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Chicken and Vegetables in Peanut Sauce
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!
- Prep time: 20 min
- Cook time: 20 min
- Ready in: 40 min
- Yields: 2-4
- 2 Boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cubed
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- garlic powder
- 1 red bell pepper
- 15 -20 snow peas
- 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
- Marinate cubed chicken in extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder and salt for at least 1-2 hours prior to cooking if possible.
- Place chicken in large skillet with 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil.
- Add a dash of salt.
- Place on low heat.
- Stir often to make sure chicken is completely cooked.
- Rinse veggies.
- Slice red bell pepper, making sure all seeds have been removed.
- Pat snow peas dry with paper towels.
- String the snow peas, and slice into bite-size pieces on a diagonal angle.
- Add red bell pepper to skillet; mix well.
- Raise heat to low-medium temperature.
- Cook pasta until it is al dente.
- Add snow peas.
- Continue to stir chicken and vegetables frequently.
- Make Peanut Sauce (see below).
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How to Make the Peanut Sauce - Part II
You should start making the peanut sauce while the chicken and vegetables are sautÃ©ing 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
- 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
- Soften peanut butter in microwave at 20 second intervals on power level 3.
- Place all ingredients into food processor or standard blender, and blend until smooth.
- If sauce is too thick add 1/4 cup water, and blend again.
- 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.
- Blend the peanut sauce until it becomes smooth.
- **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.***
- Mix each time you check the taste.
- Continue to heat in microwave until sauce is smooth.
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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.
- Peanut Sauce
- Chicken and vegetables
- Drain your pasta well.
- Add the pasta to the chicken and vegetables.
- Raise heat to medium.
- Fold in the peanut sauce in slowly until all ingredients are coated.
- The sauce will thin out slightly after you add it to the chicken and vegetables.
- Continue to cook on medium heat until chicken is done all the way through, and the sauce has regained its thickness.
Let Me Know What You Think!
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