Guest Post by: Jeff (Mackenzie’s husband)
“Knowing my wife has a busy week ahead preparing for a baby shower, I offered to help by cooking dinner. When Mackenzie said this meal sounded really good, I decided that I would give it a try, besides I LOVE it too. As a chef, whose mastery includes the omelette, dinosaur-shaped pancakes, and grilling, I was a bit nervous to attempt making a dinner with ingredients that I can barely pronounce. (Hoisin sauce- when’s the last time you had that added to the last minute grocery list?) We saw the recipe on a home improvement several years back and decided to try it. You will not be disappointed when you make it. Here are some tips that I, as the now not-so-novice chef, want to share with you as you make this:
1. Double the sauce (you will understand what I mean when you taste it). It is amazing.
2. Get all your ingredients prepped beforehand. I found that it was nice to have everything ready for each step when I went to do them. (Cutting snap peas takes the longest time out of everything.)
3. Grill the chicken. We have had it both ways; and grilling definitely adds a great flavor to the marinated chicken!
4. Don’t try to make this while your wife is trying to bake three cakes to use in cake pops. Our kitchen isn’t small, but it is definitely not big enough for that.
Finally, enjoy the meal. When you actually do the cooking, you’ll see it’s easier than it may appear. Our boys love this chicken with a little sauce as well as the noodles; we are trying to teach them to love spicy as much as we do!”