While shopping in a variety store a few weeks ago, my eye was caught by a series of cook books, which were well-priced at A$10 each. There were about 7 different titles, but the one I bought is simply called "chicken". It is published by Murdoch Books, here in Australia.
We eat a lot of chicken - it is reasonably cheap, and easy for a 2 year old to eat. So the idea of having 75 new recipes for chicken appealled to me!
Here is the one we tried last night, for Satay Chicken:
1 1/2 tbsps oil
6 spring onions (scallions), cut into 3cm lengths (I actually used eschallots)
800 gms (1lb 12oz) of chicken strips / pieces
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
4 tbsps crunch peanut butter
270ml (9 1/2 fl oz) coconut milk
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsps lime juice
Heat pan to very hot, add some oil and spring onion, stir fry for 30 seconds. Remove from pan. Add extra oil and brown the chicken. Remove chicken from pan.
Add more oil to pan, and curry paste. Fry paste for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add peanut butter, coconut milk, sugar and 250ml (1 cup) water and stir well. Bring to the boil, and boil for 3 - 4 minutes or until thickened. Return chicken and spring onions to the pan, stir in and cook for 2 minutes, until heated through. Stir in the lime juice, and season with salt / pepper to taste. Serve with steamed rice.
I actually skewered the chicken into kebabs, with some red capsicums (bell peppers), grilled them in the oven and just poured the satay sauce over the top. Naomi had fun skewering the meat, so it was a good child-entertainer as well!!
And the verdict? In Naomi's words .... "Mmmm.... 'licious".
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