Thursday, March 25, 2010

Crunchy Chicken w/Peanut Sauce

I've been trying in vain to make a decent peanut sauce for going on three years now, and this is the closest I've managed to get. It's still not spot on to Thai 9's sauce, but it'll do!

The set-up

For the chicken, you'll need:
1 cup corn flakes, crushed
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt

And for the sauce:
2/3 C creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne

Combine all of your dry ingredients in a zippy storage bag and toss the chicken chunks around in it, about half a dozen at a time. As you go, place them on a lightly greased backing sheet or glass dish, then spray all of the tops with cooking spray once they're all lined up. Pop them in the oven at 400 for about 25 minutes.

While they cook, assemble your sauce. Combine all of the ingredients in a
saucepan and whisk together until there are no lumps. Cook over medium heat until just before boiling, then reduce to low (the sauce will thicken). I tasted the sauce at this point and there just wasn't enough to it, so I added a little bit of store-bought peanut sauce that I picked up a while back that was WAY too damn hot for my taste, just on it's own. Turns out, it was the perfect compliment of seasonings to make this just right.
Turn off the heat & let is cool for a few before you put it into a serving dish.

Turned out pretty much perfect. The crunch of the cereal was so good that I think I'll try a different version of it with some thick cut pork loin chops I picked up today, which I have another sauce in mind for. The sauce was definitely more sweet than savory, but it complimented the chicken really nicely. It was also just pretty to look at.


Christian said...

Making a good peanut sauce has been one of my journeys of frustration too. Your recipe looks great but I can't eat the dairy. I wonder if you can use coconut milk instead.

Vizz said...

I'm sure you probably can, Chris. I actually thought about that while making it - a lot of the sauce recipes I've seen have some kind of coconut product to give it sweetness.

Mr. Disindebted said...

This looks fantastic! I'll have to try your recipe.

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