I wish that read a ‘drunken chicken stir fry experiment.’ At least that way, I’d have an excuse. What is my DEAL?!! I wanted to make the boyfriend a Thai Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce. Upon completion, it tasted exactly like warm, chunky peanut butter — only the ‘chunks’ were broccoli and chicken. EW.
I did exhaustive research! I printed out four recipes! Then I took what I liked about each one and created a MONSTER! This is STIR-FRANKENSTEIN! Is there even any point in sharing the recipe?! Why not; maybe you can tell me what I did wrong. We’ll turn the recipe into a live action sequence. GO!
I start with 1 Tbs oil in a hot skillet (nobody woks in LA), realizing too late that maybe corn oil isn’t the best idea. Then a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and minced garlic. Which gets sticky, but won’t stick to the 10 oz. of chicken breast I’d so painstakingly sliced. Already in panic mode. Remove cooked chicken, dump in 3 cups of broccoli. No sizzle. Only silence. Doesn’t look good. Splash some water in the skillet, cover, steam broccoli. Take it out of the pan, put in 4-5 sliced mushrooms. Why won’t they behave like the mushrooms on TV?
Boyfriend swoops in, still sandy from coaching beach volleyball, and fixes my mushroom problem with a splash of water and a very professional shake of the pan. We put everything back in and toss it with the peanut sauce I’d made in anticipation of this very moment. (1/2 cup PB, 1/2 c warm water, 2 T soy sauce and 2 T brown sugar.)
I sprinkle chopped peanuts on top and we plop it on a healthy bed of plain, unsalted brown rice. Talk about a one-note dish. About halfway through his plate, he looks up at me and says, “I think I took too much.”
Next time I may just buy a bottle of Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce:
I’ll pour it over a block of softened cream cheese and serve it with crackers, alongside vanilla vodka & Diet Coke cocktails. Voila! Dinner is served!