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Perfect Peanut Butter Chicken Stir-Fry

Happy Stir-Fryday (see what I did there)

When I say it has been a long week, I might be over exaggerating BUT only slightly. It was a long enough week that stir-fry twice this week was a necessity.
Tonight’s recipe includes some different and unexpected flavors, but still great and worth the try!

Peanut Butter Chicken!
When I first made this recipe a few weeks back, my original inspiration was a Thai peanut sauce, but this is not that sauce. This peanut butter sauce is made with minimal ingredients, yet benefits from added ZEST. The peanut butter and teriyaki combined create a nice glaze that makes the chicken crispy from the teriyaki sauce and nutty from the peanut butter. Definitely worth the try if you need something different.

Ingredients:
– 2 chicken breasts
– Soy Sauce to flavor (and if desired)
– 3 tbsp. Teriyaki Sauce
– 2 heaping tbsp. Peanut Butter
– 1 tbsp. White Vinegar
– 1 cup Cooked White Rice (Follow recipe from earlier this week to prepare)
– Stir-Fry Veggies (I used green beans and sugar snap peas)
– Dash of Salt/Pepper
– Sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes
– Honey (as desired)

Directions:
1. In medium size bowl, mix teriyaki sauce, peanut butter, and white vinegar (taste the sauce before placing chicken, if too salty now add the honey to flavor)
2. Slice chicken into thin strips and place into sauce bowl. Set aside (can also allow to simmer for 30 minutes – 1 hour)
3. Heat pan on medium-high heat
4. Once pan is warm, place chicken strips in pan and cook throughout (10 – 12 minutes)
5. Once chicken is cooked through, lower heat to low-medium
6. Add stir-fry veggies and allow to simmer
7. Add rice and dash of soy sauce if desired
8. Once all flavors are combined and cooked through prepare to eat

That’s it!
From preparation to plate (or bowl) this recipe takes about 15 – 20 minutes. Easy, yummy, and a great way to finish the week

Added ZEST:
Stir-Frys (like earlier this week) are versatile, so mix it up! Add more veggies, add more soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.
If you find the glaze is too sauce-y and not as thick as desired, add flour to soak up the extra liquids.
If you find the sauce is too salty (peanut butter and teriyaki sauce can do that) add about a tsp. of honey (like I did) to include some sweetness and cut the salt. You can also add red pepper flakes (like I did) for some added spice that will also reduce the salty flavor.

We made it through the week! Enjoy your easy Stir-Fryday meal and relax.
Next week is a very special week and I cannot wait to share it with all of you; be sure to check back in to find out why!

xo.🍋

Author: Claire Elizabeth

My name is Claire Elizabeth and welcome to my lemon zest life! It all started back in 2015 when I began creating healthy recipes to support my busy lifestyle between the gym, full-time work, and full-time university. Four years later I have updated my healthy recipes but am still living that busy lifestyle. This is catered for the full-time employees, students, parents, and everyone in between that lives a lemon zest life, like me. xo.🍋 ​

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