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Chicken and Vegetables in Peanut Sauce

Updated on March 3, 2015
Chicken and Vegetables in Peanut Sauce
Chicken and Vegetables in Peanut Sauce | Source

Do You Love Asian Cuisine?

I adore all varieties of Asian cuisine, but I prefer Thai food the most. I love the flavors of garlic, basil, curry, and most especially peanut found in Thai food. I have been a lover of anything containing peanut since birth! Yes, I am one those people who eats peanut butter off a spoon.

The prevalence of noodles, along with peanuts, in Thai cuisine caught my attention the first time I was introduced to this variety of food. I find Thai food to be much less salty than other types of Asian food. My obsession with Thai food has grown over the years, and I decided I would start making some Thai-inspired entrees at home. I have perfected this recipe over the past few years, and added the vegetables for more color and flavor.

This recipe is slightly more complicated and because of this I have presented it in three separate modules. By breaking the recipe down this way my hope is to prevent information overload, which can turn some people away from attempting a recipe. The recipe is really not difficult, it just requires a little multitasking! This entrée has become one of my husband's favorite dinners! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Chicken, snow peas, and red bell peppers.
Chicken, snow peas, and red bell peppers. | Source
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • garlic powder
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 15 -20 snow peas
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta

Instructions

  1. Marinate cubed chicken in extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder and salt for at least 1-2 hours prior to cooking if possible.
  2. Place chicken in large skillet with 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Add a dash of salt.
  4. Place on low heat.
  5. Stir often to make sure chicken is completely cooked.
  6. Rinse veggies.
  7. Slice red bell pepper, making sure all seeds have been removed.
  8. Pat snow peas dry with paper towels.
  9. String the snow peas, and slice into bite-size pieces on a diagonal angle.
  10. Add red bell pepper to skillet; mix well.
  11. Raise heat to low-medium temperature.
  12. Cook pasta until it is al dente.
  13. Add snow peas.
  14. Continue to stir chicken and vegetables frequently.
  15. Make Peanut Sauce (see below).
5 stars from 1 rating of Sauteeing the Chicken and Vegetables
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3 Piece Plastic Cutting Board Set - Acrylic Polypropylene - Dishwasher Safe - 3 Chopping Boards with Juice Groove Lip and Handle - Non Slip Rubber Ends

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The Peanut Sauce
The Peanut Sauce | Source

How to Make the Peanut Sauce - Part II

You should start making the peanut sauce while the chicken and vegetables are sautéing and the pasta is cooking. Remember to taste the sauce as you go, and add more of any ingredient you think the sauce needs. Finally, if you do not like your food overly spicy or hot, then start with only a small dash of cayenne pepper. A little bit goes a long way, and if the sauce does not have enough heat, you can always add more.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups reduced fat creamy peanut butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • fresh lime juice to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Soften peanut butter in microwave at 20 second intervals on power level 3.
  2. Place all ingredients into food processor or standard blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. If sauce is too thick add 1/4 cup water, and blend again.
  4. Taste. If needed, add more of any ingredients you find lacking until you get the taste you want. For example, if you prefer spicier foods, add more cayenne, or if you want the sauce sweeter, add more sugar.
  5. Blend the peanut sauce until it becomes smooth.
  6. **If you do not have a food processor or blender you can place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30 second intervals on power level 3.***
  7. Mix each time you check the taste.
  8. Continue to heat in microwave until sauce is smooth.
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Ninja Mega Kitchen System (Blender, Processor, Nutri Ninja Cups) BL770

This was a gift from my hubby and I absolutely love it! It is great for blending sauces, making smoothies, pizza dough, and it also juices. All parts are dishwasher safe. I also get lots of use out of the single serve container. Perfect for making a smoothie for one to go! I use my Ninja all the time!

 
The dish in the final stage of cooking
The dish in the final stage of cooking | Source

Completing the Dish - Part III

Once the pasta is ready and the peanut sauce is tasting the way you want, bring all the ingredients together, and complete the dish.

Ingredients

  • Peanut Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Chicken and vegetables

Instructions

  1. Drain your pasta well.
  2. Add the pasta to the chicken and vegetables.
  3. Raise heat to medium.
  4. Fold in the peanut sauce in slowly until all ingredients are coated.
  5. The sauce will thin out slightly after you add it to the chicken and vegetables.
  6. Continue to cook on medium heat until chicken is done all the way through, and the sauce has regained its thickness.

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Step By Step Photos of the Recipe From Beginning to End

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Cubed chicken ready to marinate in the refrigerator.Chicken during the cooking process.Sauteeing the chicken and red bell pepper.Chicken, red bell pepper, and snow peas continue to cook.The peanut sauce!Now the peanut sauce has been added to the chicken and vegetables. Continue to cook.The completed dish!
Cubed chicken ready to marinate in the refrigerator.
Cubed chicken ready to marinate in the refrigerator. | Source
Chicken during the cooking process.
Chicken during the cooking process. | Source
Sauteeing the chicken and red bell pepper.
Sauteeing the chicken and red bell pepper. | Source
Chicken, red bell pepper, and snow peas continue to cook.
Chicken, red bell pepper, and snow peas continue to cook. | Source
The peanut sauce!
The peanut sauce! | Source
Now the peanut sauce has been added to the chicken and vegetables. Continue to cook.
Now the peanut sauce has been added to the chicken and vegetables. Continue to cook. | Source
The completed dish!
The completed dish! | Source

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @Andy-Po: Yes, yes you should!! This dish is what I like to think of as my spin on Thai food at home. Of course, you can always add other ingredients to make it even more authentic! Thanks for the comment!!

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      Andy 3 years ago from London, England

      Sounds delicious. I have travelled all over Thailand, China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia etc. and absolutely love the cuisine, but, from those regions, I only really cook chinese food at home, so I really must try cooking some Thai.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Thanks for the comment!!

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      Colonel2013 3 years ago

      My wife introduced me to Thai cuisine when we were dating. I was not sure I wanted to try it but she convinced me to and boy I am I glad she did! I have loved it ever since!!

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      @SusanDeppner: It is super yummy! Thanks for the comment!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Can you believe I've never made peanut sauce? I need to do that. This sounds really good!