Sep 25 2009
Wow. I just realized that my macarons post was my 100th post. I suppose it’s fitting that I included a more temperamental dessert in a milestone post, rather than the flop I’m posting today. I’m quite embarrassed to post the picture, as everything about the dish turned out that bad. But, flops happen. And I promised to post what I did with the leftovers of Project Chicken, so there was no getting out of this one.
I confess that I usually buy a gourmet spicy peanut sauce from a local specialty shop. The sauce is delicious, the price is decent, and I don’t have to stock 10 bottles of various Asian sauce components in my fridge. I make these sauces so rarely that the ingredients always seem to go bad before I get around to using everything up. The purchased peanut sauce, however, gets used up every time.
Well, this time I made my own sauce, following a recipe I found here. I had all of the ingredients, but I chose to forego the pasta and just do chicken with vegetables. At that point in the week, I really needed to use up that chicken, and having a bunch of leftovers was not ideal, since I wouldn’t be able to eat them anyway.
Um, I didn’t like this sauce. I only tasted peanut butter, and even though I thinned it not once, but twice, and only used some of it, it still was just way too overpowering. I’m curious as to whether anyone has a go-to spicy peanut recipe that actually tastes good…
Spicy Peanut Chicken and Vegetables
adapted from Delish
Leftover shredded chicken (I used about one breast)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
One bag of stir-fry vegetables
1 teaspoon oil
In a bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, chili sauce, and ginger.
Heat oil in a wok or large saute pan (preferrably non-stick) over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and saute until tender. Add chicken and saute for a minute to warm through. Reduce heat to medium-low and add peanut sauce. Thin with water to desired consistency.
*This dish likely would have turned out better with the noodles, as the peanut sauce would have been covering more food, and the noodles would have absorbed a little of the sauce. Then again, I didn’t like the flavor of the sauce, and I don’t think noodles would have helped that.