Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Slow Cooker Thai-Style Peanut Chicken

     I'm on the fence about peanut butter based recipes. I do enjoy a good satay, but too much peanut butter can overwhelm me and make me run for some white bread and grape jelly. This recipe works around that by using an alarming amount of teriyaki sauce and red pepper flakes. This has, as the chefs would say, umami out the asshole. We swapped in chicken for the pork and were very happy with the results. As always, changes and notes are in blue.

Slow Cooker Thai-Style Peanut Chicken
via Taste of Home Slow Cooker

  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin chops (we decided to use an equal amount of chicken)
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts (omitted)
  • Lime juice, optional
  1. Place meat in a 3 quart slow cooker (we used a 2.5 quart cooker. NOW WHAT!). In a small bowl, combine the teriyaki sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes and garlic; pour over meat. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat and cut into bite-sized pieces; keep warm (the meat, not you. I suppose you could put on a sweater if you're chilly). Skim fat from cooking juices, transfer juices to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. 
  3. Combine cornstarch and water and stir until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in peanut butter and meat. 
  4. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with onions and peanuts (if you really want them). Drizzle with lime juice if desired.
Tie Peanuts...Get it?
Good times!

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