Thursday, 28 August 2008

Chicken Peanut Curry or Addicted to Peanut Butter

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I love peanut butter. I like it on sandwiches with or without jam, in cookies and in savoury dishes like satay and this Chicken Peanut Curry. The funny thing is that I remember the first time I tried it I didn't like it at all. You see, in Germany, it isn't as popular as in America and many people probably won't have heard of a PB&J Sandwich. So when I bought a jar some time in my teens I didn't enjoy it. I didn't mind the taste but hated the way it made your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth. Well, I have definitely been converted since.

The best peanut butter I have ever had is the freshly ground honey roast peanut butter from Whole Foods Market in America. I always by some when I'm there and bring it back, but as I don't get to go to the States regularly, I usually have a large jar of organic Suma Unsalted Chunky Peanut Butter in my cupboard, which is just that, chunky ground peanuts without any other additives.

I find peanut butter and peanuts quite addictive and can never just eat a handful or just one sandwich, which is bad and I have as a result been known to continue eating until I feel slightly unwell, which is not good and I'm ashamed to admit. What's the thing you can't stop eating?

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Chicken Peanut Curry (serves 2)

1 large chicken breast fillet, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp red curry paste, heaped (this time I used Korma paste)
2 tbsp chunky or smooth peanut butter
3/4 can of coconut milk
1 tsp ginger syrup (optional)
1 tbsp soy sauce or nam pla
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and fry the onion and chicken until the chicken is sealed on the outside.

Add the pepper and the garlic and fry for another minute or so.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is well combined.

Bring to a simmer and cook until your chicken is cooked through.

Serve with Jasmin rice.

24 comments:

Katerina said...

This sounds really good! I don't have a specific thing I can't stop eating... there are many. Risotto, pastas, french fries, soft cheeses.

Beth said...

I was like you. The first time I tried PB I didn't like it. Now I can't get enough! Im bookmarking this one, hubby will love it

ginger@dinnerdiary.org said...

I've only peanut butter once and I can't remember what I thought of it, how odd. I'm going to have to rectify that soon.

My biggest weakness is bread. Any kind of bread, with any kind of topping. I can't get enough of it.

Chocolate comes a close second though, I can't have it in the house because once it's open I just keep going.

maninas said...

hey, you are talking about one of my favourite current addictions! :D like you, i tried it many years ago, and didn't like it. Until I bought some to make Nigerian Kindey Bean and Peanut Stew (http://maninas.wordpress.com/2007/11/15/nigerian-red-kidney-bean-stew-with-a-peanut-sauce/), and that was it! I was prompty addicted to BOTH! :D Do try it, it really is incredibly good, and incredibly simple!

another thing is ajvar, a red pepper and aubergine relish popular in the Balkan region: http://maninas.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/ajvar-red-pepper-and-aubergine-relish/. I can happily eat half a 750 g jar in one sitting. with a spoon. ehm....

and there's dal: http://maninas.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/rci-bengali-red-dal/. especially this bengali dal. i cannot have enough of it! this stuff is really dangerous... your hands start clutching the pot (whoever needs a bowl?) greedily, your mouth cannot stop watering, and you just keep eating and eating, one spoonful after another, until you eiter run out, can't breathe anymore or somehow manage to retrieve some will power and stop (which happens rarely). there you go! I challenge you to try it! :D

Jules said...

Sylvie - like you I didn't like peanut butter when I first tried it, but I grew to like it.

I love the sound of of this curry.

By any chance can you remember the name of the peanut flavour wotsit kind of crisps avaliable in Germany. I was trying to describe them to Hubby earlier, but he doesn't believe me!

Antonia said...

I can't have peanut butter in the house any more - I literally eat it from the jar with the spoon! I just can't get enough of the delicious stuff...
This is one recipe I shall have to try. Heaven!

Sylvie said...

Katerina, I love pasta as well and happily eat it a couple of times a week.

Beth, let me know what you think if you like it.

Ginger, I guess bread is my other big addiction, in all shapes and forms. I eat far too much of it and am trying to cut down a little.

Maninas, thanks for the great suggestions. They sound fantastic, I'll have to give them a try.

Jules, do you mean Erdnuss Flips? I love them and always bring some back with me. E-mail me your address, I'm going over to see my family next week, I'll send you a bag if you like.

Antonia, I've been caught with the spoon in the jar before as well!

nicisme said...

Peanut butter is one of my favourite tastes, and the curry looks fantastic!

Raquel said...

I love peanut butter, especially in satay! This sounds really good, a must try for me! Much love, Raquel XO

Sue said...

Sylvie, I have never gotten around PB&J sarnies, although my American DH loves them....Yuk!
However, since discovering peanut butter in Asian foods this is acceptable to me. Loved your curry recipe and its in my 'must try' folder.

Marie said...

I heart peanut butter and also curry, the two together must be heaven on earth!

Jan said...

Mmmm YUM! If you like peanut butter then you must try Kevin's (Closet Cooking) 'Dan Dan Mian' it is yummy!
I also love this peanut butter chicken curry Sylvie - it looks just my kinda thing!

Sylvie said...

Nic, thank you.

Raquel and Sue, if you do get around to trying it, let me know if you liked it!

Marie,they do go together well, if I may say so myself. I have always liked the sweet and salty combination.

Jan, thanks for the pointer. I think I might have actually already added the Dan Dan Mian to my to-try bookmarks, but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) that bookmark folder is growing faster than I can cook.

Kevin said...

I really like using peanut butter in savoury dishes and this one sounds really tasty!

Gloria (Canela) said...

Sylvie this look absolutely tasty and yummy!!! xGloria

Deborah said...

I can't imagine not liking peanut butter! This sounds delicious!

Jan said...

I'm not a fan of peanut butter, I couldn't eat it on a sandwich, but don't mind using it for cooking.

Jaime said...

i love curry but have never had a peanut curry! my husband dislikes PB so i will have to try this on an evening i am dining alone ;)

Amy said...

Oh yum, peanut curry is one of my favorite dishes! I, too, love peanut butter.

Berries are one of my weaknesses...it's just so *easy* to keep popping them into your mouth!

Rosie said...

Hi Sylvie - peanut butter I have come to love and your curry looks very delsih!

Rosie x

Maria said...

Hi Sylvie

I love peanut butter and this curry looks amazing, I'm bookmarking this!

Maria
x

Sophie said...

This looks very filling and hearty. What a fun and unique way to incorporate peanut butter into a meal. I'll have to tell my hubby about that WF PB, he's a huge fan :D.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I didn't like peanut butter at first either. I love peanuts and satay and adding a bit of peanut butter to stir frys but peanut butter on toast and in sandwiches I can only eat once in a blue moon. The sound of this curry however - yum!

sirpa said...

Have to comment even this is few years old post.
Peanut butter and marmite sandwich is fab also.