Partial Kitchen & Peanut Chicken

New kitchen taking shape

We’re making progress here and there on the kitchen. We measured and planned out the cabinet boxes.

Then, we constructed the cabinet boxes for one side of the kitchen, sans the facings. I even helped with cutting the wood, and I got to use the nail gun a few times.

Our sink arrived the other day.

We set it in over the top of the cabinet to get a feel for it.

We also ordered a goose neck faucet that matches the sink. You wouldn’t believe the price we snatched these up for. I’ve been saying this a lot, but it’s true. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at the end when I give you the total cost of the kitchen.

Soon, we’ll begin working on the counter top for that section of the kitchen. We’re doing concrete counter tops. It may sound weird, but my husband has finally convinced me that this is actually a desirable option.He is gathering the necessary tools and materials to make the molds and pour the concrete.

We put the stove in the new kitchen, since Alex had the proper wiring moved to that spot. It would have been difficult to get it back in the old kitchen anyway.

In case you’re wondering: the wall will continue on the right side of the stove, with a bit of cabinet and counter, and then a full height, pantry-like cabinet.

We left the opening into the old kitchen until we can finish part of the new kitchen and move everything in. Then, there will be no need for the old one, and we’ll begin the demolition, and ultimately the construction of the bathroom. At that point, we’ll put the rest of the kitchen wall up, finish the cabinets, and add the island.

I’ve been walking back and forth between the counters in the old kitchen, and the stove in the new kitchen. This is a long distance for me to travel with anything in my hand. The chances of me tripping are rather high, even when there are no obstacles or varying floor heights. My feet rebel against me at least a few times per week. Luckily I haven’t tripped yet, and all the food has made it safely to the stove.

I cooked for the first time on the new stove, a couple of weeks back, and I am impressed. It heats up almost instantly and cooks evenly (a feat for an electric stove). It’s not enough to make me forget about my love for gas stoves, but it’ll do.

The downside to the ceramic cook top is the cleanup. It gets stains and spots on it simply from me looking at it. Well, almost. Really though, simple water boiling over gives it the worst spots.


Peanut Chicken

The first thing I made on the stove was peanut chicken. This is one of our favorite dishes. I made it up one day when I bought some peanut sauce at the store. I serve it with rice and veggies, and sometimes, I eat it over lettuce or spinach. It’s simple and easy.

The only ingredients in the dish are chicken, peanuts, green onions and peanut sauce (and whatever spices you’d like to use when cooking the chicken to enhance the flavor). I use San-J Thai Peanut sauce, but really you could use any peanut sauce you’d like, or make your own peanut sauce. I’m thinking about experimenting with creating my own sauce. I’ll let you know if I ever have success.

If you’re curious, here’s how to make this dish.

First, cut the chicken into about three-quarter inch to inch pieces.

Coat the bottom of a skillet with a bit of olive oil or sesame oil, and heat the skillet at medium heat.

Then, dump the chicken into the pot and stir it around so that each piece gets a trace of oil on it. You can add any spices to the chicken that you think would complement the peanut sauce. I usually add some form of garlic (holla’ back, garlic lovers! ;)), oregano and pepper.

Stir the chicken so that it cooks evenly.

While the chicken cooks, chop up some green onions (the amount depends on your preference).

Add the peanuts once the chicken is mostly cooked, and continue stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat a bit lower. Begin pouring some peanut sauce into the skillet, once the chicken and peanuts have browned slightly. I only add a bit at a time, and try to let the sauce brown around the pieces of chicken. Keep adding sauce, as you like.

Stir in the green onions last.

Serve with brown rice and veggies, or spoon over a bed of lettuce or spinach.

My husband snuck more sauce in when I walked away from the stove for a moment. Grrr. There was waaay too much sauce. It hurt my mouth; my taste buds were swimming in salt. So, beware of too much sauce.

  1. Sara

    July 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this about the peanut chicken! I bought peanut sauce like a month ago and have been meaning to make it!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      Yay! Let me know how it comes out, and if you have any suggestions for improving the recipe. 🙂

  2. Korey

    July 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I weirdly like peanut flavored things (like peanut sauce, peanut butter, peanut brittle etc) even though I don’t like actual peanuts and this makes me crave peanut sauce.

    I made a delightful culinary discovery a few weeks ago: black jasmine rice (it actually looks dark purple when cooked). It is very tasty and healthy, it is full of crazy amounts of antioxidants and was actually called “the emperor’s rice” and considered a royal delicacy in China. I have only gotten it from this Korean takeout place near me (where they also serve to die for garlic chicken wings) so I don’t have any special cooking instructions but I would recommend it highly because I found it more filling than other types of rice in addition to tasting good.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      That is a bit strange that you like peanut flavored things, but not peanuts. All of us have those strange tastes though. 😉

      I’ll have to try that rice. I can always use some more antioxidants in my life. I eat a lot of blueberries and blackberries for the same reason. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Cindy

    July 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Ahhh delicious lookin’ recipe, Becca!! And I’m so stoked on the kitchen progress! Concrete counter-tops sound interesting. I’m excited for that and hearing the final price cost. I’m sure you and hubby were frugal and awesome on this! 🙂

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks! You should try it sometime. We definitely haven’t made tremendous progress, but it’s progress. I can’t wait to reveal the final cost in the end. 🙂

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