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Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce {Appreciation Post}

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Something you should know about my husband: He married me for a stir fry. Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce to be specific.

Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Regular readers of The Law Student’s Wife have gathered a few pieces of dirt on Ben: He eats an amount appropriate only for a baby elephant; he has a bizarre and infuriating ability to resist most sweets (including addictive salty-sweet pretzel chocolate chip cookies); he slept under a Superman comforter all four years of college—and still would if I allowed it.

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What is not obvious in my posts is how much Ben contributes to The Law Student’s Wife, and I’m not just talking about its title. (PS. Want to know why I named my blog “The Law Student’s Wife”? Read about it here.) From proofreading posts, to waiting patiently for breakfast as I photograph Overnight French Toast Bake Supreme, to enduring the endless question of “Which photo looks better: this one or this one?”, Ben is my blog’s most loyal fan, and I cannot imagine running this site without him.

Chicken Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce is both the reason one of the reasons Ben married me—the first time I made it, he demolished the entire pot, collapsed into a food coma, then proposed two weeks later—and my way of sharing my appreciation for Ben. I never asked Ben what he thought about my starting, then growing, then further growing a food blog, but he came along for the ride, and he has been my biggest supporter since.

Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

As an appetizer to our Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce, I have for you an appreciation post: My interview with Ben, the guy I’m lucky enough to sit beside at dinner, and my (and my blog’s) better half:

What is your favorite blog (besides The Law Student’s Wife, of course)?

  • DealBook. {Note for anyone not in law school: DealBook is a mergers and acquisitions news page posted by The New York Times…This is the moment Erin began to understand what it would be like being married to a lawyer.}
  • Daniel Wendt. {Background: Daniel is a current U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Domican Republic, the country where Ben served in the Peace Corps. Ben enjoys reminiscing about the cultural idiosyncrasies of life in the DR, as well as a formative time in his life that was dedicated to direct service. Apparently dishes do not count as direct service.}

What is your favorite of Erin’s blog props?

  • No one prop in particular, but I do get a kick out of the fact that all of the props sit out in the open in our 500-square foot apartment. {Diagnosis: Chronic lack of closet space.}

What is the weirdest thing you have seen Erin do for a blog post?

  • Bake two, 10-serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cakes in the same day because the first recipe formula “wasn’t quite right.” Watching her climb all over our furniture to get “above” shots is pretty entertaining too.

If you could have your own blog what would you call it?

  • “The Law Student’s Better Half.” {Ben’s better half baked him one of his rare sweet tooth soft-spots for this answer—his grandma’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.}

What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?

  • Occupation: Please reference blog title.
  • Hobbies: Please reference blog title.

Has Erin ever asked you to do crazy things for her blog?

  • Continually evaluate which of two pictures is the best. Without fail, the two pictures look exactly the same.
  • Haul 8 pounds of squash home from the farmer’s market.
  • Haul props, photography equipment, a giant wood board, and grated cheese outside to shoot Lemon Asparagus Pasta.
  • When Erin first started blogging, I’d regularly wait 50 minutes to eat dinner because she had to take pictures of it first.
  • Try dishes I initially thought sounded awful: Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza {Editor’s note: This is now one of Ben’s favorite dishes, as long as Erin calls it “squash flatbread” and not “squash pizza.”}; Quinoa, Chickpea, Almond Salad. {Another note: Ben can now pronounce “quinoa” all by himself}.
  • Rush to the store to buy birthday candles immediately so Erin cold to shoot the pictures for Banana Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting while she was in the midst of cooking several dishes. {Editor’s note: Erin was also not in the mood to go to the store.}

What’s your favorite recipe from The Law Student’s Wife?

  • Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce! Runners up: Any homemade pizza; Zucchini Waffles. {Mental picture: Erin did a hip-wiggle happy dance when Ben gave this answer. Veggie sneak triumph.}

What types of recipes do you wish Erin made more of?

Did you really marry Erin for the Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce?

  • No. I also married her for…her boiled lima beans. {Editor’s note: Ha! It was my—er, Erin’s— irresistible charm and girlish figure.}

 

I originally posted the recipe for Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce during a time I was shooting my food photos with a flip phone beneath the light emitted from our microwave (true story.) Today’s recipe for Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce is unchanged from the original, because the original is already worthy of a diamond engagement ring. Literally. Only the pictures have been updated, in hopes of enticing you to try this man-bait of a stir fry!

Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Our sauce is peanutyy and rich, with layers of complex flavor. It’s zippy, sweet, sour, fresh, and spicy all in one magical taste bud-blowing bite. Don’t let the fish sauce freak you out—it adds a savoriness that makes our Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce taste extra…Thai. It’s legit, trust me. My husband married me for this Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce, remember?

In appreciation for Ben the law student, my inspiration, and the supporting force behind The Law Student’s Wife, I give you the secret to a happy marriage: Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce.

Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

A richly flavored, easy, and healthy chicken stir fry in a spicy Thai peanut sauce. Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand. Vegetarians or vegans may omit chicken or substitute tofu, and when served with quinoa or millet, this stir fry is gluten free. Be careful to whom you serve this stir fry—the recipe's author loved it so much, he popped the question two weeks after tasting it!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 teaspoons red pepper flakes, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 2 breasts), cut into 1/2-inch
  • 28 ounces frozen mixed vegetables of choice, thawed (or substitute fresh)
  • 10 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (or substitute any fresh or frozen, thawed vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts, chopped, plus additional for serving
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus additional for serving
  • Prepared brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat spaghetti, for serving

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, water, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, fish sauce, curry paste, rice vinegar, ginger, and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large wok or deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add chicken sauté, stirring occasionally, until the middles are no longer pink and juices run clear, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan. Add vegetables and mushrooms and saute until crisp-tender, about 6-8 minutes, depending on the veggies selected.
  4. Return chicken to pan. Add reserved peanut sauce and remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes. Toss to coat evenly and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in peanuts and cilantro.
  5. Serve stir fry with prepared brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat spaghetti. Garnish with additional chopped peanuts and cilantro, as desired.

Notes

Thai red curry paste and fish sauce are widely available at most grocery stores in the Asian food aisle. Store leftover Chicken Stir Fry with Thai peanut sauce in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.

http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/2013/09/chicken-stir-fry-with-thai-peanut-sauce/

I’m not the only blogger with a better half behind my site. Check out today’s series of Appreciation Posts from food bloggers all across the web (and a fab collection of recipes too!) We also created a Pinterest board with our boys’ favorites, so you can find them all in once place.

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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

135 Comments

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  7. Love the interview with Ben–so cute!! And this recipe sounds amazing, wonder if I can get ANOTHER ring out of my hubby?!

  8. This looks so delicious, no wonder your husband loves it! Love the q&a:-)

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  10. How does anyone have the ability to resist sweets? I say he’s not human! Super cute…loving these posts and this stir fry!

  11. What a nice post! :)

    And this dish looks so good! Bookmarked for next week. We’re on an Asian food kick. :D

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  13. Ah, you guys are so cute! Seriously, you win the award!! HA

    Love this stir fry! It is right up my alley!

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  15. I love love love this post, it was so funny! And the interview was hilarious, you both are so cute!
    And wow, this stir fry looks amazing. That peanut sauce looks beyond amazing :D

  16. They always say food is the way to a man’s heart! But this would totally steal my heart too!!

  17. you guys are both too adorable..My boyfriend is not much of a peanut sauce person but certainly has a sweet tooth. I love anything with peanuts though.

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  19. Ben sounds absolutely adorable. You two seem like that adorable couple that I would want to hang out with and go to concerts with and open bottles of win with! :)

  20. “Less curry” LOL!! So true!!! I am drooling over this stir-fry!!!!! YUM!!

  21. Oh Em Gee. That looks FAB! I want to jump through the computer and EAT IT!

    PS… I climb furniture to get the BEST shot too! HAHA ;)

  22. Good golly, good gawsh – You and Ben are not only simply adorable but so incredibly supportive of each other – And this recipe – good golly good gawsh! Love the flavor and texture explosions going on in it!

  23. This was such a sweet interview!!! Loved it. This stir fry looks crazy delicious!!! Also– in the future feel free to send me all desserts the sweet tooth resisting husband turns away.

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  25. ahhh you guys are SO adorable! Loved this!

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  27. So cute. just so cute. I am loving these interview.s

  28. First of all.. that stir fry looks so appealing – like, I want to eat it now! I also want to see a picture of how you store your props. I think it would be so hard to keep a stash of blog props in a small space. Mine end up sprawling all over the basement.

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  34. I love all the candid answers…can def tell you two are in LOVE!

  35. I love this and love the pic of you two goofing around. The comment about curry stinking up your apartment for 10 days straight made me laugh! And I am totally making this recipe, we love Thai food!!

  36. My favorite answer was choosing between photos that inevitably look exactly the same! HA! I do the same thing to my husband all the time. Better 1…or 2? :) Most of the time he can’t tell the difference, then he picks one, and I’m all, Really? That one? LOL…our hubbies really put up with a lot! Bless them!

    On another note, this dish looks positively FAB. I’m pinning and making this ASAP!

  37. Stir fry is one of my weeknight go-to’s and I feel like I’ve been looking for a new version for a while, but still end up with the same thing. LOVE this stir fry…and pretty much anything with peanut sauce!

  38. You guys are adorable! And I can see why he married you for this dish. It looks incredible.

  39. OMG! Your hubs is freaking hysterical! LMAO!!

  40. this stir fry looks awesome! can’t wait to try it :)

  41. I want this for dinner. AND awesome answers. So smart and funny. My favorite is the detailed response to the weirdest thing question!!

  42. Mmm I love a good peanut stir fry! I love all of Ben’s answers – so honest and sweet!

  43. This stir-fry looks delicious! I wish my sweet tooth was missing

  44. Ok. First up – you guys are so freaking cute!!! Now, onto the stir fry! I neeeeeeeeed it. Also, please move to NYC so we can be real life besties!!!

  45. SO SWEET. I love it. And I’d totally marry you for this chicken stir fry, too. ;)

  46. This is one of the most fun posts I’ve read in a long time. Guys opinions crack me up … because they usually make sense:) That stir fry looks legitimately addicting!

  47. Love the answers, too sweet! Love the stir-fry too, my hubby loves thai food, this would go over really well here!

  48. This stir fry looks delicious! We do a lot of stir fries here but my husband is usually in charge of them. Which is a welcome break sometimes. Love your post! You two are adorable!

  49. I can see why this dish would be proposal worthy! Wow! I love the descriptions of the way food bloggers take pictures! Great post!

  50. 500 square foot apartment!? You.are.amazing. You two make a REALLY cute couple!!

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  52. So fun!! Adorable couple and Paul, too, can resist sweets like it’s his job. I wish I had that kind of willpower!

  53. Oh my goodness, you two just make me smile from ear to ear. I loved learning a bit more about your relationship. It made me want to do something similar on my blog. And this stir-fry? I can see why it won him over. I’m sold!

  54. I love his answers, and that he helps you so much. Plus you guys are SO cute together! I’d marry you for this stir fry, just sayin’. ;)

  55. Great answers and the stir fry sounds so amazing!!

  56. Cute! You and Ben make quite the cute pair. :-) (And I’m so glad to see THE stirfry the same week I made THE tacos!)

  57. This dish looks worthy of a proposal! Yea it took my husband years to develop the sweet tooth he has today :) it’s fun seeing how all the husbands answered the questions and it’s great getting to know everyone.

  58. What a great post! I love the idea of interviewing your hubs!
    This look amazing and if I make it and shortly there after get engaged, you will be the first to know. Saving this recipe now!

  59. I love learning about the spouses, it’s such a sweet post :) And a tasty stir fry!

  60. This was such a funny read, Erin! Loved learning more about you two and his role in your blog! Sounds like he is just crazy about you. If I had someone as good of a cook as you, I would be too! ;) Unfortunately, my better half only knows how to microwave Hot Pockets…. boo. I love him still!

    • Too funny Georgia. Your better half must REALLY appreciate you then. And Ben’s cooking specialty is stir fry from a bag (most of the time), so you are not along in that department!

  61. Love your hubby’s answers, so funny! And this stir fry looks amazing! In love with your photography:)

  62. His hobby is his job and he can resists sweets. AWESOME! I’ll have his portion of the cake, please! :-) Now I’m gonna go and dream about this peanut sauce… sounds SO GOOD!

  63. This looks delicious! And the photographs for it are beautiful!

  64. AWWW, so sweet! I loved reading this!

    I cracked up at the ‘less curry’ comment. Our house always smells like food, but hey, we eat well :)

    • Thanks lady! And I’d take smells over a lack of good food any day of the week. Not sure our neighbors feel the same way, but if they have a problem, they are welcome to come over for some stir fry :)

  65. Awww you guys are too cute! (And both very good looking, your babies will be perfect!!) I loved reading this interview. I think the worst thing for our boys is probably having to wait soooo looonnng before they can eat so we can take pictures. Torture! But at the end, I’m sure they appreciate the dish even more ;)

    • Marie, you totally made me laugh with this comment! I have finally gotten better with trying to make the food ahead (so we can eat on schedule-ish), but I still make Ben eat all of the “ugly cookies” so I can photograph the pretty ones instead, lol.

  66. So much fun to read, Erin! And I totally forgot – YES, “which picture looks better?”!!!! I know I must drive my husband nuts with those! He regularly gets emails from me while he’s at work with pictures attached. Oh, the things our hubbies endure! ;)

  67. You and Ben are so cute! How sweet that he is so supportive. And this dish looks fantastic–tasty, healthy and easy is always the best combo. :)

  68. I heart Thai peanut sauce! Now that I’ve seen this, I’ll probably be craving it all week.

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  71. I wish I knew about the appreciation posts sooner, I would’ve joined in the warm fuzzies!!! Ah, blogger husbands are the best sort of men. Continually patient, encouraging and long-suffering in the ‘wait whilst I take this photo’ department. Ben is awesome. Thanks for sharing his Q&A and the winning stir-fry recipe! xx

  72. Great post! Nice to hear from the other half lol! This stir fry sounds like a winner for my hubby!

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  75. Thank you, Erin for the nice, but lengthy recipe. You 2 are so cute together. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    • lol Liz–it IS lengthy isn’t it? Though the sauce has a lot of ingredients, they stir together quickly and the resulting flavor is totally worth it! Thanks so much for your kind words about Ben and me too. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with blessings and those you love!

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  82. Stumbled upon this recipe last night and made it. So good. One of our new favorited for sure.

    • Alyson, this makes my day! This recipe is one of our absolute favorites, and I’m so happy you enjoyed it too. Thanks for trying it and for taking time to share your comment. Have a great day!

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