This Thai Chicken has a sweet and spicy chili sauce that is sticky and packed full of flavor!
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Over the last month or so I have been trying to cook healthier dishes for dinner. With healthy, comes chicken. Don’t get me wrong, we love chicken. However, chicken 5 times a week can get a bit redundant. There are hundreds of ways to cook and serve up chicken, but I was in a rut of cooking and serving chicken the exact same way. Nobody wants to eat the same chicken, roasted the same way, with the same spices, 5 times a week. This boredom of chicken led me to search out chicken recipes that are a bit different. Needless to say that different for us has meant Asian. I have a fully stocked fridge full of yummy Asian sauces from duck sauce and sesame oil, to fish sauce and sweet chili sauce.
We have been loving all these yummy new-to-us flavors! This Thai Chicken was an absolute hit. I think after every few bites either Kayla or Kelsie were saying “mmm, this is so good!” I don’t know about you, but I never tire of somebody telling me the food I just prepared is so good. 🙂 I hear it often, but sometimes it takes on new meaning when you’ve prepared something unknowing how your kids are going to feel about it. Well, ok, I knew Kayla would love it, because she eats and enjoys everything. However, Kelsie is my picky friend, especially when it comes to chicken; she isn’t the biggest fan. She loved this and wanted the extra sauce from the skillet to put on her rice. That makes a momma happy!
Don’t let the name scare you off, because I was thinking “this is kind of new flavor territory to me.” Sure, we’ve made Soy Free Beef and Broccoli and Orange Chicken a dozen times which have a similar ingredient profile, but I’m nervous when it comes to other Asian flavors. Have you seen Chopped where a chef uses sesame oil and the judges are astonished that it wasn’t used sparingly? See, to a home cook like myself, that makes me nervous to use it. I have cooked several recipes that called for an ingredient that I wasn’t very familiar with only to be hit in the tongue and caught off guard to the strong taste it emits. But, this dish, it’s so yummy! Is it authentic? Nah. But that’s ok. It’s Thai inspired. 🙂
*For those of you with food allergies, because of various ingredients we can’t have the ever so popular Sriracha sauce. I have found something that is almost identical in flavor that we can have, Tapatio Hot Sauce. We found it at Target, and love using it in recipes like this one where one of the ingredients needs to have that distinct Sriracha flavor.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy free soy sauce or soy sauce see post above for link, if no allergy
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon Tapatio Hot Sauce
- 1/4 cup peanuts chopped and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl whisk together chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic, fish sauce, ginger, lime juice and Taptatio Hot Sauce, set aside.
Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat, I use my cast iron for this.
Add the chicken and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Pour the sauce that you made earlier over the chicken, and around in the pan.
Place into oven and roast for about 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
To get a little bit of carmelization, your going to turn the oven on broil for 3 to 4 minutes.
Top with chopped cilantro and chopped peanuts.
What kitchen essentials did I use to make this dish possible?
- CounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat with Food Icons, Set of 4
- Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25-inch – Same size I have, mine belonged to my mother.
- Rachael Ray Cucina Cutlery 2-Piece Japanese Stainless Steel Santoku Knife Set with Acacia Handles
- Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set – 6 Piece stackable with spout
- Prepworks by Progressive Snap Fit Measuring Spoons – Set of 5
- Winco Utility Tong with Rubber Tip and Locking Clip