I love when recipe ideas just sort of come to me. Suddenly I just had a craving for chicken covered in a creamy and spicy peanut butter sauce. Of course I had to run to the store to gather the ingredients I was craving and make it happen. I am so glad I did.
The sauce when mixed with the rice and chicken has a great peanut butter flavor without being too peanut buttery, if that is even a word. The spice from the chipotle chilies in adobo really cuts through the peanut butter and adds a really nice background heat to the sauce. The more chillies you add the more spice you’ll get, or course, so I would add on chili and taste test the sauce to see if you would like more. Remember you can always add more spice but you can’t take it out so add you your minced chilies in increments.
Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken Ingredients
4 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup diced red pepper
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup chicken stock
1 or 2 chipotle chilies in adobo finely minced
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
1/4 cup green onion thickly sliced
1/4 cup salted peanuts
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cooked brown rice
Warm grill to medium high heat. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of chicken breasts. Cook chicken on the grill turning mid way through. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or the juices run clear and the center is no longer pink when cut into, cooking time will vary with the size and thickness of your chicken breasts. Make sure to test the temperature of your chicken breasts in the thickest part of the breast. When chicken is cooked through, let it rest on a plate for a minute or two before cutting it into slices.
In a medium sauce pan cook garlic, onion, and red peppers in olive oil over medium high heat just until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add chicken stock, peanut better, minced chilies and adobo sauce to pan and stir to mix thoroughly. Turn heat down to medium low. Cook sauce, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
To serve place sliced chicken breast on top of brown rice and topping with about a quarter of the spicy peanut butter sauce. Sprinkle green onion and salted peanuts over top and enjoy.
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