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Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken

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Thai chicken skewers served with peanut sauce are a favorite dish to order at restaurants. Why not roast a whole chicken in a similar sauce? Peanut butter naturally has tons of oil, so the result of this Asian-Inspired roast is sweet, savory, and juicy roast of meat and vegetables. Reserving a little of the marinade for use as a dipping sauce incredibly heightens the flavor. The roast chicken and vegetables creates two recipes within one meal. Serve shredded vegetables with an Asian-inspired vinaigrette (recipe provided here). It’s a refreshing and crispy contrast of flavors in an Asian-inspired dinner menu.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Yield: 10-12 servings

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken

Ingredients

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butters

1 whole chicken; cleaned and patted dry
Asian-Inspired peanut butter sauce/marinade (recipe provided below); divided in thirds*
3 carrots, diced
3 to 4 white potatoes, diced
1 sweet potato, diced
4 medium parsnips, diced
1 red onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lime, cut in half
Sherry, optional

*Recipe below

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Rub whole chicken inside and out with the first third of Asian-inspired peanut butter sauce/marinade (recipe provided below). Make sure to rub sauce underneath the skin. Optional step: Let marinate overnight or for at least a couple hours.

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken - Rub whole chicken inside and out with the first third of Asian-inspired peanut butter sauce/marinade

3. In a large roasting pan, mix all the vegetables, except the lime halves, with the second third of the peanut butter sauce/marinade.

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken - mix all the vegetables, except the lime halves, with the second third of the peanut butter sauce/marinade

4. Place chicken on top of the vegetables. Stuff it with a few red onions from the pan and the lime halves. Tie the legs together with twine. Flip chicken over breast side down over the vegetables.

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken - Place chicken on top of the vegetables

5. Place roasting pan in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes.

6. Reduce oven to 350°F and flip the chicken breast side up. If vegetables look dry, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sherry.

7. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour more, or until the chicken is completely cooked.

8. Remove from the oven and let chicken rest for 20 minutes.

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken - Remove from the oven and let chicken rest for 20 minutes

9. Serve roast chicken pieces and vegetables with the last and final third of the peanut butter sauce/marinade.

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken - Serve roast chicken pieces and vegetables with the last and final third of the peanut butter sauce/marinade

Asian-Inspired Peanut Butter Sauce/Marinade

Ingredients

1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
2-inch piece of ginger, skin removed and roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic; minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
5 tablespoons fish sauce
1 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter & Co. The Heat is On peanut butter
1 to 2 tablespoons peanut oil*
1 tablespoon honey
Juice of one lime
1/2 cup sherry
Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste

* You can also use the same amount of oil that has separated from the peanut butter in the jar.

Procedure

1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Divide sauce into thirds. Set aside.

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Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken