Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ginger Peanut Butter Chicken and Noodles

I have a confession to make. I love peanut butter. I think it might be my favorite food. When I go out to eat and there's something with peanut butter on the menu, I order it. I always have it in the house, sneaking a spoonful late at night (you know you do it too),  mixing it into cake frosting (see previous post PB+C birthday cake) and using it in a sauce for noodles.
I really enjoy cooking Asian inspired dishes, they're so simple to prepare but the flavors are so complex. There are a lot of ingredients in the sauce but each one really adds to the depth of flavor in the dish.

1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 bell pepper thinly sliced
1 medium onion thinly sliced
1/4 tsp sesame oil
4 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
1/2 lb. spaghetti or linguini

1 tsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 inch fresh ginger minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1Tbs silan (you can use regular honey, I like the deeper sweetness of the silan)
2 heaping Tbs peanut butter
1 Tbs orange juice

Chopped cilantro (optional)
Roasted peanuts (optional)

Bring a large pot of water up to boil, add salt and noodles, cook according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and sesame oil, cook for about 4 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the vegetables. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent and the peppers start to soften. Remove the vegetable from the pan. To make the sauce heat the vegetable oil, add garlic, ginger and pepper flakes. Cook for 30 seconds add the sesame oil, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Whisk in the silan, peanut butter and orange juice. Cook until sauce thickens if it's too thick add some water. Toss the noodles with the sauce and add chicken and vegetables. Top with cilantro and chopped peanuts. Serve with a side of edamame and a tall glass of iced green tea.

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