Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  •  2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  •  1/3 cup water
  •  1/4 cup brown sugar
  •  3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce — divided
  •  1 tablespoon  fish sauce
  •  3 tablespoons  red curry paste
  •  2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  •  1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  •  4 teaspoons red pepper flakes — divided
  •  4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil — divided
  •  2 tablespoons minced garlic — about 6 cloves
  •  1 medium onion — thinly sliced
  •  12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast — (about 2 breasts), cut into 1/2-inch
  •  28 ounces frozen mixed vegetables — of choice, thawed (or substitute fresh)
  •  10 ounces fresh mushrooms, — sliced (or substitute any fresh or frozen, thawed vegetable)
  •  1/2 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts, — chopped, plus additional for serving
  •  1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro — plus additional for serving
  •  Prepared brown rice, — quinoa, or whole wheat spaghetti, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, water, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, fish sauce, curry paste, rice vinegar, ginger, and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large wok or deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add chicken sauté, stirring occasionally, until the middles are no longer pink and juices run clear, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan. Add vegetables and mushrooms and saute until crisp-tender, about 6-8 minutes, depending on the veggies selected.
  4. Return chicken to pan. Add reserved peanut sauce and remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes. Toss to coat evenly and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in peanuts and cilantro.
  5. Serve stir fry with prepared brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat spaghetti. Garnish with additional chopped peanuts and cilantro, as desired.