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Quick & Easy to Make Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

Discover savory perfection with Peanut Butter Chicken recipes. Elevate your dining experience with a fusion of rich, nutty flavors. Try it now!

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Are you a fan of the classic combination of chicken and peanut butter? Our peanut butter chicken recipe takes this beloved pairing to new heights with flavors that will leave you craving for more. 

If you love easy chicken recipes for dinner with just a few simple ingredients, this is a delicious meal for you to try! 

Tender chicken pieces are coated in a rich peanut butter sauce with hints of garlic and ginger, giving every bite is a delightful blend of savory and creamy goodness.

The best part about this chicken and peanut butter sauce recipe is its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and straightforward instructions, you can create a delicious and impressive meal in no time. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or entertaining guests, this recipe is sure to impress.

The whole family will enjoy this delicious dinner recipe infused with Thai flavors. 

One of the best things about our crispy peanut butter chicken is its versatility. It can be served as a main dish alongside steamed rice or noodles.

What most people love about this dish is that it is like a flavor bomb thanks to the rich peanut sauce. It really is such a great sauce.

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How to Make Peanut Butter Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp of creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
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The first step is to dice up the raw chicken into bite size pieces.

In a large skillet, brown the chicken pieces over medium-high heat over a few tbsp oil or sesame oil in a single layer.

While the chicken is cooking, make your easy peanut sauce in a large bowl, whisk together the peanut sauce ingredients: soy sauce, creamy peanut butter, brown sugar, olive oil, ground ginger and white vinegar. 

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As the chicken simmers after a couple minutes of cooking, the sauce will thicken. 

Top your dish with fresh cilantro or green onions.

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Tips For Making Chicken and Peanut Butter Sauce

  • Opt for natural peanut butter without added sugars or oils. It provides a rich and authentic peanut flavor to the dish.
  • Peanut butter chicken is best when the chicken is tender and juicy. Avoid overcooking to prevent dryness. Cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • If the peanut butter sauce is too thick, you can thin it out with a bit of chicken broth or water. If it’s too thin, simmer the sauce for a few more minutes to reduce and thicken it.
  • Add some heat to your peanut butter chicken by incorporating chili flakes, sriracha sauce, or minced jalapeños. 
  • Before serving, sprinkle some freshly chopped cilantro or green onions over the dish. These herbs add a burst of freshness and a pop of color to your peanut butter chicken.
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Peanut Butter Chicken Side Dish Ideas

Enhance your peanut butter chicken experience with these side dish options to round out an easy meal. 

  • Serve your peanut chicken over white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice or rice noodles. 
  • Stir-Fried or Steamed veggies of your choice such as: broccoli, Green Beans, Cabbage, Snow Peas, collard greens or other crisp veggies. 
  • Sweet Potato Fries 
  • Asian Slaw 
  • A fresh side salad 
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Substitutions for Peanut Sauce Chicken

  • If you have allergies or prefer a different flavor, you can use cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or tahini (sesame seed paste). Each option will bring its unique taste to the dish.
  • Instead of peanut chicken, you can use tofu, shrimp, or beef as the main protein in your peanut butter dish. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the protein is cooked through.
  • Feel free to experiment with different sweeteners in the recipe. Instead of honey or brown sugar, you can use maple syrup, agave nectar, or even a bit of stevia for a lower-sugar option.
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Can I make peanut butter chicken ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the marinade and marinate the chicken in advance to save time. You can also cook the chicken and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two in an airtight container. When ready to serve, reheat the chicken in a pan or oven and add the peanut sauce before serving.

Can I freeze peanut butter chicken? 

While it’s possible to freeze peanut butter chicken, it’s best to freeze it without the rich peanut sauce. Cook and freeze the chicken separately, then make the sauce fresh when you’re ready to serve. This helps maintain the texture and flavor of the chicken.

What kind of cuisine is peanut butter chicken?

Peanut butter chicken is often associated with Asian cuisine, particularly Thai food.

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Peanut Butter Chicken

Peanut Butter Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This great recipe for Peanut Butter Chicken is a delicious meal! Serve this flavorful dish over some steamed rice and vegetables for a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Dice chicken. 
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a sauté pan. Brown chicken. 
  3. While the chicken is cooking, make your peanut sauce: whisk together soy sauce, creamy peanut butter, brown sugar, remaining olive oil, ground ginger and white vinegar.
  4. When chicken is browned, stir in sauce and cook until chicken is cooked through and sauce is warm. 
  5. Serve Peanut Butter Chicken over white rice. 

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Jan

Monday 10th of June 2024

Delicious! Easy! I made with skinless, boneless thighs and had so much yummy sauce for the rice- Thank you!

Teddy

Sunday 5th of May 2024

Can I use chunky peanut butter and teriyaki sauce instead of soy?

momma lew

Sunday 5th of May 2024

Yes, the only probably with chunky is that it will be harder to whisk into a smooth sauce.

Jen

Monday 17th of April 2023

This was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Thank you!!

Michelle

Saturday 18th of February 2023

What if I have everything but the ginger. Will it still be good?

momma lew

Monday 20th of February 2023

Absolutely! Many times I forgo the ginger and it's just as delicious!

Sharon

Saturday 7th of January 2023

Just wanted to say this was awesome. I have a toddler who only wants peanut butter and jelly, so this was my way of parlaying that into a more nutritious dinner. Thanks!

momma lew

Saturday 7th of January 2023

This makes me so happy!

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