Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous

Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous

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Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous served in a shallow black bowl.

Spicy Peanut Chicken with Couscous comes together in a snap and is full of flavour with just a touch of spicy heat.  The best part about this dish is the peanut sauce.  It’s so versatile and wonderful with the chicken.  But you don’t have to stop with just using chicken.  Drizzle the peanut sauce over noodles, drizzle on roasted salmon or use as a dip for beef skewers.  My recipe for Peanut Sauce makes about one and a half cups and freezes well, giving you no excuse not to have some on hand. It may need a good stir and a splash of water or coconut milk to set the consistency the way you like it and depending on what you’re using it for.

It’s best to get your pan good and hot with a drizzle of oil to give the chicken chunks a good sear.  Having golden, carmelized bits adds extra flavour and helps to seal in the moisture of the chicken.  You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast for this recipe.  Both work well, so it comes down to preference. Marinating the chicken in soy sauce, fresh ginger and garlic also add extra flavour to this dish.  It’s not completely necessary but something I like to do when I have the time or remember to do it.

Peanut sauce in a mason jar on a wooden plank garnished with peanuts and mini peppers in preparation for Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous.

I love instant couscous for its ease of preparation and fun texture.  Instant couscous cooks at a 1:1 ratio and is ready in about 10 minutes from start to finish.  I like to make mine with chicken broth for added flavour but water works fine too.  It’s a great side dish for those nights when you need something quick and it’s delicious served with Spicy Peanut Chicken.  If you’re not into the couscous, by all means, serve the Spicy Peanut Chicken over noodles or rice.  Enjoy!

Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous served in a shallow black bowl.

Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous served in a shallow black bowl.
Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous
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    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 0-3 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 30 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 0-3 hours
    Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous served in a shallow black bowl.
    Spicy Peanut Chicken and Couscous
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 30 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      15 minutes 0-3 hours
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 30 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      15 minutes 0-3 hours
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Cut chicken into thin slices and combine with soy sauce, garlic, ginger and 2 tsp oil. Cover and keep chilled for an hour if time permits or up to 3 hours in advance.
      2. Bring chicken broth to a simmer. Stir in couscous and cover with a lid. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
      3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 tsp oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large skillet. Add chicken slices and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, tossing occasionally for about 6 minutes.
      4. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in 3/4-1 cup of peanut sauce. You want enough to coat the chicken and make it saucy. Allow peanut sauce to warm but don't let it get too hot or it may separate.
      5. Fluff couscous with a fork and divide between serving bowls. Top with chicken, a drizzle of sauce and garnish with green onion, cilantro and chili peppers if desired.
      Recipe Notes

      -You can use my delicious Peanut Sauce or store-bought peanut sauce.

      -Prep time does not include making the peanut sauce.

       

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      Spicy Miso Shrimp

      Spicy Miso Shrimp

      Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.

      Dad will love these Spicy Miso Shrimp! They are so simple to make and are laced with garlic, ginger and that wonderful umami flavour that miso brings. They’re the perfect nibble between sips of cold beer on a day that’s meant for him. 

      Ingredients for Spicy Miso Shrimp on a dark wooden board.
      Raw shrimp piled high in a small metal dish in preparation for Spicy Miso Shrimp.

      What is miso?

      In the simplest term, miso is a fermented soybean paste. Along with the soybeans, the type of miso is dependent on the other ingredients and the fermentation process used. Although miso is generally made from soybeans it can also be made from a combination of other ingredients such as rice, barley, rye and even chickpeas these days. Miso is generally available in white, red or mixed with red being darker and heavier in flavour. Miso is great in soups, sauces and marinades to name a few.

      Here is a great post from The Spruce Eats on miso and some of its great uses.

      Panfried Spicy Miso Shrimp in a cast iron skillet.
      Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.

      Want more food that dad will love on Father’s Day?

       

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      Spicy Miso Shrimp stacked high and skewered by a seafood fork.

      Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.
      Spicy Miso Shrimp
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      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      4-6 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      4-6 minutes
      Spicy Miso Shrimp served in a small decorative skillet on a dark wooden board.
      Spicy Miso Shrimp
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      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      4-6 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      4-6 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and set aside in a medium bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients except for canola oil. Toss shrimp with paste.
      2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once hot add shrimp and cook in a single layer. Cook for about 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until the paste starts to caramelize and stick to the shrimp.
      3. Remove shrimp to a serving plate and garnish with lime wedges and cilantro if desired. Serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      If the shrimp are too crowded in the pan they will not brown in the time it takes to cook them.  They only take minutes to cook, so cook in two batches if you do not have a large enough skillet.  Wipe out skillet between batches.

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      Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

      Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

      Make a better biscuit…

      It’s hard to resist a flaky, buttery biscuit and these Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits are tender and flaky.  So good on their own, dunked or piled high with your favourite fillings. The good thing is, they’re easy to make using basic ingredients.  So what makes a good biscuit?  Let’s look at the basics.

      -use quality butter.

      -use fresh baking powder and baking soda, they do EXPIRE!

      -cut butter into flour evenly to ensure a flaky biscuit.

      -do not overwork the dough, once mixed, only knead enough to bring the dough together.  Overworking dough will result in a tougher biscuit.

      -use a sharp cutting tool for the best edges.

      -brush tops and sides with a whisked mixture of egg and cream for a nice golden exterior.

       

      What’s a biscuit good for?

      By far my favourite thing to do with a flaky biscuit is dunk it into soup, stew or chili.  But, they’re also wonderful as a sandwich.  Especially these Flaky Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits, because they spread out a little, making them just the right size for a fried egg…just saying!

      Flaky Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
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        Servings Prep Time
        8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
        Cook Time
        18 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
        Cook Time
        18 minutes
        Flaky Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits
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          Servings Prep Time
          8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
          Cook Time
          18 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8-10 4" biscuits 25 minutes
          Cook Time
          18 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: 4" biscuits
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a large baking tray with parchment.
          2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
          3. Add cubed butter and using a pastry cutter, cut butter into dry ingredients until pea-sized and evenly distributed.
          4. Whisk together buttermilk and one large egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just starting to come together. Add grated cheese and diced jalapeno and continue to mix until incorporated being careful not to overmix. It will be a bit of a scraggly mess.
          5. Flour your work surface and dump out the dough. Knead dough a few times to bring everything together. Flatten dough into a 3/4"-1" disk. Using a 3" round cutter, cut out biscuits.
          6. Reform remaining dough and cut out biscuits. Place biscuits on a parchment lined baking tray.
          7. Whisk together one large egg and one tbsp of milk or cream. Brush each biscuit top and sides generoulsly. Bake in preheated oven for about 18 minutes until golden and puffed.
          8. Remove from oven and allow to rest on the tray for 3-5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Serve slightly warm.
          Recipe Notes

          -these particular biscuits spread out some and are wonderful sliced as a sandwich.

          -I used a 3" cutter, however for slightly smaller biscuits that would be good for soups or stews a 2 1/2" cutter is probably preferred.

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          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies are one of my brother’s favourites and for good reason.  Soft, chewy and golden with spice makes them rather addictive. They’re the perfect autumn cookie in my opinion.

          Flipping through my recipe index, I quickly realized I’m in need of more cookie recipes.  I know!  How is it possible that I have so few in my collection? Cookies are generally simple, easy, and photograph well. It should be bursting with recipes, but sadly it’s not…  

          Problem number one, is my head down, pushing to make what’s in season, holiday food, game day snacks, etc.  Sometimes cookies aren’t the best fit for all that happens throughout the year.  Problem number two, not everything screams cookies to me, in fact, I’m a savoury, snack kind of gal. So for these reasons, I’m often opting to make other things.  Now that it’s fall, I’m actually thinking about baking and holiday treats, therefore cookies are on my brain, making it easy.  But I see now that I need to bake them more often for a variety of different reasons, so there’s plenty of recipes for everyone to pick from.  There’s a ton of cookies to be made and with a little focus, I’ll get the cookie category plumped up a little.

          Now that I’m done making excuses, let’s have a look at what makes Spicy Oatmeal Cookies wonderful.  Molasses, ginger and cinnamon create a richly spiced bite and the plump raisins add to their chewiness.  They’re a tasty change from regular oatmeal cookies and possibly your new favourite too.  Enjoy!

          Recipe for Spicy Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Company’s Coming Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: dozen
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
              2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
              3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
              4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
              5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

              -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

              -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.

              Pickled Corn

              Pickled Corn

              I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say you can never have too many side dish options. We’ve all been the one who’s put out five different dishes to please the masses.  While this quick and super easy Pickled Corn would maybe be considered more of a condiment, it’s fantastic along side hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled meats and a great addition to any meat and cheese platter.  It’s briny, spicy and sweet all in one, making Pickled Corn a must to make this summer.

               

              Need a salad in a hurry, try adding Pickled Corn to black beans, chickpeas and avocado for a healthy and hearty dish.  So the next time you’re thinking of setting out a dish of pickles, you need to stop yourself and amp up your game with this wonderfully spicy mix of sweet corn, red pepper, garlic and onion.  Enjoy!

              Recipe source for Pickled Corn:  Adapted from Epicurious Pickled Corn

              Pickled Corn
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                Servings Prep Time
                5 cups 30-35 minutes
                Cook Time
                5 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                5 cups 30-35 minutes
                Cook Time
                5 minutes
                Pickled Corn
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  5 cups 30-35 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  5 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  5 cups 30-35 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  5 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cups
                  Instructions
                  1. In a large bowl, toss together corn, red onion, red pepper, jalapeño, and garlic. Divide into heat proof mason jars, leaving enough room to add liquid to cover. I used 3-500ml jars because it's nice to have one ready to use and two to keep stored. See note.
                  2. In a medium sauce pan heat water, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper to a simmer. Pour hot liquid over corn mixture just to cover corn. Add hot water by the tablespoon to top up if needed. Seal jars and allow to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Will keep up to 4 days once opened and up to one month if unopened.  This is why I chose to use 500 ml mason jars, so one or two can stay sealed if needed and one can be used right away.