There aren’t a lot of Thai restaurants where I live, so we don’t eat this type of cuisine regularly, but my husband did take me to a Thai restaurant once, and we both enjoyed it. One of the things I loved most was the peanut sauce served with the chicken. Yum!
So, when I thought about celebrating National Peanut Day today, one of the first things I thought about was that peanut sauce. It’d been a long time since I’d had Thai peanut sauce, so I hit the Internet looking for easy-to-make at-home recipes. There’s a wide variety out there (seems that way for almost any recipe you find these days – everybody has their own take on things), but I took what I thought were the best, combined them, and created my own.
This sauce is a wonderful way to add some zest and flavor to dull leftover chicken. And if you’ve been following this blog long, you know I’m all about sprucing up chicken leftovers. And it’s totally easy. No special cooking skills required!
Here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (either crunchy or creamy)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 8-oz can coconut milk
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 cup peanuts (halved)
- Add the peanut butter, honey, coconut milk, lemon juice, and soy sauce to a blender jar.
- Blend for about 30 seconds on medium speed, and then reduce speed to low for 30 more seconds until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour mixture into a medium saucepan.
- Stir in the turmeric, cumin, red pepper, garlic, basil, and peanuts.
- Heat over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until heated through and completely combined.
- Serve immediately by spooning over shredded leftover chicken and prepared jasmine rice.
Like I said, it has been a long time since I went to that Thai restaurant, so I can’t attest to how close this recipe is to restaurant quality…and I certainly can’t say how authentic it is, since I’ve never been to Thailand. But I can say, for certain, that this makes for a yummy dinner. Even my kids like this sauce (they love peanuts, peanut butter, and soy sauce).
It looks like this is one recipe that might stay in our monthly dinner rotation for a long time!