Asian Influence Spaghetti & Chicken

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

This dish incorporates a spicy peanut sauce, and grilled chicken to produce a tasty dinner in less than an hour. Although this dish calls for regular wheat spaghetti, I’m using quinoa (wheat free) spaghetti.

So, you ready… let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
2
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

2 medium
chicken breasts (boneless, skin removed), about 1 pound (450g), brined
4 oz
spaghetti (i’m using quinoa, wheat-free)

THE CHICKEN MARINADE

1 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp
tamari, or ponzu sauce
1 Tbsp
sake, or mirin
1/2 tsp
salt, kosher variety

THE PEANUT SAUCE

1/2 c
chicken stock (not broth)
2 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp
tamari or ponzu sauce
1/4 c
peanut butter, creamy variety
2 Tbsp
rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp
lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 Tbsp
ginger, freshly minced
1 Tbsp
garlic sauce
1/2 c
fresh cilantro, minced

THE TOPPING

1/2 c
cucumber, seeded, and chopped
2 Tbsp
rice wine vinegar
1 tsp
sugar, granular variety
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1 pinch
salt, kosher variety.
1/4 c
peanuts, dry roasted

Step-By-Step

1THE CHICKEN MARINADE
2Gather your ingredients.
3Whisk ingredients together into a non-reactive bowl, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
4Add the chicken breasts, and toss to completely cover with the marinade.
5Cover and refrigerate, until needed.
6THE PEANUT SAUCE
7Gather your ingredients.
8Add the ingredients (except the cilantro) to a saucepan over medium heat.
9Whisk until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
10Allow sauce to simmer lightly for 2 to 3 minutes.
11Reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and reserve.
12Chef’s Tip: To help maintain a nice low, yet even temperature, I place the covered saucepan into a preheated oven at 200f (94c).
13THE TOPPING
14Gather your ingredients.
15Add all the ingredients (except the peanuts) to a bowl, and reserve.
16Add the spaghetti to a pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt.
17Cook, according to package directions, until al dente.
18Drain, and return to the pot.
19Chef's Tip: Reserve a bit of the pasta water, and if the pasta starts to stick together, add a bit of the water, a tablespoon at at time.
20While the spaghetti is boiling away, remove the chicken from the marinade.
21Grill or pan fry the chicken over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes
22Flip the chicken over, and cook another 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked through.
23Chef’s Note: If you decide to grill, or use a grill pan, you’re going to get some real nice grill marks…
24Add half the peanut sauce to the pot of spaghetti.
25Chef’s Note: Reserve the other half of the sauce for dipping.
26Add the reserved cilantro, and gently mix to combine.
27THE PLATING
28Add a piece of chicken to a plate.
29Chef’s Tip: If you can pre warm the plates that would be excellent.
30Grab half the spaghetti with a pair of tongs, and swirl on top of the chicken.
31Top with the cucumber mixture.
32Add some peanuts for garnish. Enjoy.
33Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom