Spicy Peanut Thai Stir Fry
A thick spicy peanut sauce is one of my favorite ways of making stir fry. Originally a Thai kind of dish, but can quickly be made at home with peanut butter and some spices. Easy to make with just one skillet or a wok. You are welcome to use any sort of protein, and your favorite kinds of vegetables but for these recipes, I went with the vegetables we had on hand.
This recipes pairs well with:
- Protein suggestions: beef, chicken or tofu
- Vegetables suggestions: broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, water chestnuts, carrots, onions, and a medley of colorful bell peppers
- Toppings: white sesame seeds, sliced almonds, crushed peanuts or mung bean sprouts
You can serve this with freshly steamed brown or jasmine rice, or for a low-carb option why not try lettuce wraps? Red or green lettuce and Bibb lettuce’s bright flat leaves make for a delicious crunch.
- Start with slicing up boneless chicken breast or thigh meat into small slices.
- Place in a large skillet on medium-to-high heat with a tablespoon of butter, avocado or coconut oil
- Stir and flip over often to make sure it’s cooked evenly and thoroughly.
- While the chicken is cooking, you can chop and prep the vegetables of your choice.
- Additions like onions, garlic, mushrooms are good to add while the protein cooks. Save more delicate vegetables to when the meat is finished cooking
- Begin to add your peanut sauce ingredients
Quick & Easy Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup to start
- (add more for desired taste and consistency)
- 1/4 cup of coconut, sesame or avocado oil
- Spice for heat
- (harissa, chili oil, hot sauce or red pepper flakes)
- add more or less for your preference
- Ginger also goes well
- You want your sauce on the thicker side, add more peanut butter if the mixture starts to get runny.
- Once you’ve mixed your sauce ingredients in the pan with your protein, then you can add your more delicate vegetables such as broccoli, squash, carrots, or water chestnuts.
- Place a lid to cover your skillet or wok, to let those vegetables steam a bit, around 2-3 minutes.
Lettuce wraps make for a wonderful low-carb, keto, or grain-free alternative!
Let me know how yours came out!