Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Budget-Friendly Meals: Peanut Chicken

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Looking for an inexpensive meal that can be whipped up in a pinch?  Well here's a tasty (easy-on-the-wallet) solution:  chicken in a delicious peanut sauce over rice.


  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon jarred garlic 
  • 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (I like the crunchy because it has little chunks of peanuts in it, I think it adds something extra.  However, creamy would work just fine too.)  
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice (If you don't have lemon juice 2 teaspoons of vinegar can be used as a substitute.)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Heat the olive oil in a medium to large skillet.

Add the garlic, nutmeg, and ginger to the pan and allow to get hot heating over medium-low heat.

While the oil and the spices are heating, cut the chicken into strips.

When the oil is hot, add the chicken.

Cook the chicken completely, stirring occasionally.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce.

In a medium sauce pan add the soy sauce, lemon juice (or vinegar), and water.

Add the sugar and the peanut butter.

Heat over low, using a wisk to stir occasionally.

Heat until the mixture is smooth.

When the chicken is done cooking, mix the chicken with the peanut sauce.

Serve over rice with egg rolls.

This quick and satisfying meal is as good for your taste buds, as it is for your wallet.

   ~Chef Megs


Wendy Williams said...

I'm trying this one tonight! I'll let you know how it goes!!!

tanja said...

This Peanut Chicken looks great! A simple, quick and delicious meal- love it!

Have a great day!

Foodies For Life said...

Wendy, I'm glad to hear that you're going to try it. I'm pretty sure you're going to like it. Please do let me know.

Tanja, thanks for following my blog and your very nice comments. You said it, it is a very quick, easy, and delicious meal. Hard to go wrong with that.
Best Regards to you both,
~Chef Matt

Wendy Williams said...

I was super delicious and easy. However, my hubs doesn't like rice so I served it over drained ramen noodles. It was yummy. I'm keeping it to make again!

Foodies For Life said...

I'm so glad it turned out good for you Wendy! I love hearing that our readers tried out our recipes, and how it turned out, thanks for the follow-up. Quinoa is always a good rice substitute too, and its super healthy as well, that's always a plus.

~Chef Megs

Dzoli said...

I make often peanutbutter chicken:) The sauce is easy and chicken soaks all the flavours.It mmight be a budget meal but a taste is million dollars;)

Anonymous said...

I love peanut butter and this looks fantastic. I'm going to try it. :)

Shaheen said...

The peanut sauce intrigues me, I will have to try it,

Blackswan said...

Hihi, I’m Back From Finland, Arriving With Mr Angry Bird!

I cook peanut with chicken soup but not stir-fry. This is interesting & would certainly love to try :)

easyfoodsmith said...

Looks nice and sounds great! Nice post...

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