I love a peanut sauce that has a balance of sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy flavors, and this one fulfills all of my cravings. It is amazing! It goes great with this simple chicken and broccoli stir fry. You need to try it today!
Sweet & Tangy Peanut, Chicken, & Broccoli Stir Fry
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp powdered garlic
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
- 1 tsp salt, divided
- 1 tsp powdered garlic
- 3 broccoli crowns cut into florets
- 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
- sliced green onions (optional)
- chopped, salted peanuts (optional)
Whisk all the ingredients for the peanut sauce together in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes, whisking occasionally until it thickens.
Heat a separate frying pan or wok and add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add the broccoli florets and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Stir fry over high heat 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. Remove broccoli to a platter.
Using the same pan, add 1 tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon garlic to hot pan. Add chicken breasts and stir fry 3-4 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to platter.
Serve over cooked brown rice. Garnish with onions and peanuts if desired. Drizzle with delicious sauce.
There’s not much that disappoints me more than trying a new peanut sauce and finding out that it basically tastes like peanut butter. I’m sure there are people who disagree with me since this happens a lot. But I’m a strong believer that there should be a nice sweet and sour element to peanut sauce. This one is quite dreamy. I left the cayenne out this time because I was hoping my toddler would eat it. She always starts sticking out her tongue, fanning her mouth, and questioning whether I’m poisoning her when spicy food makes her tongue “itchy.” Some crushed red pepper is good instead if you like some heat.
I like to serve stir fry on a platter. I used to serve it in a big bowl and all the vegetables would keep steaming and I would be left with extra liquid in the bowl. A platter stops the cooking process and makes a striking presentation.
The secret ingredient in this is the sweet chili sauce. It is seriously delicious and packs a punch of flavor. If you’ve never tried sweet chili sauce before don’t be nervous. It is easy to find. I bought this at Walmart, but you can find it at most grocery stores in the Asian food section. I initially forgot to take this picture and I told my husband I needed to take one before we went swimming. My husband snapped this picture for me while I was getting ready. Didn’t he do a great job?
This peanut sauce is a great way to add amazing flavor to a healthy stir fry, grilled meat and vegetables, egg rolls, or anything else you can dream up. Try it! You won’t regret it.