, why not transform these regular thighs into a roulade? I’m sure more people would use breast meat, but we love thigh meat and it’s what we had in our freezer.
This seemingly delicate dish takes time but its actually very easy to make. The only tricky part (in my opinion) is pinning the roulades just right with the toothpicks. Thankfully, Brent was very successful with that part.
[Updated September 12, 2013]
These chicken parm bites are something that Heather came up with back in June of 2012, very early into our real food journey. Lucky for us, we had started this blog, so the recipe was kept documented. Unlucky for us, we were very new with our presentation, so neither our directions or pictures were especially helpful.
Another win in our favor is that we have since made great friends in the community who led us to take better pictures and inspired us to do better work. As this is one of our favorite recipes, we updated it recently to share with you. This is absolutely fabulous, and I think you will really like it. These little “parm poppers” are delicious on their own, but definitely are well suited to the zoodles and red sauce. I would gather you could likely use this wash and coating on larger cuts of chicken as well, but we haven’t tried it just yet. Either way, we hope you’ll love this creation. Let us know what you think!
Full disclosure: I pulled this recipe from Civilized Caveman and played around with it a little bit. It was delicious; spicy and flavorful and ridiculously juicy. I forgot how much better bone-in and skin-on chicken is, and the best part is that it’s less expensive than the prepared stuff.