Friday, January 13, 2012

Spicy Peanut Chicken Freezer Meal


I am starting to cash in on my freezer meals, and it has been such a relaxing week (at least on the cooking front). In the morning I pulled out of the freezer this bag of Peanut Chicken, a bag of frozen cooked rice, and a bag of frozen broccoli florets. Easy peasy.

This recipe was a new one that I tried during my freezer cooking day, and it was such a hit at dinner that I am debating making a triple batch (three large meals) the next time I do a freezer cooking day. My four year old had three small-ish servings. THREE! It was shocking. He even used a piece of broccoli to wipe up some of the sauce...and he ATE it! To mothers of picky eaters everywhere, I felt like doing victory lap!

As for the spice level, I used 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and neither my husband or I could detect any heat. So I guess you could call my version "Not Spicy Peanut Chicken" but if your family is spice-sensitive you could always leave it out. I won't tell.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Freezer Meal
6 servings
recipe adapted from Don't Panic: More Dinner's in the Freezer

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)

Cut chicken into bite size pieces and saute in sesame oil until chicken is cooked through. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, garlic and red pepper and stir to combine. Simmer until sauce is smooth and thickened, about 15 minutes. Serve.
Freezer meal: After the dish has simmered for 15 minutes, remove from heat and let cool completely. Pour into a freezer bag and freeze.
To serve: Thaw. Pour into a large saucepan and heat until bubbly. Serve over rice topped with crushed peanuts.