Happy Friday everyone! It’s recipe time! Craving something that is comforting, tastes like a takeaway but offers several health benefits and keeps you feeling satisfied? Don’t worry I have it covered this week. Takeaways are delicious and I do tend to indulge and have one every now and then, it’s a nice treat. However, I love re-creating takeaway favourites and changing the recipe around and making my own version.
This week I have done my own twist on the Chinese peanut butter chicken favourite. When I was in Singapore I tried lots of different cuisines and I delved into the true world of peanut butter! I tried lots of savoury dishes incorporating my favourite ingredient (peanut butter). It was a delicious experience.
Not forgetting, I am a huge lover of peanut butter and wherever I can incorporate it, I will! I usually top my oats with peanut butter, or eat it out of a jar with a spoon… Because, why not?! However, this time around I have put it to some good use and made a delicious evening/lunchtime meal.
This recipe can be doubled in size to feed more people, or it can be used for a few days of meal preparation; lunchtime and evening meals. Get creative! This doesn’t have to be served with broccoli, mix it up and have spinach, a side salad or some vegetable stir fry. Change the quinoa for some rice, a sweet potato or some couscous. This could be made as a light chicken salad, simply remove the quinoa for a lighter alternative. The more you get creative, the more you will enjoy the healthier alternatives. Choose what suits your preferred taste and explore the world of healthy eating and healthy ingredients.
- 1/2 onion – diced
- 1tsp of coconut oil – for frying the onion and peppers, this can be changed to your oil alternative
- 1/2 red pepper – diced
- 1/2 yellow pepper – diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tin of tomatoes, chopped – if you want to add more to make the mixture larger, you will have to alter the spices and seasonings accordingly
- 1tsp garlic
- 1tsp ginger
- 2tsp low salt soy sauce
- 2 chicken breast fillets pre-cooked, I chopped mine prior to cooking and fried this off in a pan separately to ensure it was cooked throughout
- 2tsp of crunchy peanut butter – I used Pic’s no added salt PB, it’s super delicious and contains no nasty ingredients, this is what adds the true taste to this dish! Check out my review here – Nuts For Pic’s Peanut Butter – It is not to be missed and your love for peanut butter will grow even larger after trying theirs! Don’t worry, you can substitute this for your preferred peanut butter alternative.
Sides (don’t forget to get creative and experiment with your sides, I chose these because I love broccoli and quinoa!)
- Steamed/boiled broccoli
- Quinoa, homemade
- Fry the diced peppers and diced onion together in a pan on a low heat in some coconut oil (or oil of your choice) and allow this all to go golden brown. Keep stirring as it cooks, to make sure it doesn’t burn or stick to your pan.
- Add all of your dry herbs and seasonings to this and cook for three minutes on a low heat, remember to keep stirring as you go!
- Add the tinned tomatoes, soy sauce and peanut butter to the mixture in the pan and stir everything together. Make sure the peanut butter is evenly combined together and doesn’t stay in lumps, we want this mixture to taste of peanut butter goodness throughout!
- Add your sliced cooked chicken breast to your tomato, pepper, onion and peanut butter mixture and cook for 10 minutes on a low heat, allow this to simmer for a further 5/10 minutes. At this stage, you may need to add water to alter the consistency depending on how thick you want the sauce to be, I like there to be lots of sauce so my quinoa soaks up all of the flavours!
- Display all of your ingredients on your plate and add some peanuts for extra garnish and to add some extra crunch! Enjoy!
I loved experimenting in the kitchen with the Pic’s peanut butter and getting creative with my food choices. I am a huge lover of cooking and baking and it truly helps me unwind and de-stress. When I get back to university mid-September I won’t be able to spend as much time in the kitchen, but this recipe doesn’t require a lot of effort and it ticks all of the boxes. I know this will help me get through my studying!
*If you do re-create this recipe be sure to tag me in your images! I would love to see them!*
I hope you all have a wonderful week and continue to smile, be positive and be strong. Don’t forget to fuel your body with goodness, have fun and always make the most of every situation. Food doesn’t have to be boring. Experiment and be prepared! Make things easier for yourself and get organised.
A huge thank you goes out to Pic’s peanut butter for sending me some samples of their nut butters, they’re delicious and they didn’t disappoint. Watch this space for some more recipes coming soon! Keep up to date with Pic’s and their journey using the following links below:
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