Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken

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I do not know why this never occurred to me before. Need a way to get you kids to eat new foods or lots of veggies? Cover them in peanut butter!

A few weeks ago I was speaking to a co-worker while she was eating some Thai peanut sauce take-out from a nearby restaurant and Oh. My. Gosh. it looked amazing. It was almost (ok not almost) embarrassing how much I was staring at her plate of food. The next evening I got home and decided that I couldn’t go another day without figuring out a recipe for that delightful-looking meal. I figured that my kids would eat it, but necessarily with much enthusiasm so you can imagine my surprise when they cleaned their plates! Success!

Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken
printable recipe

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
10 oz rice noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped into very thin strips
1 mild green pepper, chopped into very thin strips
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 large carrot, peeled with a vegetable peeler into thin strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch of broccoli florets
2-3 scallions chopped, green and white parts divided
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup cashew or peanut halves

Pour the olive oil into a large skillet, then sauté the chicken until golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Adding a touch more olive oil if needed, sauté the peppers and the whites of the scallions until soft. Add the mushrooms, garlic, carrot strips and scallion greens to the pan and sauté until soft.

Pour the chicken broth into the pan and add the broccoli. Bring to a simmer until broccoli is steamed, then add the chicken back into the pan and stir in soy sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes, honey and peanut butter. Stir until smooth and combined.

Add in the cashews or peanuts and serve over rice or rice noodles.

Source: A Laura’s Recipe Collection Original