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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Peanuty Chicken Stir Fry {recipe}

If you have ever watched me cook, you know that I am definitely not a recipe follower.  I love coming up with new pasta sauce and stir fry combinations.

I've been wanting to try my hand at a spicy peanut stir fry sauce for a while.  Here is what I came up with for last night's dinner.

Spicy Peanutty Chicken Stir Fry

2 whole chicken breasts, sliced into bite size pieces
1/3 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. water
2 T. soy sauce (low sodium preferred)
1 T. brown sugar
2 t. rice wine vinegar
2 T. vegetable oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 t. crushed red pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
2 c. chopped broccoli
1 medium red onion, quartered and sliced
1/2 c. unsalted peanuts

In a small bowl, blend the peanut butter, water, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar; set aside.  In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and red pepper;  saute for about 1 minute, taking care not to burn the garlic.  Add the chicken, and stir fry for about 5 minutes until the chicken pieces are white.  Add the broccoli and onions and stir fry until broccoli is bright green and just becoming tender; about 3 minutes.  Stir in peanut butter mixture.  Cook, stirring constantly until the sauce is smooth and begins to thicken.  Toss in peanuts and serve over brown or white rice.

Thinly sliced carrots would be a tasty and colorful addition.
Up the red pepper to 1 t. for added spiciness.
Not a meat fan?  Substitute 1 block diced firm tofu for the chicken.

I loved that the peanuts added just the right crunch to the dish.  It was great served over steaming brown rice.  And, is a great leftover lunch the next day!

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