Saturday, 9 February 2008
I could sing and dance....
It's amazing what a little sun can do. I had intended to make Tana Ramsay's Bang Bang Chicken on Thursday evening. Best laid plans and all that, we ended up having pizzas delivered. Will it blow the budget out of the water? I haven't added up this week so who knows.
Earlier today outside in the glorious sunshine, just two days late, we had Tana's Bang Bang Chicken. Although by the time I'd finished it didn't much resemble Tana's recipe... It's t.shirt weather in the Surrey Hills today, jumpers and jackets left inside. Truly beautiful clear blue skies and skin warming sunshine... The sort of warm that makes you crave a nice chilled glass of white. I love days like this, warm enough to eat outside, and cold enough in the evening to light a log fire. Perfect, perfect, perfect...
Bang Bang Chicken
I roasted a whole free range chicken for this, Tana's recipe suggests 3 skinless and boneless chicken breasts. (There's plenty of chicken left over and some of the sauce, I might make a big Asian inspired soup with both.)
1 x 340g jar of smooth peanut butter (minus a heaped tablespoonful, used previously)
Half the jar filled with water
4 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 tablespoons of sweet mirin
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of sunflower oil
Put all of the above ingredients in a bowl suitable for heating over a pan of boiling water (see below). Set the bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir every minute or so. It will take about 10 minutes, by which time it should have come together and will be of a pouring consistency. If it's too thick, add a little more water and stir well.
Shred the chicken and pour over the sauce. I served this with thin slices of cucumber, carrots and fried rice, using the leftover rice from dinner last night. Small really loved this, Little said he didn't like it at first because I made the mistake of telling him it was made with peanut butter, something he doesn't like. Eventually he agreed that it was really good. Lesson I should have learned by now. Never admit something is made with an ingredient children say they don't like.
Can't have been that bad because this is all that was left.