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Peanut Butter in Rice?
Peanut butter isn’t just for a PB&J sandwich. You can use it in delicious savory dishes too! You can find savory dishes containing nut butter in cuisines ranging from African to Thai. Two of my favorite savory dishes include Chicken Satay (peanut) and hummus (sesame).
One of my favorite recipes using peanut butter comes from Animal Kingdom Lodge‘s Boma restaurant. Boma is an African inspired restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner at Walt Disney World. Whenever my family and I visit WDW, we try to eat at this restaurant at least once. We enjoy it that much.
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m craving Disney foods lately. I love that Disney offers something other than just fried foods on a stick. Disney has something for everyone. My husband and I are going on an adults only vacation while my children spend some quality time with their grandmother. I can’t wait…….
Over the past few days, I’ve been pulling out my recipes card and books in a search for comfort Disney food. Today, it’s an African inspired rice with chicken breast and fresh snow peas. The star of this dish is this African Peanut Butter Rice. It has a mild peanut taste with a touch of spice from the cayenne and sweetness from the brown sugar. My children devour it! It’s flavor is similar to a Thai Peanut Sauce. I hope you’ll love it as much as we do. For the chicken, I seasoned it with a little salt, pepper, and Chinese Five Spice. Nothing fancy, but still delicious. Then I completed the meal with fresh snow peas.
3 cups Brown Rice, cooked
5 tablespoons Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)
3/4 cup Coconut Milk
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Ground Coriander
1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Cayenne pepper, to taste ( I usually put 2-3 dashes)
1 Tablespoon dried Parsley
3 Tablespoons chopped peanuts, optional for garnish
- Cook the rice according to directions.
- In a medium-sized pot, combine all the ingredients, except rice and parsley. Mix well until smooth and it starts to simmer. Simmer 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until sauce thickens slightly. Mix in parsley.
- Mix the hot rice into the peanut butter sauce. Transfer to a large pot/bowl if needed. Serve immediately. You can garnish with chopped peanuts.