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February 3, 2015

Orange Peanut Stir Fry

Orange Peanut Stir Fry I love a dish with a good peanut sauce. So between me and my peanut-butter-crazed husband, we die over this Orange Peanut Stir Fry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made it, and every time, I still close my eyes and groan a little over how good it tastes. Like, so, so good. So. So. Sooo.

And do you want in on a little secret? Come close now… The leftovers… are even better!! Seriously, the veggies in the stir fry just sort of soak up all that peanut-saucy goodness, and after spending a night or two in the fridge, this stir fry goes from wow-that’s-mighty-tasty to OH-MY-GOSH-THIS-STIR-FRY-IS-EVERYTHING! DSC_1136

So here’s the long and short of this dish: the most time-consuming part is just the chopping. To me, it’s totally worth it to use fresh vegetables, but if you’re having one of those nights where you just need to throw something together super quick, you can always use frozen stir fry vegetables.

Here are a few of my favorite veggies to use:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Snap peas
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Bean sprouts

You can mix and match however you’d like, or add a little more sauce, a little more heat, whatever floats your boat! That’s the beautiful part about it.

A note about the sauce: When you first add in the veggies, it may seem like there’s not enough sauce to coat everything. However, as the veggies cook down, they’ll sweat a lot of moisture, which helps to dilute the sauce down to a more palatable potency and cover all the veggies. But like I said, if you end up feeling the need for more sauce, you can always add more in. I’ll never say no to more of this sauce. :)

Another note: you can make this dish vegetarian by omitting the chicken, if that’s your thang.

Did I mention bea-u-tiful?? Mmmmm.

Orange Peanut Stir Fry

Orange Peanut Stir Fry
 
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This Orange Peanut Stir Fry packs fabulous flavor, and is even better as left-overs! One of our favorites, for sure!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • For the Orange Peanut Sauce:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (can add more if desired)
  • 4 tsp. ground ginger
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • For the Stir Fry:
  • 3 chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 T. oil
  • 3 lbs. stir fry vegetables (can use frozen for a quick meal)
  • To serve:
  • 3 cups rice, cooked according to package directions
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions (I prefer to use Nishiki sushi rice for a sticker texture).
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or wok.
  3. Once oil is hot, add chicken breast pieces and brown lightly, without cooking completely. Turn heat down to low.
  4. Combine sauce ingredients and add to skillet.
  5. Once peanut butter melts, add diced fresh vegetables or frozen stir fry vegetables.
  6. Stir to coat, and cover to allow veggies to steam.
  7. Cook until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve over rice, and garnish with chopped peanuts and green onions, if desired.
 

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