Thank you, Rachel Ray for saving the culinary day.
At a loss for a quick dinner this week, I was thinking about scrambling through the drawer full of takeout menus. Then I remembered watching RR on TV and watching her prepare a Make Your Own Take Out meal - Spicy Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce.
Ah, shades of the Seventies! There were very few Asian restaurants where we lived and I remember trying to find authentic ingredients - okay, water chestnuts and baby corn - to experiment with my new wok.
Didn't everyone get a wok for Christmas in 1977?
So, I loved RR's MYTO for the day and I made it that very night. I loved it; the boy scraped out the offending water chestnuts, pronounced it edible, but didn't beg for seconds.
Make Your Own Take Out: Spicy Peanut Chicken
- 1 cup brown or white rice made to package directions
- 3 tablespoons vegetable or other high temperature cooking oil
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, diced into small bite-sized pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- Salt and pepper
- 1 inch ginger root, grated or minced
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or reduced sugar peanut butter
- 1/4 cup Tamari sauce or reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon chili paste
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 can sliced water chestnuts (8 ounces), drained
- 1 bunch scallions, whites and greens chopped on angle into 1-inch pieces
- cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
Start brown or white rice and 10 minutes before it is done begin your stir fry.
Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, add bell peppers and stir fry 2 minutes more. Remove chicken and peppers to a plate and add 2 tablespoons more oil to the pan. Add ginger and garlic and stir fry 15 seconds then add in peanut butter, soy, stock, chili paste and sesame oil and stir to combine into sauce. Add chestnuts and scallions and toss 1 minute, add chicken and peppers back to pan with peanuts and turn to coat in sauce. Serve over rice.