1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup fish sauce (or water)
1 1/2 tbsps. Asian hot sauce (Rooster Chili Sauce works well)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. fresh ginger root, minced
3-4 chicken breasts halves, cut into short strips
1 cup broccoli flowerettes
1 tbsp. sesame oil
3 tbsps. brown sugar
1 small onion or shallot, diced
3/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup corn starch
3 tbsps. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 cup unsalted cashews, chopped (optional)
Combine the soy sauce, fish sauce or water (I prefer the water), Asian hot sauce, minced garlic and ginger root. Add the chicken, combine well and set in refrigerator for a couple of hours or at least a 1/2 hour.
Heat the sesame oil over medium heat in a large wok or pan. Add the onion, saute until translucent.
Add the brown sugar, stir until it's completely dissolved.
Cook the chicken in two parts,
Return the chicken including its juice to the pan, stir and simmer for five minutes
Add the broccoli flowerettes and simmer for another five minutes
Stir in the peanut butter until it dissolves. Simmer for five minutes.
Mix the cold water and the cornstarch together. I like to create a well in the middle of the meat and sauce to add the peanut butter and cornstarch. I mix it in the well first and then once it's dissolved I combine it with the meat and sauce. Don't add all the cornstarch just until it reaches the consistency you're happy with. Hubby likes his thick like gravy.
Serve warm with on a bed of Jasmine rice. Sprinkle with chopped cashew nuts (I didn't have any).
This was one of the first recipes I posted back in early 2010 when i started my blog. It wasn't a very thorough post entry, it was very amateur, with only two pictures. It's a family favorite recipe and since I made it today for dinner, I decided to post it again. I got the recipe from a former co-worker (Lene) several years ago. I love spicy, Asian food and although I'm not crazy over peanut butter, you can barely taste it as the hot sauce, garlic and ginger are just as tasteful. Yum!
Have a great weekend and continue to savor every moment!