I am off on my first holiday in quite a while. I am going to the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria for a week’s walking. The Great Ocean Road is a well-known drive along the beautiful Victorian coast line. A walk has now been developed and I am looking forward to getting away from the desk and enjoying the beautiful coastline on foot.
I am a little bit anxious about my level of fitness – I haven’t really done enough preparation but my friend and I are going with a reputable walking company so it should all be ok. There are campsites along the route but we are going to stay in an eco lodge and bed and breakfasts and most of our meals are fully catered, which suits me just fine. They are also transporting our bags along the way so we aren’t weighed down as we walk. I am looking forward to a week where the only thing I need to worry about it putting one foot after the other and enjoying the view. Oh and maybe taking a few photos.
I’ll share photos of this beautiful part of the world when I get back but in the meantime, sit back, relax and make this super easy and super fabulous peanut chicken in under 20 minutes. What I think makes this recipe is the lime juice. I love peanut butter but if you aren’t careful it can overwhelm a dish. The lime juice lightens and sweetens everything up. Then the curry powder and cayenne pepper add a hint of spice. And the soy sauce adds the whole umami thing.
To make this for one I used the following ingredients:
- ½ tbs of peanut butter (no reduced fat for me)
- 1 tsp of fresh lime juice
- ½ tsp of soy sauce
- ¼ tsp of minced garlic
- 1/8th tsp of curry powder
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- 125g of chicken breast cut in to bite sized pieces
- 1 tsp of peanut oil
The original recipe is for barbequed (grilled if you are in the US) chicken where the sauce is brushed over the chicken as it cooks. But I find that when cooking for one, the idea of firing up the barbeque feels over the top. My barbeque is a lot more effort to use than a frypan.
The sauce is not very saucy – it is more of a marinade by the time it has cooked down. The sauce is made by mixing everything in a bowl. I did find the sauce a bit difficult to mix – my peanut butter was not keen on being incorporated with the other ingredients in the bowl. But once it hit the fry pan, it was all good.
To make this in a fry pan, I heated the peanut oil on a medium heat and then threw in the chicken. I sealed the chicken which took about 4 minutes and then added the sauce. Keep cooking the chicken until is cooked through – about 5 minutes. I ate the chicken with steamed rice.
It is a very quick dish to make. 5-10 minutes to prepare and then 10 minutes to cook. All done in under 20 minutes. And only about 290 calories per serve – without the rice.