Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chicken Kabobs with Thai Peanut Sauce

It is time for a recipe post! On Saint Patricks' Day, I made corned beef & cabbage, paired up with Irish Soda bread, and I made a promise (on facebook) that I would do a post on that...

But I just couldn't. I'm going to be honest & say I'm not a big "corned beef fan". The recipe turned out well, but I just don't love it.

So I decided to throw this one at you all, instead! I highly recommend, as it is amazing. It was my "pre-race fuel" on Saturday night. I paired this with a whole-wheat pasta salad to get my carbs!

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper sauce
  • 1 thai pepper (or jalepeno), finely chopped
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (I used 1/2 green & 1/2 red to add some color), chopped into squares
  • pineapple chunk
  • Red onion, chopped into squares
  1. Chop all ingredients & place into containers or piles for kabob building
  2. In a 2 quart saucepan, mix P.B., soy sauce, vinegar, & chopped jalepeno until smooth. Stir in sugar & pepper sauce. Cook over med-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Reserve a small amount for a "dipping sauce"
  4. Pour the remaining sauce over your chicken. Allow to marinate for about 10 minutes.
  5. Build skewers, alternating the chicken, onions, peppers, & pineapple. (***If using wooden skewers, remember to soak in warm water prior to building)
  6. Start gas or charcoal grill. And grill until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Serve with the dipping sauce.

The finshed product. I definitely recommend. I wasn't so sure about cooking with peanut butter -- but it had a very interesting rich taste. Adding a kick of hot-peppers/spice is essential, I believe!


I've got the fever

I've got the fever to do another race! Running is truely an addiction. The more events you partake in, the more you want to do. This weekend I did the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon. One of the fun parts of this race, is my I won the raffle for free registration! My hospital happened to sponsor this race.

It was kind of funny, actually. I know I'd be seeing people I know at one of the water stations. Of course, they were stationed @ mile 12. This entire race was hills, so by mile 12 I was a breathless, sweaty mess. :-) So when they greeted me and cheered "Go Abby!" -- I was so hypoxic, I couldn't even find it in me to say "hi" or "Thank you". I was just making a whimpery moaning noise.....and nodded my head.

The AZ Distance Classic was the most challenging race I've done. I'm not sure it was something I did nutritionally, training-wise, or hydration-wise? It could be that I hung out with the 1 hr 40 min pace team for the 1st 7 miles. So my pace was really fast. So when I hit the big hills at mile 8, I wanted to die? But I hit a wall.

Not the wall. But a wall.

However, I finished in 1 hour 49 minutes! So I was pleased. That's an average pace of 8:21 minutes/mile. This is close to a PR for me. My PR is 1 hour 48. My new goal is 1:45, I've decided.

Despite how physically challenged I was, I am really craving to do a full marathon, now! My plan all week last week was, "When this half is done, I'm taking a break from running & focusing on weight training and biking"...

Now I'm all amped up about running! But "race season" is kind of coming to an end here in Tucson. So I think it's time for to throw in the towel for a while here. But come January...I will be doing that Phoenix Rock N Roll Marathon! The full!