An outdoor picnic presents a challenge, both to be creative and practical. There’s something inherently fun about packing up a meal and eating it later in a fun and outside location, and to me, part of that fun is in the uniqueness of the menu. Every summer we enjoy an afternoon of Shakespeare set to the beautiful backdrop of the Boscobel mansion and the Hudson River, and bring along a meal to do it justice. This year, I wanted to try something new, and searched online for ideas that were both simple and delicious.
This chicken recipe looked perfect- with a coconut milk and peanut butter marinade, it was something a little different. I modified it slightly- using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, one less tablespoon of brown sugar in the marinade, and omitting both the curry powder and paste. The cooking instructions called for grilling, but it was a million degrees outside, so I decided to stir fry, tossing in mixed vegetables. The recipe made enough sauce that I used a slotted spoon to remove the chicken before cooking, and reused the marinade to soak a pound of chicken thighs for my husband to barbecue later. It could’ve gone well over rice, but given the nature of a picnic, I opted for corn on the cob. Fruit salad rounded out the meal, and I was going to make a small batch of chocolate chip cookies, but a friend offered to bring along gluten-free cookies for the kids. Perfect! I wrapped the hot corn in towels and tucked them right into an insulated bag; the hot stir-fry into a glass container, wrapped well with towels; and the fruit in jar. Zipped everything off to the car with thermoses of cold water, and we were delighted to eat a simple, still-hot meal under a shady tree looking out at the Hudson River.
If you’re looking for an easy chicken recipe, I recommend this one. If you’re looking for an afternoon of fun and culture, try the Hudson Valley Shakespeare company at Boscobel. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
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