A long time ago, my sister told me she wanted to see more recipes she could use to get dinner on the table in hurry during the week. I responded not with dinner but with cupcakes. With just three ingredients, you may not have dinner, but you sure can have dessert in a hurry!
Today I am finally able to fulfill her quick-dinner request with an easy grilled chicken with peanut sauce recipe. Generally speaking, I am fairly ho-hum about grilled chicken. It’s great California- style, topped with avocado and maybe a bit of cheese and bacon too, but other than that it’s just…grilled chicken.
My feelings have changed now that I discovered this creamy peanut butter sauce. It transforms grilled chicken into something divine. My new grill pan also made preparing the chicken almost as enjoyable as devouring it.
I have always wanted a grill pan. Not so much a grill, but definitely a grill pan. Uncommon Goods made my dream come true.
An Uncommon Goods catalog has shown up in my mailbox for a number of years. Instead of rifling through it like other catalogs, I would set it aside with my magazines so I could peruse it later. Whenever I wanted to purchase a unique gift for a wedding or a birthday, Uncommon Goods was always a source.
Over the years, I have purchased a few items and coveted plenty more. I liked that what I purchased was crafted by an artisan. What I did not realize before working with Uncommon Goods on this post is at least half of the items they sell are made by hand and about a third incorporates recycled or upcycled materials. Most of the items are made in the USA and the company is a B Corp, both of which appeal to my sensibilities.
I liked how my gill pan fit across the front and back burner, allowing me to cook the chicken and a side of vegetables in one fell swoop. My sister might want a quick dinner, but I want quick clean up! A one-pan dinner should suit us both.
In addition to the grill side, the pan flips over to serve as a griddle. The raised edge that ensures eggs and pancakes won’t slide off did not quite match up with the grates on my gas burners, so unfortunately, the griddle side would not lay flat.
Still, the grill side fit just fine, meaning my grill pan has now joined my cast iron skillet in a permanent spot on the stove. Now it’s always grilling season. Enjoy!
Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce
- For the Chicken
- 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- For the Peanut Sauce
- 1 thumb fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup water, plus additional for thinning
- optional garnish: cilantro
- In a large bowl, stir together the coconut milk, soy sauce, curry powder, and lime juice.
- Place the chicken in this marinade, cover, and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to eight hours.
- When you are ready to cook the chicken, place the breasts on a heated grill pan and cook until cooked through, about four minutes per side.
- While the chicken cooks, whip up the peanut sauce. Place the ginger and garlic clove in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped.
- Add the remaining sauce ingredients (peanut butter through water) and process until the sauce is the desired consistency. Simply add a bit more water if you want a thinner sauce.
- Serve the chicken with the peanut sauce and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
For the coconut curry marinade, I used red curry powder, but yellow or green would be fine too.For the sauce, I noticed little heat with just 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes. If spice is your desire, consider upping the quantity of this ingredient.
Uncommon Goods provided the Flipside Stovetop Grill pan seen in this post free of charge.