Open-Faced Thai Peanut Chicken Sub Sandwiches

Yeah we need to talk.


First of all, Parenthood. OOOOMMMMGGGmyachybreakyheart.

I’m not completely caught up, but I’m in the current season. Well, I’m only fifteen minutes into the current season because Hulu decided to get all jankidy jank on me last night. But by the looks of things, I’m due for a colossal breakdown riiiiight abouuuut yesterday. With Zeek’s health, little Victor now on the scene, and Mark Cyr still looking like a creepy seventeen year old from 1985, I don’t rightly know how to manage the disruption within my soul guts.

(It’s that nasty mustache. I just want to take a wood chipper to it.)

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And the way everyone is seriously growing up before my very face? It’s bizarro-town to watch it the way I am, thirteen episodes per night. (I’m totally kidding! It’s probably only like twelve.) But it’s like watching TIME TRAVEL. But into the future. And not backwards. So I guess the normal way. But faster. Never mind.


Max’s voice is so deep now. Haddie’s hair is actually starting to look cute. Zeek’s hair is a lost cause. I still love the way Camille’s voice sounds like a little deer tiptoeing across an icy pond. Crosby still has a place in my bra. I still get so choked up watching Kristina’s face crinkle up every five minutes because she’s about to cry. I want to stick Nora in my ovaries. I kind of wish Julia would stop wearing button ups (buttoned ALL the way up) underneath deep-v sweaters. I actually really like Amber and her ever-changing stages of rebellion. And hair. Drew’s face seriously looks different though. It’s like his eyelids have grown or something.


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I guess what I’m trying to tell you is, Netflix took away all my exercise videos and I’m depressed. I obviously have no other choice than to keep shoveling yummy canoes of Thai peanut sloppiness into my orifice.



Isn’t it time to start planning game day food anyway? Or . . . lunch?



Open-Faced Thai Peanut Chicken Sub Sandwiches:

What it took for 6 subs:

(sauce inspired by this one )

* 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (or smooth if that’s your bag)
* 5 Tbs. coconut milk
* juice from half a lime
* 1 Tbs. soy sauce
* 1 tsp fish sauce
* 3 tsp sambal oelek (or 2 tsp sriracha)
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced ginger
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
* 1 Tbs. peanut oil
* 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into a small dice
* 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 carrot, julienned
* 2 scallions, finely diced
* 3 hoagie subs, sliced in half
* chopped peanuts for garnish

In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter through the cilantro. Cover and let sit on the counter about 45 minutes.

Heat the peanut oil in a wok over high heat. Add the diced chicken to the wok and toss to sear all over, 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Off the heat, drain any collected juices from the chicken. Then add the Thai peanut sauce and toss to coat the chicken. Taste a piece just to make sure everything feels good in your life.

Lightly toast the sliced subs. Spoon a good mixture of that awesome sloppy chicken-ness onto the subs. Top with carrots, scallions and chopped peanuts.

Oh my sweet babies, you guys.

* a quicker weeknight option is to just use the bottled Thai peanut sauce, but you should definitely give the homemade version a whiz!


I feel better already.

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42 Responses to Open-Faced Thai Peanut Chicken Sub Sandwiches

  1. Heather @ Heather's Dish January 3, 2013 at 7:57 am #
    uuuuuuuuuuuuugh, feed me noooooooooooooow!
  2. Krissy @ Make it Naked January 3, 2013 at 8:08 am #
    That show is FA-NOM-IN-ULLLLL! Just watched the newest episode last night. I think it was the first show this season I didn't cry. And I'll take two of these please. Thanks.
  3. Kathryn January 3, 2013 at 8:28 am #
    Parenthood never really has taken off here which makes me so sad as everyone seems to love it so much. I'd better have six sandwiches to make up for it.
  4. joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 3, 2013 at 8:44 am #
    This fabulous, esp the rolls you used! PS. I love Parenthood, mainly because I've been obsessed with Lauren Graham since she was Lorelai on Gilmore Girls (which I still think is a hilarious show).
  5. Katie January 3, 2013 at 8:54 am #
    Girl, you're in my head. I was just pondering a Thai sandwich for my lunch today. Even though I haven't had breakfast yet.
  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction January 3, 2013 at 9:04 am #
    Bev, these sandwiches look simply AMAZING. I am new to your site - well, I may have stumbled on it once or twice - but I am mesmorized by the beautiful photography! and these sandwiches are like my dream sandwich. Chicken pad thai is my go-to at our local pad lunch spot and I always chose peanut thai chicken salads when i see them on the menu. You read my mind with these!!
  7. claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 3, 2013 at 9:10 am #
    Oh yes. PEANUT SACE!! for my face.
  8. marla January 3, 2013 at 9:17 am #
    Lovely miss Bev!!
  9. Heather Christo January 3, 2013 at 9:23 am #
    oh yes. nice work Bev.
  10. Ali | Gimme Some Oven January 3, 2013 at 9:40 am #
    Oh my GOODNESS, Bev - these look crazy good! And literally the first thing I did when I arrived home last night was to start catching up on Parenthood!!! SO. GOOD!
  11. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme January 3, 2013 at 10:32 am #
    This sandwich is calling my name. It looks amazing!
  12. Carly @ Snack Therapy January 3, 2013 at 10:38 am #
    I want to shove all three of those into my mouth at one time. Wait... That sounds really dirty. But I do.
  13. Karly January 3, 2013 at 10:42 am #
    Ugh. Parenthood turns me into this sobbing mess every week. Which totally sucks, because when I cry my teeth get all slimy feeling and that's just gross. Anyway, do you think if I opened my mouth really wide you could shove an entire sandwich in there? My husband thinks not, but I think yes.
  14. a farmer in the dell January 3, 2013 at 11:16 am #
    I am right there with ya on the whole Parenthood thing. I am almost caught up as well and cannot bring myself to stop watching. Seriously, all of a sudden it's 1 a.m. and I realize I haven't even eaten dinner yet. Yep, it's gettin real.
  15. Meagan Wied January 3, 2013 at 11:44 am #
    These look so good and I bet would be delicious in a lettuce wrap!
  16. Becky January 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm #
    I love Parenthood! I'm caught up now, but up until this season, I watched like you're watching, 12 episodes a night!!! I fell madly in love with Peter Krause as Nate Fisher on Six Feet Under, and was meaning to watch Parenthood from the start, but it didn't happen. But I'm so happy I've finally "found my way", and am current with it! Crosby's okay, but more my daughter's type than my own. Love the Zeke character. He's so different than "Coach" was, and I'm loving him!!! Yeah, lots going on this season. Oh, and I'm so going to try this sandwich! You had me at "Thai"!!!
  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks January 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm #
    The flavors of anything with a peanut sauce or similar flavors are always a win! I love that you also worked coconut milk into this!
  18. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm #
    Um, yeah...need these now!
  19. Kara January 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm #
    I love this idea!!
  20. Brian @ A Thought For Food January 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm #
    Ok... I should know never to look at your site after going to the gym. Major fail.
  21. Kari@Loaves n Dishes January 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm #
    You could put this chicken on a shoe and it would taste good! Love peanut sauce.
  22. Cassie | Bake Your Day January 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm #
    Girrrrrl, yees. That sauce. And that show. And that does need to go.
  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm #
    I would totally bathe in peanut sauce. I love that you added a touch of coconut milk too, perfect!!!
  24. Sharla January 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm #
    Mmm...these would also make great wraps! I'm about to order all seasons of Parenthood. We kept up with it for so long then kind of lost touch with the Braverman's. However I saw the Christmas episode this season and realized THAT'S what's been missing in my life!
  25. Megan @ Country Cleaver January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm #
    I have a long list of shows that I need to start/catchup on/ rewatch endlessly - and Parenthood is one of them. And what the heck Netflix, you're killing me Smalls! Go home Netflix, you're drunk. Also thai me or else I'm gonna eat all six subs worth of this.
  26. Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 4, 2013 at 12:57 am #
  27. Julie @ Table for Two January 4, 2013 at 9:25 am #
    we DO need to talk. we need to talk about how you should come over right this second and build this amazing sandwich for me!!
  28. Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 4, 2013 at 10:12 am #
    Now this is my kind of sandwich!
  29. Shaina January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am #
    It is presently time to start stuffing my face.
  30. Ross | TheFaceBaby January 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm #
    Haha, all of the ladies on that show are professional criers. ALL of them. Kristina just happens to be the ultimate tear machine. For serious, she cries in every scene. Even if it's a happy cry, or an irrationally angry cry, or a sleeping cry (is that even possible?), you know it's coming - but she's SO good at it. She could cry because the grass grew quicker than she expected it to, and I'd have no choice but to feel bad for her. Insanity. Oh, and julienned carrots rock my socks. Just sayin'
  31. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm #
    Ha ha! I'm behind on Parenthood, so I'm glad you didn't give anything away... I totally forgot about exercise videos on Netflix. Too little, too late now, I guess. Oh well. That stinks that yours got pulled. Sandwich looks awesome...
  32. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 6, 2013 at 2:27 am #
    To. die. for. So when can I come over for dinner?
  33. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen January 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm #
    OMG!!!! I want 7 million thousand of these in my face orifice right now!!!
  34. June 7, 2013 at 10:16 am #
    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post. It was practical. Keep on posting!


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