The final recipe I ended up making from the Hershey Cookbook was another savory one. Believe me I could have, no change that to I wanted to, continue to make every single dessert and sweet recipe in this book but I did have to have a little self control (it is the middle of swim suit season, you know).
I was so happy this savory dish turned out so well (especially with the lack of success I had with the other savory dishes I featured). We really like Asian inspired foods around here and I was really hoping this recipe wouldn’t disappoint. And it didn’t! These chicken ‘bites’ were full of those Asian flavors. This chicken tasted great by it’s self and was enhanced with the peanut dipping sauce.
Stay tuned because later this week I will feature the Asian noodles that I created to accompany this chicken (which really completed this meal!).
Prep Time: 20 minutes Marinate time: 2 hours Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 15 to 20 appetizers or 4 to 6 entree servings.
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons dried coriander
4 teaspoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Cocoa
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 teaspoons fresh, chopped ginger
2-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
Peanut Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine garlic, coriander, brown sugar, salt, cocoa and pepper in large bowl. Stir in soy sauce, oil, lime juice and ginger.
Cut chicken into 1-1/2 to 2-inch cubes. Add to soy sauce mixture, stirring to coat chicken pieces. Cover; marinate in refrigerator for at least two hours.
Meanwhile, prepare PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE. Bake in preheated oven, with marinade, for 40 minutes. Discard leftover marinade. Serve with prepared peanut sauce. Refrigerate leftovers.
Peanut Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup peanut oil
1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Gradually whisk peanut oil into peanut butter in medium bowl. Blend in lime juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, cayenne pepper and hot pepper sauce. Adjust flavors to taste. (You should have a sweet/hot flavor.) Makes about 2-1/4 cups dipping sauce.
both recipes adapted from Hershey