Monday, May 23, 2022

So It's One More Round for Experience

Peanut Sauce Stewed Chicken

Do you love Thai peanut sauce?  Wouldn't it be wonderful on almost everything, especially a slow cooked stewed chicken? The answer is yes, yes it would, and yes it was.  I bought a jarred version online but after tasting the overly sweet and slight off-taste, I decided I could do better and made my own version.  This is an incredibly, instantly rewarding effort that you should try today, whether it be on noodles, as a dipping sauce or over a rice bowl.  
I get the fear trying to create Asian cuisine due to lack of culinary confidence.  It feels too mysterious to tackle with my mere mortal powers. I've always believed Asian food should be left to the professionals.  Which for this sauce is silly, especially as it uses common everyday elements.  This isn't the next level coconut milk, red curry paste type, it's more for beginners.  I made it first by taste and then researched recipes that were basically the same ingredient list.  
  • Peanut Butter 1/2 cup (I used crunchy, most advise creamy)
  • water 1/3 cup
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Garlic Chili Paste (big dollop)
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Rice Vinegar or lime (splash)
  • Honey (a squeeze)
Think of it like you're seasoning a BBQ sauce, but the base is peanut butter.  In other words, use as much as you like of the seasonings,  Because this would simmer for two hours, I made it super pungent as it would mellow during cooking. Keep tasting for your best version. 
I pan seared the chicken first on both sides before adding the sauce and then transferred to the oven on 325 for two hours. Drumsticks hold their constitution and are perfect for stewing.

And a repeat for a lunch box meal the next day

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