Asian Peanut Butter Ground Chicken a.k.a. Peanut Butter Me Up, Buttercup!

Asian Peanut Butter Ground Chicken a.k.a. Peanut Butter Me Up, Buttercup!

Guys… this ground chicken is ON ANOTHER LEVEL OF DELICIOUS!

It’s made with very minimal ingredients, super flavourful, easy to make, customizable & full of protein & healthy fats!

It’s a great meal prep staple & works well in salads, bowls, wraps, lettuce wraps, stir fries, rice paper wraps or simply as is.

You can also use the same marinade for ground turkey or beef & you can totally sub the peanut butter for almond butter or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free alternative, if you prefer!

Before we get into the recipe, I just want to talk about peanut butter for a sec! People always ask me: “Is peanut butter okay or is it bad for you?”. The answer is twofold. There are definitely misconceptions when it comes to PB & whether or not it’s bad for you – it really depends on how much you consume & the variety of peanuts you’re eating.

LET’S START WITH THE BAD: Some of the reasons why you shouldn’t eat too much of it?

  • It’s very high in omega-6 fatty acids. The typical American person eats too much omega-6 fatty acids & not enough omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is the one responsible for helping reduce inflammation, while TOO MUCH omega-6 can actually lead to inflammation. Since peanuts are high in omega-6 fats & low on omega-3s, they may contribute to causing an imbalanced ratio.
  • Peanuts often contain mould & cause allergies. Most peanuts are grown on the ground. They get very moist & a lot of them contain mycotoxins or mould, which has been linked to depression & other health issues. This is also one of the reasons why so many children develop food allergies or inflammatory immune reactions around peanuts.

BUT NOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GOOD:

  • Go for a certified organic brand! The best peanuts to go for are VALENCIA OR JUNGLE as they are not grown in the moisture of the ground, but rather in bushes off the ground or higher up, which eliminates (or almost) the issue with mould. Valencia peanuts also contain mono-unsaturated fats that lower triglycerides & they contain all 9 essential amino acids & the antioxidant resveratrol, which is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage & oxidative stress.
  • Make sure the peanut butter you’re buying is made with nothing but the RAW VALENCIA OR JUNGLE PEANUTS & that it contains NO ADDED HYDROGENATED OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS, TABLE SALT OR SUGAR.
  • Consume your peanut butter with omega-3 foods! Doing this ensures that you maintain a healthy ratio of omega-3/6 & that you don’t overly consume omega-6 & potentially cause inflammation. This is super easy to do: if you’re making a recipe with peanut butter, add in some flaxseed oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds or ground flax! You won’t even feel that these ingredients are there but at least you’ll be taking care of your health! And in general, JUST MAKE SURE TO GET ENOUGH OMEGA-3 RICH FOODS IN YOUR DIET DAILY!

TO SUM IT ALL UP: Peanuts are actually good for boosting metabolism & fat loss, if consumed with the other RIGHT FOODS & as part of a proper & blanked diet. They are one of the highest plant-based forms of protein available today & also a good source of good carbs. THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SURE YOUR PB IS HEALTHY IS TO MAKE YOUR OWN. Here’s a recipe if you’re inspired: Homemade Refined-Sugar-Free 2-Ingredient Peanut Butter a.k.a. Life Ain’t Easy, But THIS IS (Oh & Did Someone Say: Almond PB, Coconut PB & Chocolate PB? Yep!)

Now, back to this delicious scrumptious recipe that will remind you of your childhood – you know? Those family trips to Asian restaurants that you looked forward to all week? Yes, THOSE! But healthy & clean!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pack extra-lean ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup raw organic creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. raw organic chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha
  • 1/2 tbsp. coconut flower syrup (or pure organic maple syrup or raw organic honey)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Sea salt & black pepper to season
  • Coconut oil cooking spray

TO MAKE:

  • Add the marinade ingredients to a large mixing bowl & use a whisk to combine them until the peanut butter is fully dissolved & incorporated with the other ingredients.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat & spray with coconut oil.
  • Once heated, add your chicken & use a wooden spoon to break it apart.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken & toss to coat the chicken in it. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until chicken is no longer pink & cooked through.
  • Throw in the parsley & green onion, toss & cook for another 2 minutes, until the greens wilt.

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  • Remove skillet from heat. Top with chilli flakes & enjoy! :))

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