I wish I could take the credit for creating this beautifully balanced Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken dish, but that title goes to Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, of the Oprah Channel.
This meal has every delicious flavor you could want all in one bite.....sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy and tangy. The sauce for this dish cooks down to a rich and smooth consistency, it is hard to believe there is no added cream.
I am sure you will find this version is so much better than any take-out you will order. It tastes better, costs less and is much lower in calories, fat and sodium than the restaurant preparation of this dish. It is definitely a dish that you will want to serve at your family dinner table or serve to dinner guests.
recipe courtesy of Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup mild salsa
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 lb chicken tenders
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 to 4 scallions (green onions), chopped
1/2 cup whole peanuts
Mix together the first 7 ingredients (peanut butter through curry powder). Set aside.
Season tenders with salt.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet (use a skillet that has a lid), over high heat. Quickly brown tenders on both sides (they don’t need to be cooked through, just quickly browned).
Remove chicken onto a plate and cover with aluminum foil.
Depending on the size of the skillet, you might have to brown the tenders in a few batches.
Once all the tenders are browned, turn the heat down to low.
Add peanut butter mixture, then add cooked chicken back to the pan.
Cover and cook on low, for 30 minutes.
Remove the lid, and cook until the sauce reduces and thickens a bit.
Garnish with scallions and peanuts.
Serve with basmati rice.