Though this isn't 'authentic' Asian-style "Chicken & Peanuts," as you may have had at your local Chinese restaurant, the flavor is unique & the ingredients are simple. I found it in the early pages of my mom's handwritten recipe book. She never made it for me, but explained it was one of my father's favorite meals back in the early 80's. He passed away before I ever got the chance to meet him, so I wrote it down and decided to make it "someday," dedicated to him.
Well! I made it for the first time last night, and I can see why he liked it so much. Yum! My husband and 8 y.o. daughter -- both picky eaters -- also enjoyed it immensely (though my daughter could've done without the peanuts and my husband without the mushrooms.) To each his own, but I think both add a lil' somethin' somethin' (and the liquid from the mushrooms is necessary for the recipe). :) In fact, I am anxiously awaiting leftovers now. Hope you like as much as me (and my dad) did.