those of you with an especially keen eye might notice that the “peanut” (more on the quotations marks in a moment) sauce on this grilled chicken with spicy peanut sauce recipe bears a strong resemblance to the sauce used in the spicy sesame beef and broccoli. and by “strong resemblance”, i mean it’s exactly the same. hooray for repurposing leftovers into new recipes!
as i mentioned when i posted that recipe, it makes a bit more sauce than we really need for the beef and broccoli. i suggested storing the leftover sauce in a jar in the fridge and making a smaller batch of beef and broccoli the next week.
ooooor waiting 2 months (whoops!) and then turning the still usable (results not guaranteed, friends; i was amazed) leftover sauce into a marinade/dipping sauce for grilled chicken. using leftover sauce is obviously easier, but given that the sauce comes together in 90 seconds in the blender, having to make the sauce from scratch isn’t exactly a weeknight deal breaker.
and while we’re focused on the sauce, let’s talk about those quotations marks around the word peanut for a second. here’s the thing: peanuts are delicious. and i don’t eat them anymore. BUT! i discovered by accident that brazil nuts are a great flavor/texture substitute for peanuts! and they have lots of selenium, which our brains like. so, total win. and peanut butter also works, if you’re not me/paleo/violently allergic/see, this is why i was so excited to discover this substitution!
(i’m getting distracted by the sudden idea that grilling a steak and then dipping it in this spicy peanut sauce might be yummy. i haven’t really worked up to steak yet in my whole reintroduce beef thing, but it’s a good idea to file away for later…)
ok, where were we? yes! grilled chicken with spicy peanut sauce. right! i learned by trial and error (emphasis on the error) that it’s a good idea to pound chicken breasts into a relatively uniform 1” thick slab (can we say “slab”? does that sound gross?) before grilling. and if part of the breast is still thicker at one end, put that side closer to the heat on the grill in an attempt to trick the entire breast into cooking uniformly.
but really, this is a super simple grilled chicken recipe. very weeknight do-able. and a reusing leftovers magic trick, which i always get excited about. and i bet soon we’ll be able to turn the heat off indoors again and grill without raincoats, so maybe we’ll celebrate those summer milestones by making more grilled chicken with spicy peanut sauce.
ps – you may also enjoy last summer’s grilled chicken, simple grilled chicken marinade, which involves miso paste. yum!
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