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Peanut Butter Chicken

This Peanut Butter Chicken has crispy bites of chicken smothered in a savory peanut sauce with stir fried vegetables! Serve this with rice or noodles for a complete meal that your family will love!

A white plate with rice and peanut butter chicken with stir-fried vegetables.

Peanut Butter Chicken

Peanut Butter Chicken is my weakness! The chicken is super crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and it’s tossed in the most flavorful peanut sauce that has hints of savory and sweet with a hint of spice and umami. 

Serve this with any combination of stir-fried vegetables that you have on hand along with rice or noodles! Leftovers even freeze well for future meals! 😁

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Sauté the vegetables in peanut oil until softened and set aside. Season the chicken and toss it in cornstarch.

A plate of stir-fried vegetables next to a plate of cornstarch chicken.

Heat oil in the same skillet and fry the chicken in batches for 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside once cooked and wipe excess oil from the skillet. 

Add the chicken back and whisk the peanut sauce ingredients together. Add it to the skillet and toss to coat. Set the heat to medium. The cornstarch from the chicken will thicken the sauce. Cook until desired thickness is obtained and remove from heat. 

A plate of crispy chicken next to a skillet of crispy chicken in peanut sauce.

Add the stir-fried veggies to the sauce or serve them on the side along with rice or noodles. Garnish with roughly chopped peanuts and green onions and serve!

A white plate with Peanut Butter Chicken, rice, and vegetables.

Pro Tips

  • Optional Additions to this recipe include: Bean Sprouts, Water Chestnuts, Onions, Celery, Kale, Chow Mein Noodles, Sliced Almonds, Sesame Seeds, red pepper flakes.
  • The consistency of the sauce will continue to thicken the longer it cooks. If it becomes thicker than you’d like, add a splash of water to thin it back out.
  • I use Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce for this recipe.
  • A pinch of Red Pepper Flakes can be added to the sauce as well for an additional kick.
  • This recipe is great with a side of rice. The notes section of the recipe card includes instructions for how I make perfectly cooked rice every time.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To Freeze:
  • To Reheat:
    • The chicken can be reheated from a thawed state in the microwave or in a lightly greased, covered casserole dish at 350° for 15 minutes or so, or until heated through.
    • The rice can also be microwaved or reheated in a lightly greased foil packet in the oven for 10 minutes or so.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • Wok- These conduct heat so well and are perfect for making stir fry, chow mein, etc.
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife– This is the one I have, I love it.
  • Cutting Boards- I love having assorted sizes. (One for the meat, one for the veggies, etc.)
  • Kitchen Tongs– Perfect for handling the chicken during seasoning and frying.

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A white plate with Peanut Butter Chicken with white rice and vegetables.

Peanut Butter Chicken

5 from 10 ratings
This Peanut Butter Chicken recipe has a delicious peanut sauce that is perfect for making with stir fry or serving with rice or noodles!

Ingredients

Sauce

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

Veggies

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, can sub olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup baby carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

Chicken

  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless chicken breast or thighs
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil, can sub olive oil

For Serving

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • Green onions, to garnish
  • Chopped peanuts, to garnish

Instructions

  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the bell peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Cut the chicken into 2-inch pieces and place them on a large plate. Pat them completely dry. Sprinkle with seasonings and use kitchen tongs to toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with cornstarch and use tongs to toss to coat again.
  • Heat 1/3 cup peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Fry the chicken in batches, leaving room around each to ensure the edges get crispy. Flip once the bottom of the chicken is light brown and crisp, about 3-4 minutes per side. Make small adjustments to the heat (up or down) throughout cooking as needed. Remove and set aside once cooked.
  • Use kitchen tongs to grip a paper towel and remove excess oil from the skillet. Add the chicken back to the skillet. Whisk the peanut sauce mixture and add it to the skillet. Toss to coat.
  • Set heat to medium and allow the sauce to heat through and thicken, the cornstarch from the chicken will thicken the sauce. Cook until desired thickness is obtained. If the sauce becomes too thick, add splashes of water to thin it back out. Remove from heat.
  • Add the sauteed vegetables to the sauce or serve them on the side. Garnish with green onions and roughly chopped peanuts. Serve with rice or noodles. (See notes for instructions on making perfectly cooked rice.)

Notes

Pro Tips:
  • Optional Additions to this recipe include: Bean Sprouts, Water Chestnuts, Celery, Kale, Chow Mein Noodles, Sliced Almonds, Sesame Seeds, red pepper flakes.
  • The consistency of the sauce will continue to thicken the longer it cooks. If it becomes thicker than you'd like, add a splash of water to thin it back out.
  • I use Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce for this recipe.
  • A pinch of Red Pepper Flakes can be added to the sauce as well for an additional kick.

My process for perfectly cooked rice:
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. (I add 2 chicken bouillon cubes to the water for enhanced flavor.)
  • Add 1 cup of rinsed white long grain rice and let the liquid come back up to a boil.
  • Cover tightly and reduce heat to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes. (I set my heat to low.)
  • Remove from heat and let it stand in the pot for 10 minutes with the lid on, any rice stuck to the bottom will release.
  • This yields 3 cups of flavorful, perfectly cooked rice. I use a Dutch oven for this which conducts heat well.
  • Note that other varieties of rice may require different liquid measurements and/or cooking times.

Nutritional facts are per serving, the number of servings are at the top of the recipe card in the middle. This recipe has 4 servings and doesn't include rice or noodles for serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 669kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 1291mg, Potassium: 1221mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 4774IU, Vitamin C: 97mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 3mg
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22 comments on “Peanut Butter Chicken”

  1. We loved this recipe!!  I liked that I could do so much prep ahead of time. Great combination of flavors!!  I served it with rice and that was good but anxious to try it with noodles. Leftovers we’re great the next day!! Definitely a keeper!! 

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