Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Stir fry with peanut sauce

Posted on by Jennie

I’ve been looking for easy but delicious weeknight dinners, and I have another to report.

This Rachel Ray Chicken stir fry.

  • 3 3/4 cups water
  • 2 oranges, zested
  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds chicken breast tenders, 2 packages, sliced on an angle into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium yellow skinned onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, store bought, or 2 medium carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 6 scallions, cut on an angle into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup snow peas, a couple of handfuls

        Satay sauce:

  • 4 rounded tablespoonfuls chunky peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy, Tamari
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1-inch ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 orange, juiced

I wanted veggies, and meat, and wanted it to be quick. I also didn’t want to use chicken because I feel like we eat a lot of chicken around my house, but upon making it with beef I’m going to go ahead and suggestion chicken. Aren’t you glad I’m the guinea pig for these things?

Here are my veggies. The recipe calls for:

1 medium yellow skinned onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded, quartered and sliced
1 cup shredded carrots, store bought, or 2 medium carrots cut into matchsticks
6 scallions, cut on an angle into 2 inch pieces
1 cup snow peas, a couple of handfuls

Let me tell you something. I hate shredded carrots. I think they are dumb. Why do people insist on putting these in a recipe? Why can’t you let the carrots BE carrots?!

Anyways, needless to say, I did not shred my carrots.

 

 Here are the veggies, all chopped up and ready to go. What a treat to be able to chop things again! The little things, I’ll tell you.

 

 

Look at those delicious carrots! Who would want them shredded??

 

 

This is where we keep our garlic. And where my namesake comes from. I love me some garlic, and when I saw this little container I had to had it. Luckily Jeff is around to make those things happen!

 

 

 Like I said earlier, I used beef. Not the shining moment. It wasn’t the best, I should have used chicken. Silly me!

 

 

 I used crunchy peanut butter – yum! – but I had no soy sauce. I used Worcestershire sauce instead. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that, either.

 

 

 

 Quick five-minute stir fry all together…

 

 

 

 Here’s the orange jasmine rice. Overall you couldn’t really tell there was orange in it, so if you’re looking for that flavor I suggest adding more zest — I used two clementines, so I guess I should have used real oranges. Again, using what you’ve got…

 

Overall, this recipe was quick and pretty good. I would definitely make it again, maybe this time with soy sauce and chicken. What have y’all been making on week nights?

 

Yum
 

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