My children love this. LOVE. There really isn’t much not to love about it as long as you like peanut butter. I have several different versions of this recipe, but this one is my children’s favorite and it is the simplest to prepare. A win-win situation of you ask me.
You will need:
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup water
2T soy sauce, or Tamari (which is basically gluten free soy sauce)
1T brown sugar (if your peanut butter is sweetened skip this)
2T veg oil
3 cloves garlic, minced OR 6 cloves ROASTED garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (use more if you would like this anything but mild)
4 chicken breasts
Mix all the ingredients through the crushed red pepper into a mixing bowl.
Yum, roasted garlic. Just doing my part to keep vampires at bay.
It will take a few minutes of vigorous mixing in order for it to become smooth.
Cover this and set aside. The longer you set it aside, the more the flavors will meld together and the spiciness will come through. If you think to make this in the morning, even better.
Cut the crowns off of your broccoli. Look broccoli up in the dictionary and vow to remember how it is spelled this time. Write it one last time in an effort to commit it to memory… broccoli. There.
I like to cut them into bite sized pieces so that I don’t have to cut it up at the table.
I fillet the chicken breast, as usual, and then slice it into strips. This makes cooking the chicken so much easier. Pour a little bit of oil into the pan, just enough so that it doesn’t stick, perhaps a tablespoon or two.
After the chicken is slightly browned on the outside remove it from the heat.
Dump the broccoli on top. Add about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of water to the skillet. Return it to low heat WITH A TIGHT FITTING LID IN PLACE (sorry ’bout that omission) and let the chicken and broccoli steam. This ensures that the chicken is cooked all the way through, yet remains moist, while the broccoli cooks.
Remove from heat. Oooooo, steamy. You can lean over and give yourself an impromptu facial if you desire, though you may get odd looks from your family. Not that I would know.
Almost all of the water should be gone now. If there is a small but left don’t worry about it. If there is still a significant amount just pour it off.
Dump the peanut butter mixture into the skillet.
Gently stir to coat. If you are too rough all the broccoli will break and that will be a tragedy.
Serve with rice. Or coconut rice if you feeling crazy. Enjoy.
This is one of those meals that tastes just as good (better?) reheated. I ate it for lunch the next two days and was wishing I could have had it again today. Instead I had hummus. No, I am not sick of it yet.