Easy Pancit (Filipino Noodles) w/ Rotisserie Chicken
I decided to write this post today because this is another dish you could use your leftover turkey in, though I don't know if they eat turkey in the Philippines. It's all fusion. Haha. :)
Pancit is a traditional Filipino noodle dish with slices of meat, carrot, cabbage, soy sauce and a few other things. There are lots of variations with different kinds of meat (pork or chicken) or shrimp and different kinds of noodles. When I think of pancit, I typically think of pancit bihon. Bihon is a type of rice noodle, which is very thin. It can be found in international grocery stores, maybe some everyday grocery stores and online. I didn't look too hard, but I couldn't find bihon noodles unfortunately. Instead, I used ramen noodles, which are cheap and available to everyone anyways. :)
I used this recipe from Panlasang Pinoy website as a guide, but I took some shortcuts. For example, I used Rotisserie chicken and pre-cut vegetables. This website is really good because they give good step-by-step instructions and tips.
Ingredients from Panlasang Pinoy:
- 1 1/2 lbs. chicken with bones and skin on
- 1/2 lb. bihon noodles rice sticks
- 1/2 lb. sotanghon noodles green bean thread
- 1/2 piece cabbage chopped
- 2 piece carrots julienne
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
- 1 piece onion sliced
- 3 stalk celery or celery heart, chopped
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
What I used:
- Rotisserie chicken (a few ounces - I didn't measure too closely; hand shredded)
- Ramen noodles - Chicken flavor (2 blocks)
- Chicken soup seasoning packet from the ramen
(instead of making chicken stock)
- Pre-cut carrots
- Pre-cut onions
- Cabbage from this salad mix bag
- Bonus: There were cashews in it too, which I used in one of my donut decorating art projects to make an animal. Stay tuned!
- 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- a few cloves of garlic
(I like garlic; you could use what was recommended. I chopped them. You can buy minced garlic in a jar too.)
- a little oil (for sauteing the vegetables)
1.) Saute the carrots and cabbage in some oil to soften them up -- on medium, probably for 5-7 minutes.
-- The reason I didn't put amounts for those is that you can add as little or as much as you want. It just impacts the ratio of veggies to noodles in your dish. If you like them, you can add a lot or if not so much, you could just add a little to sneak them in
2.) In a separate pot, boil the ramen noodles and then drain them.
3.) Once the carrots and cabbage are done, then take them out and put them asid. In that same pan, add a little oil and then saute the onions, garlic and chicken (or slices of pork, shrimp, or turkey :) ) to soften them up -- maybe 7-10 min on medium.
4.) Add the soy sauce and chicken "stock" to the pan with onions, garlic and chicken; mix together and let it simmer for a few minutes.
-- If you have chicken stock, go ahead and use it. I just made chicken "stock" by adding some of the ramen seasoning packet into water and pouring it in. I probably added too much water; we're not making soup. :) You probably only need 1/2 to 1 cup of water with 1/2 seasoning packet. It doesn't really matter though because you can eat the noodles and not the extra sauce.
5.) Add the carrots and cabbage back into the pan.
6.) Add the noodles and mix all together in the pan.
How good does that look? It lasted me several meals and it was only 2 ramen blocks with some chicken and vegetables. So cheap and pretty good for you. Give it a try! We are good at this!