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Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice – Vegan Recipe for Meatless Monday

This Thai peanut stir fry has a boatload of veggies to add lots of flavor and nutrition to your dinner meal.

Team this vegan stir fry with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and you will tempt even the most meat loving family member. Be sure to make extra rice. The left overs are perfect in rice patties for another meal.

We love Thai recipes at our house. They have a nice level of heat without being too overpowering and also pack a powerful flavor punch.

Today, we’ll be converting a traditional stir fry recipe into one that fits a vegan diet by substituting Gardein chicken strips for normal chicken.

This plant based protein is ready in just five minutes to jump-start your meatless Monday meal.

Thai peanut stir fry in a bowl with a towel.

My daughter and I are both following a vegan diet, so we are on the lookout for recipes to convert and these meatless chicken strips are getting a work out.

If you enjoy Thai cooking, be sure to check out my recipe for tamarind paste substitute. It’s an ingredient often called for in Thai recipes.

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Thai Peanut Stir Fry Veggies and Brown Rice Sensation

You can really use whatever veggies you have on hand.  My vegetable garden is producing well right now, so I had lots of veggies to choose from.
Broccoli, peppers, peas, onions and other vegetables on a cutting board.

I chose carrots, onions, celery, ginger, broccoli florets, baby bell peppers. zucchini, mushrooms and Brussel sprouts to go add flavor to the vegan chicken strips.

I always cut up every thing before I start cooking. It seems to make the cooking process all come together faster.

Plus, you can do the cutting earlier in the day and then just stir fry right before you need the meal, so it is more relaxing for me to do it this way.

Making this Thai peanut veggie stir fry

I used a rice cooker to make my rice. Brown rice takes much longer than white rice does to cook, so you have to allow some extra time for cooking.

Brown rice in a bowl with a scoop.

However, the brown rice is more nutritious that white rice. It’s higher in fiber and magnesium as well as other nutrients. We love the nutty texture of brown rice at our house.

Once the rice is well underway, cook the vegetables in peanut oil in a skillet and add the Gardein chicken strips.

Combine the peanut sauce with sherry, cumin and arrowroot and add to the pan. The arrowroot will help the sauce to thicken.

Serve over brown rice.  I added some raisins and cumin to the rice to give it more flavor.

You’ll never guess that the Gardein stir fry has a meatless chicken substitute instead of the real deal. It tastes very authentic.

Vegetable and chicken stir fry with brown rice.

What are your favorite quick and easy dinner meals? Have you tried any Gardein chicken strips recipes? Please leave your comments below.

Monday meal ideas – other vegan recipes to try

Do you follow a vegan diet? Try these recipes for something new:

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Admin note: This recipe for Thai peanut stir fry first appeared on the blog in April of 2013. I have updated the post to add new images, a printable recipe card with nutritional information and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 2 servings

Thai Peanut Stir Fry and Brown Rice

Stir fry in a bowl on a black background with checked green towel.

This Thai peanut stir fry combines lots of fresh veggies, with some peanut sauce and sherry. Serve it over brown rice and enjoy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


For the stir fry

  • 6 ounces of Gardein chicken strips
  • 1/2 cup of brussel sprouts, halved
  • 3/4 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup of zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of baby peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 cup of celery
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 inch slice of ginger, grated
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 4 tbsp Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of dry sherry
  • 4 teaspoons arrowroot


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup of spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/4 cup of water


  1. Cut your vegetables and set aside.
  2. Add all of the ingredients for the rice to a rice cooker and set for 40 minutes.
  3. 15 minutes before the meal time, Heat the peanut oil in a skillet and add the onion, garlic, peppers, celery and carrots and cook until the onion is tender, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the Gardein chicken strips and sauté for a few minutes.
  5. Add the remaining vegetables except for the peas and stir fry for another 2 or 3 minutes. Add the peas and stir for a few more minutes.
  6. Combine the peanut sauce, cumin, and sherry with the arrowroot and stir into the mixture. Keep stirring over medium heat until the sauce thickens.
  7. Serve with the cooked brown rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 750Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 1944mgCarbohydrates: 96gFiber: 14gSugar: 29gProtein: 29g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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