Peanut Sauce Chicken Stir Fry

Peanut Sauce Stir Fry

Peanut butter? For dinner? YES.

Have you ever been to a Thai restaurant and ordered anything that comes with the peanut satay sauce? Chicken satay skewers, or fresh prawn summer rolls, or even peanut sauce noodle?

If you haven’t, I am deeply sorry for you, but luckily I have a recipe that can change all that.

Now, if you’re like me, I go into these restaurants and look at these thick creamy sauces and think:

 

“There has to be copious amounts of sugar, saturated fat, and possible chemicals in this…”

or

“YOLO. I’ll take two bowls please.”

 

But thanks to one of my very favorite products, I am now making a healthy version of this sauce at home and boy is my fiancé pleased!

I’m talking about PB2 powdered peanut butter. Peanuts are pressed and dehydrated into powder to remove 85% of the fat and calories. Mix a tablespoon or two with a little bit of water and there you go! Peanut butter alternative.

Now, if you’re like me and you enjoy a little peanut butter swirled in a smoothie, sprinkled over yogurt or maybe spread on an apple, this will probably be right up your alley. But if you are a peanut butter connoisseur who loves a spoonful of creamy, dreamy, Black Cat peanut butter (or something like JIF for all my US friends), PB2 might not be for you. The texture is simply not the same.

For my purposes though, it is perfect! I can add this powder to a smoothie without any sticky clumping. I can pour a little into desserts so the flavor changes but the nutritional information stays relatively the same.  I can also make this fantastic dinner for my fiancé without adding a ton of extra macros to our daily intake (lets be honest, my fat macros are going to avocado.)

I had a really hard time finding this product in South Africa, but luckily an old college friend works for an airline and hand-delivered a couple extra jars to me on his flight back from California.

Best.       Friend.        Ever.

For anyone in the US, Canada or Australia, PB2 is in almost all grocery stores or health food stores, and you can also get it mixed with other flavors like chocolate or strawberry! PB2 does have 1 gram of added sugar/serving, but since it allows me to get that peanut buttery taste without sacrificing my beloved avocado macros, I am pretty pumped about it. Normally I attempt to stay clear of added sugar, but again, it’s all about balance! If you’d like to order Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter, 16 oz (Pack of 2), click the link! These are bigger jars that come in a pack of 2!

What You’ll Need:

Peanut Sauce:

1/3 cup PB2
1 tsp diced garlic
3 TBSP liquid aminos (you can also use coconut aminos or regular ol’ soy sauce)
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (feel free to omit this or add more according to your spice preference)
1-3 TBSP of water (if needed)

Chicken Stirfry:
1 diced onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 sliced red or yellow bell pepper
2 cups broccoli (try to cut florets to similar  small sizes)
2 cups snap peas or green beans
4 skinless chicken breasts, cubed or sliced into strips
1 TBSP oil for skillet

You can also use a bag of frozen stir fry veggies to make this recipe even quicker!

 

Instructions:

For the Sauce:
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until the PB2 is well incorporated. You should not see any clumps and it will be a thick consistency. Add water if you’d like, but sometimes the sauce naturally thins out once it’s in the pan with the oils and vegetable juices. Set aside.

To Stir Fry:
1. Heat the skillet or wok over medium heat and add the oil.
2. Add the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Stir for 4-5 minutes or until cooked.
3. Add the garlic and vegetables to the skillet and stir fry for another 5 minutes or so. (Sometimes longer if you like your veggies a little softer.)
4. Pour sauce into the pan, adding more PB2 for a thicker, creamier sauce, or more water for a lighter consistency.
5. Plate and chow down!

Seriously, this could not be any easier. Sometimes if I’m not wanting to dirty any extra dishes, I’ll just add the sauce ingredients one by one to the pan and mix, adding water or PB2 until I’m happy with the thickness. Feel free to play around with your favorite combination of fresh or frozen vegetables, starches like soba noodles, as well as the spices of this peanut sauce. The lovely thing is that you can add any other liquids such as sesame oil, fish sauce, whatever kind of flavors you love, but just remember that you’ll need to add more PB2 as you increase the amount of liquid.

This is such a quick and easy dinner. I love that it is unbelievably yummy, yet I don’t feel like I’m unknowingly consuming half my allowance of calories for the day. This recipe is approved and even asked for by my fiancé and luckily it takes so little time to whip up. Now that I have my special delivery of PB2, this is a regular staple in our house!

Enjoy!

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