Lately, Dan and I have been loving making up recipes from complete scratch. We have been enjoying looking through our fridge and seeing how we can combine ingredients to make fun masterpieces. A lot of our recipes come from twists and adaptations to things we have made, tried or seen before. Sometimes our favorite ones come about through randomly uniting leftover ingredients. This chicken peanut skillet transpired through wondering how to dress up the chicken thighs in our refrigerator. After combing through our pantry for ideas, we let our appetites chose the ingredients. A jar of peanut butter, a can of pineapple and a bottle of soy sauce seemed like logical elements to combine. As we added more ingredients from our refrigerator to these staples, we came up with one of our favorite recipes yet.
When friends or family talk to us about our blog, a question that Dan and I get a lot is, how do you come up with your recipes? Given that we are learning how to cook, a lot of our recipes come from things we have always wanted to try making. We then take those ideas and put a spin on it. Sometimes our spins are simplifying the dish or adding an ingredient that is unexpected. When we think of something that we want to try to make ourselves, we jot down ways to make it unique, more accessible and incredibly tasty. Whenever we do this, we often realize that the meal we have prepared is something we have never eaten or seen before. We love the creativity that comes with dreaming up recipes, and sometimes the best ones transpire through using a pantry as a grocery store.
This chicken peanut skillet was so fun to quickly create in our heads. The actual cooking of the dish was also quite fast and became an instant favorite in our home. After adding all of the unexpected ingredients together, we simply let them simmer and become more flavorful. This was the perfect dish to prepare quickly and then walk away and let it cook thoroughly. We love meals like this that allow us to enjoy amazing flavors with not a lot of maintenance. If you try this dish at home, we hope you love the simplicity of the cooking and the complexity of flavors. We know we will be making this chicken again, very soon.