Saturday, June 14, 2008

BBQ Peanut Butter Chicken

I have about 5 regular dishes in my typical dinner meal planning rotation. In between we do no-brainers like spaghetti or waffles and once in awhile I try a new recipe, but it's rarely good enough to make again.

One of my ongoing projects this year is to make a Younce Family Cookbook using Booksmart,'s book-making software. All family members are submitting only their very best, tried-and-true favorite recipes, and I'm copy-editing them into the most awesome cookbook ever, complete with photos of the dishes or family members making or eating them. Maren recently mailed me a hefty folder of double-sided copies from her copious cookbooks and binders, probably over 50 recipes. I called to make sure these are truly all her very favorites, not every recipe she's ever tried. Indeed, she assured me, all favorites. I knew she was a creative and experienced cook but I was doubly impressed, and inspired to break out and try more new things. Unfortunately it's bad bad timing with the move next week and trying to eat up kitchen contents and pack up non-crucial pans and appliances. We're down to some strange meals these days.

But anyway, back to the title. I was just putting the Smucker's peanut butter away tonight (yes, Hazel had PBJ for all three meals today) and noticed this irresistibly intriguing recipe on the lid. I had to share it. I'm not in a position to try it for at least several weeks but I'm begging you - someone please try this recipe and write in, tell us how it went. I'm dying to know.

BBQ Peanut Butter Chicken

1 cup peanut butter (it says Smucker's but I bet it will be the same with any)
1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp ginger, finely chopped

2 1/2 lbs chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

1. Prepare marinade 2 hours before ready to grill.
2. Mix the ingredients except for the chicken in a blender until combined. If too thick, add up to a cup of water to thin.

3. Marinate the chicken for approximately 2 hours.

4. Lightly oil the medium-hot BBQ grill.

5. Place chicken on the grill for 6-8 minutes.

I bet this would do just as well baking chicken pieces in the oven. I don't know, it's just a marinade. But I'm having a hard time imagining how it tastes so someone try it!


Maren said...

This sounds really good. Did I include the recipe for Asian Peanut Butter Chicken? I f not, I meant to- it sounds a little like this. I have a specific taste reaction to the term "BBQ", and this recipe seems more like a "Grilled" thing than a true BBQ item. Maybe it's a BBQ thing if you grill it on a Bar-b-que.

Anyway, if I wasn't just barely out of soy sauce, I'd make it tomorrow. Someone else may beat me to it, but I'm game to try it next week.

Heather said...

Kari, sorry I sort of blogstock you guys once in awhile cuz I am always curious as to what my cousins are up to. But I read your post and couldn't help myself because I recently bought the same pb and we tried the recipe.
It was easy and turned out fairly tasty on the grill. I am sure it would have been better had we not burned it a little.

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