About the music: This dish is a little spicy and a little tangy, so we wanted to cool things down a bit by putting together a lush pairing of the coolest indie-electronic jams around to accompany your chicken dish. This is really one of my favorite music genres as it draws influence from a variety of sounds to provide you with a diverse listening experience. We tried to capture that essence with this playlist by stringing together a wide variety of all things light, funky, and synth-laden. You’ll start things off with the Australian trio, Theme Park, segue into Beat Connection and KZA to deepen the mood, and finally get immersed with the funk courtesy of FKJ and Psychemagik. It’s a groovy little blend and we think it accompanies this dish quite nicely.
Prep/Cook time: 30 minutes
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Sriracha
2 teaspoons rice vinegar or lime juice
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 bunch broccoli
First things first, hit play on this juicy theme park track and loosen up a bit. This recipe is stoopid simple, so you’ll have a lot of brain-power left over to focus on these cool beats as you cook. Now that you’re ready, preheat the broiler. While it’s heating up, just like the tunes, mix together the peanut butter (after inhaling a spoonful or two, of course), water, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha, and rice vinegar or lime juice…we choice lime juice and believe me it was a wise choice. Once your peanut butter concoction is finished and you’re deep in the midst of jamming out to Beat Connection, toss the chicken thighs and broccoli in the sauce , and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.
Broil everything for about ten minutes, and then turn your oven over to bake and bake it up right for another ten minutes, watching to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Well, I wish there was more for me to write, but that about does it. Snarf on your delicious dinner as you let Freight to My Soul by the Cosmic Kids cool down that spice in your mouth.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Lovekin via Martha Stewart.