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Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken

I like stir fries. Quite a lot. They’re a great way to, relatively quickly, pack in all the protein and veg you need for a healthy supper, without things tasting too dull. The only problem is that it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut in terms of the flavours you serve up (in my case, teriyaki, teriyaki, teriyaki) so I thought I’d mix it up a bit this time. And the peanut butter adds extra protein as well as being delicious!


You will need:

1/2 onion

1 carrot

1/2 red pepper

4 or 5 florets of broccoli

4 mushrooms

1 clove garlic

1 2cm piece of ginger

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp crunchy peanut butter

1 tsp sriracha

Dash lime juice

2 tbsp groundnut oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

how to stir fry vegetables
1. Chop the veg. I like fine slices of onion (dice would just melt away), bite-sized pieces of carrot and pepper, slices of mushroom and teeny tiny broccoli pieces which will steam through in the won’t save messing around with another saucepan.
2. Grate the garlic and ginger into a bowl then add the soy sauce and honey. recipes using peanut butter
3. Add the peanut butter. Stick with the single teaspoon as any more makes it far too creamy. If you want more peanuts, add some peanuts. recipes using sriracha
 4. Add the sriracha and lime juice….chicken recipes
5. ….and mix it all together. 
6. Clean and trim the chicken thighs and cut each into 3 pieces. Then mix into the marinade and allow those to settle while you get on with the veg. quick chicken recipes
 7. Add 1 tbsp of the oil to a wok on a medium heat. Chuck in the onions, carrot, pepper and broccoli and cook until the onions are translucent and the broccoli is tender. 
8. Add the rest of the oil to a frying pan, heat until sizzling then add the chicken. Cook on both sides until glazed and then allow another few minutes to make sure it’s cooked through. Keep turning it to avoid it burning then turn the heat down a little while the middle cooks.chicken thigh recipes
9. Add the mushrooms and any remaining marinade to the vegetables.easy stir fry recipes
10. When the chicken is done, add it to the wok and heat everything through together.

Serve up with your favourite rice or noodles and enjoy the peanutty goodness.

Mango Prawns

Mangoes – once you’ve worked out a system to remove their stones and peel them, that is – are really rather delicious. They look and taste like sunshine; juicy but not too citric, beautiful in a fruit salad, delightful grilled, and nourishing puréed. We love mangoes. As it’s winter, I thought I ought to find a new way to put these to work to brighten up my supper, and this, rather satisfying little thing, is the result. Serve with noodles or rice and enjoy.

mango prawns

To feed one, you will need:

1/2 onion

1/2 red pepper

5 or 6 florets of broccoli cut into smaller sprigs for better cooking

1/2 ripe, fresh mango

Handful uncooked King prawns

1 clove garlic

3 tsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Dash lime juice

Splash groundnut oil

1. The first thing to do is make the marinade for the prawns. Grate the garlic into a bowl and add in the sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and lime juice. If you don’t have sweet chilli sauce, just use a teaspoon of honey and a dash of sriracha or some chilli flakes.

2. Prepare the prawns by cleaning them and making sure there are no nasties still attached (which is actually the most time consuming part!). Dab off with some clean kitchen towel and set them in the marinade to have a nice time. Get the rice on or ready the noodles to go on in 10 minutes.
stir fry vegetable base

3. Slice the onion, pepper and broccoli and add to a large pan or wok which had a little groundnut oil heating in the bottom. Turn down to a medium heat so the vegetables are softening, not burning. Cook until the onion is soft, and the broccoli is just about done.

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4. Slice the mango into chunks,being sure to remove any skin, and add this to the pan right before the prawns are ready to go in, so that it is just heated through rather than cooked.
marinating king prawns

5. Push the veg to one side of the pan then add a little more groundnut oil. Give it time to heat then place the prawns in the oil. Pour the marinade over the vegetables and give them a quick stir. how to stir fry prawns
6. After a minute or so, check if the prawns have cooked on the first side – they should be a nice healthy pink.king prawn stir fry
7. Turn the prawns, cook until pink on the other side, then mix in with the vegetables and mango. Give it 30 seconds to come through the heat again and serve.

I served mine with some jasmine rice, but you do you!