Monday, October 31, 2011

Thai Peanut Pasta

I thought it would be nice to cook dinner for the in-laws tonight.  We are still staying at their house as we continue to be without power at ours.  So I wanted to repay the favor.  I'm not so sure my father in law liked it although he said he did, I think he would have preferred the "toast and beans" he was talking about before I began cheffing...

Thai Peanut Pasta

1lb chicken breast
1/2c flour
2T vegetable oil
1 box whole grain linguine (you can use a different type of pasta if you prefer)
1/2c. all natural peanut butter (I use Jif natural creamy because the oily ones yuck me out)
1/4c low sodium soy sauce
1/2c chicken stock
grated fresh ginger or you can use the powder-to taste
1tsp minced garlic
1 broccoli bunch chopped
baby carrots, about a handful
1/2 one red pepper sliced
1/2 onion chopped
sliced mushrooms (if you like them, my husband doesn't but sometimes I sneak em in)

In a medium bowl add peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and chicken stock, stir with a wire whisk until mixture is a smooth thin liquid.  If it seems too thick add more chicken stock, It will thicken once cooked. Set sauce aside. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes, place into a bowl or bag to coat with the flour.  Heat oil in a large deep nonstick skillet over med-high heat add and cook until golden brown, turning occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.  Meanwhile you should start a pot of water to boil the linguine. Put a steamer basket into a saucepan and boil about a cup of water in the bottom.  Add carrots to basket and cover for about 5-7 minutes, add broccoli and continue cooking about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add red pepper onion and mushrooms to the skillet and cook until tender.   Add broccoli and carrots to skillet, and cooked chicken.  Pour sauce over the ingredients in the skillet and stir.  Once linguine is cooked al dente drain and put into serving bowl.  Pour chicken vegetable and sauce over the top of the pasta.  Serve with garlic bread.  Enjoy!

*also really yummy served with rice instead of pasta

I guess I didn't have the change to snap a pic of the finished product tonight, we were all too hungry to wait! 

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