“If no one answers the phone, dial louder.” Lucy – from Peanuts
What’s a dial? The world moves on. “Siri. Call George!”
On impulse, which is something you’ll hear me say repeatedly about my trips to the grocery store, I bought a deli chicken. It just looked so good and that unmistakable aroma of possibility hit me. Then, blessing from the gods, the chicken turned out to be labeled “Buffalo Chicken”. I must live right!
Looking for a way to use the chicken before it became a science experiment in the back of the fridge, I decided to use it in some kind of salad concoction. Found the following recipe and completely changed the peanut sauce along with the suggestions for toppings on the greens. My motto: Make it your own!
Peanut sauce: recipe below
1/2 cup chopped, flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup red pepper, raw or roasted
lettuce, torn, chopped, or shredded
chow mein noodles, optional
peanuts or nuts of your choice, optional garnish
other veggies that might add color and nutrition, grated – optional
Make the peanut sauce and set it aside. If you have a peanut allergy substitute almond, cashew, or sesame butter. It will work.
Remove the chicken from the bone and cut it into bite size pieces. I use only the breast meat and sauce up the wings and legs. These appendages I heat in the oven or microwave for the base of a quick meal.
Arrange the lettuce on a plate and top with the toppings. Is this easy, or what! Drizzle on some of the peanut sauce or a dressing of your choice. The peanut sauce can always be used on crackers or bread or as a dip for raw veggies, aka crudités.
2 T soy sauce
2 T water
1 T brown sugar
1 T grated ginger root
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 T sesame oil
dash of cayenne
1 T lemon juice
1/4 t chili lime seasoning from Trader Joe’s
Whisk or wand until smooth.
The ease of this recipe leaves me speechless. The ingredients leave me hungry. Pardon me while I think up an excuse for a snack.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.