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Chicken with Peanut Lime Coconut Sauce November 14, 2012

Filed under: Asian,Chicken,Favourites — delishuss @ 3:51 am
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I’m now addicted to Pinterest, if you haven’t used it yet be warned, many’s an hour will dwindle by on this. I came across this recipe on it and tried it (http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/02/03/chicken-with-coconut-lime-peanut-sauce-recipe/). It’s a cracker, loved it. I think it would be hard to get as good a dish in an Asian restaurant. This is my kind of grub. Give it a go.

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup [light unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup natural Peanut Butter (I like crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon Thai Red Curry Paste
  • Juice from 1 Lime (about 1 tbs lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Pinch of the following:
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Stevia to taste, or your favourite natural sweetener

Chicken

  • 2 pounds Chicken Breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced Onion
  • a few Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup chopped Asparagus Spears, cut into 1 inch pieces

Optional Garnishes

  • Chopped Cilantro
  • chopped Peanuts
  • Green Onion
  • toasted unsweetened Coconut Flake
  • Srirach sauce (no idea what this is, so didn’t use it)

Method

Sauce
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, curry paste, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, sweetener & seasonings to form a sauce. Taste and change anything if you want to. Set aside.
Chicken
  • Heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onion & garlic cook until softened. Add chicken, cook until golden brown and cooked through about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally for even cooking. Stir sauce into chicken. Partially cover and simmer for about 5 minutes to let the flavors combine. Add asparagus during the last few minutes of cook time. Serve with spicy Sriracha sauce, rice and garnishes mentioned above.
 

Vietnamese Beef Salad with a Ginger & Lime Dressing January 21, 2012

Filed under: Favourites,Healthy Eating,Meat,Starters — delishuss @ 9:17 pm
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As it’s January I’m on a health buzz. I nearly caved and got a Indian take-away. Not the healthiest of fast food choices but my conscience (my boyfriend Stephen) steered me away. Thank the maker he did. I had planned to make this recipe this evening and I’m so glad I did. It’s fantastic. This recipe is from Ballyknocken Cookery School. Stephen’s sister in law Sinead went to a Taste of Thailand and Vietnam class so she kindly passed on the recipes. Because it’s for a main meal, I made some fried noodles to go with it. I’ll just tell you before you start the meat needs 1 hour to marinade, just in case you are in a rush. Otherwise it’s really quick to put together.

Serves 6

Salad Dressing:

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp fresh lime juice (1 lime)

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp chilli, minced

Salad:

Mixed lettuces

Half a cucumber, thinly sliced

18 cherry tomatoes, halved

Half a cup of basil

Marinade:

2 beef fillets

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp medium dry sherry

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 garlic cloved, minced

Method

For the marinade:

1. Cut the beef into 3/4 inch strips. Mix all the ingredients and add to the beef. Refridgerate for 1 hour minimum.

For the salad:

1. Wash the salad leaves and tear into bite size pieces. Prepare cucumber and tomatoes as directed above. Mix the salad dressing ingredients and set aside.

To finish:

1. Add oil to the frying pan and heat until searing. Add beef and marinade and fry quickly on full heat until brown on all sides and still pink in the centre (or to taste).

2. Stand back when you can- you will need to be careful as the pan will “spit” a lot.

3. When the beef is ready, remove immediately from the pan and set aside.

4. Mix half of the dressing with the salad leaves. Divide between plates.

5. Arrange the beef on the plates, resting on the salad.

6. Sprinkle some of the dressing around the plate with a teaspoon.

7. Tear the basil leaves and place on top of the salad leaves.