Chicken & Broccoli with Sweet Peanut Sauce

Chicken & Broccoli with Sweet Peanut Sauce

So I’ve been stuck in a bit of a cooking rut lately.  I just seem to have lost all of my inspiration to get creative in the kitchen, I’m in desperate need of a reboot!  I’m pretty sure its a result of our incredibly hectic schedule lately and my overload of design projects.  I’m usually not very good at planning meals ahead of time.  I go grocery shopping and buy items that are on sale or things that look fresh and then I just figure it out come meal time.  Unfortunately this isn’t the greatest strategy when I’m super busy and my brain is so fried by the time dinner rolls around that I can barely talk.  The thought of coming up with something creative to cook just seems out of the question.

Inspiration

I spent some time this weekend sitting in the sun and going through cooking magazines and pinterest (of course Oto was helping me out).  It felt so good to be re-inspired and start thinking about new recipe ideas and meals.  This was the first step, I guess my next step will be to actually plan out some meals, go shopping and get busy in the kitchen.  I think it is actually going to help as a stress reliever, something about the meditation of chopping veggies and moving about in the kitchen has the ability to calm me down.

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This chicken dish was just about the only meal I made from scratch last week.  I have no idea what the rest of our meals consisted of, the whole week was a bit of a blur.  I made this peanut sauce a while ago for some roasted broccoli and it was SO good, I knew I had to make it again, it was just as delicious on the chicken.

Chicken & Broccoli with Sweet Peanut Sauce

I cooked up some marinated chicken thighs and served it with some roasted broccoli, quinoa and a drizzle of peanut sauce.  You really need to try this one, you may end up eating the sauce with a spoon (pre-wash cycle).

YUMMO!

Here is the recipe for the broccoli with sauce I previously posted, just cook up some chicken to add to this:

Roasted Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Allergy Peanuts, Soy, Tree Nuts
Dietary Vegetarian
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 head broccoli (washed & cut into small florets)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional

  • crushed peanuts (for garnish)

peanut sauce

  • 1/4 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Blend all of the peanut sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth & creamy, set aside.
2. Toss the broccoli in olive oil and season well with salt & pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes until soft and lightly crispy.
3. Serve the roasted broccoli with a drizzle of peanut sauce and crushed peanuts.

 

 

4 Responses to Chicken & Broccoli with Sweet Peanut Sauce

  1. I’ve been making it an effort to stick to planning meals because I’ve been loosing my sanity over dinner lately. This recipe looks fabulous. I got the same issue of the magazine but have yet to read it. Have a great week

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Glad to know I’m not the only one! Its so nice to see all of these spring recipes in the magazines, it gives me hope that it really is coming soon! Hope you have a great week too!

  2. Kristina says:

    Hey Mai-Lis, is this spicy at all with the chili sauce?

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Hi Kristina, It shouldn’t be very spicy, it will depend a little bit on the chili sauce you use, just give it a quick taste before you make the sauce and you will get a sense of how spicy it is. Enjoy!

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