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Dueling Dishes Debut: Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken


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Ta-da!! Jaime and I are happy to reveal our very first “Dueling Dishes” experiment. When we were in the R&D phase of developing our blog we thought it might be fun to feature a two-kitchens/one-ingredient challenge. While we absolutely love to cook together, that fact that we are two people who live in different parts of town and have different schedules doesn’t really allow that. So instead we decided we’d play amateur Iron Chef once in a while. Unlike Iron Chef, however, the spirit behind Dueling Dishes isn’t “who did it best” but rather “look at all the amazing things you can do with this ingredient!”

For our first ingredient challenge we asked what you wanted to see us work with on Facebook and you came up with some really fun ingredients! We ended-up picking peanut butter for the inaugural Dueling Dishes. The options for peanut butter seemed endless. So many sweets, so many savories. And lo and behold we ended up with one of each!

I decided to go the savory route. There is something truly fantastic about using typically sweet ingredients in savory foods (and vice versa to be fair). Think pineapple on pizza or thyme-blackberry cookies (mmm…more on those next week). Or, say, peanut butter and red pepper. You wouldn’t think it, but oh my yum.


A couple things to note: even if you like a lot of peanut butter I would caution against just dumping lots in – the peanut butter flavor can be very strong and can take over if you aren’t careful. Add. Taste. Add more. Taste again. Repeat until happy. Also – omg the mushrooms. They sort of stole the show. If you like mushrooms you will love. If you don’t like mushrooms, this could change your life.

Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken
{Adapted from allrecipes.com}

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed
8 oz. sliced baby portabella mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used chunky for extra texture, but either is fine)
2 cups cooked rice (or quinoa)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until it begins to turn white. Then add onion, garlic, red pepper, mushrooms, red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne, and black pepper (I like plenty of spice so adjust the amount to suit your taste). Cook for another 5-8 minutes or until the onions and peppers are soft.

Add the can of diced tomatoes and chicken stock and simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Turn heat back to medium and add 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Stir constantly until the peanut butter is dissolved in mixture. Then add the second 1/4 cup and repeat process. At this point the sauce will start to thicken, reduce heat, and stirring occasionally, allow the sauce to thicken more before serving. This process takes another 5 minutes or so. Add salt to taste. Serve over rice.

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If you are looking for ways to make this dish vegetarian-friendly you can replace the chicken with drained firm tofu and the chicken stock with vegetable stock.

Stay tuned for Jaime’s dish later today!


7 thoughts on “Dueling Dishes Debut: Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken

  1. It looks really good, but I am afraid of mushrooms!! Maybe I should try them!! Lars would be so proud!

  2. Thanks, Patti! If mushrooms aren’t your thing you can always just drop them from the recipe. I’m pretty sure this would be stellar with or without them!

  3. Rick was terribly afraid of mushrooms for five decades until I added sliced tiny criminis to the chicken vegetable stir-fry. Because they were so tiny, he was willing to try them. It changed his life – and my cooking. I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

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  5. Looks delicious 🙂

  6. This is so tasty, and so easy! I always crave savory curries or spicy Indian food, which can be a chore to make. This definitely satisfies those cravings without a lot of work. Recipe had a perfect amount of spice too. Thanks!

  7. I feel the same as Tara! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

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