Thai Peanut Chicken

April 6, 2015
Consuming enough protein to fuel your body can be difficult, especially when you’re short on time. The US department of Agriculture recommends that all men and women over the age of 19 should eat at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. That means a woman who is 130 pounds should get at least 48 grams of protein, which could look like 7 ounces of salmon or 7 eggs.
Everyone has a different diet that suits them. Even though that amount of protein is what one source recommends it may not work for you. Consuming 7 eggs in one day may be extremely difficult so it’s important to find simple, achievable ways to meet your bodies needs.
For a long time I would grill chicken breasts on Sunday for the next 3 days and then eat that with some type of vegetable and brown rice for lunch. But eventually I got sick of eating plain chicken and craved something more. This thai peanut chicken recipe is easy to put together, packed with protein, affordable, and everyone in the family will enjoy it. It also has brown rice which is a “good carb”. It isn’t processed like white rice so it still has plenty of protein, fiber, and multiple nutrients that aid in digestion and weight management.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Put your peanut butter, minced ginger, salsa, lime juice, chicken broth, and chicken breasts in your crockpot. Mix it all together and make sure that the sauce is covering the chicken. Put it on medium and cook for 6 hours. If you check on it after that and it needs more time don’t hesitate to put it on high for an extra hour. Crockpot power can differ with different brands.
Next you need to make your brown rice. You can also cook this ahead of time if you’re planning on using it for your lunch. Put 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and simmer for about 40 minutes. Remove the rice from heat for 10 minutes. Keep the lid on so that the heat doesn’t escape. When you’re ready to serve it you can fluff it with a fork.
Once everything is done grab a large plate or bowl and lay the chicken over top of a bed of rice. Add some sauce over top and then garnish it with arugula. Pair it with any vegetable as a side. I chose asparagus and some fresh tomatoes but you can use whatever you’d like!
Coach Bailey

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