Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

Thai Peanut Chicken
What’s the ultimate combination of chicken and peanut butter? Thai Peanut Chicken of course! If you have ever wondered what chicken and peanut butter would taste like together give this recipe a try. They actually have a dish very similar to this at a local Chinese buffet here in Michigan. Although not necessarily authentic, this Asian inspired dish is absolutely delicious. The highlight of this recipe is the creamy peanut sauce. The sauce which is basically a combination of peanut butter, soy sauce and cayenne pepper is sweet and has just the right amount of kick to put this dish at the top of my list. The cayenne pepper can be adjusted to your taste, if you like a lot of spice, add more, if not add less.  For the garnishes, to add even more peanut flavor we are adding roasted peanuts, green onions and red bell pepper. Some people like to add broccoli to the recipe, I left it out but if you desire add some broccoli florets into the mix. Serving this dish with rice is a must. 

Also, I know there were a few people that wanted to know if they could print my recipes without the pictures. Sorry guys for making you waste all your ink for so long L. The good news is you can now print the recipes without pictures. To do this, simply click on ‘Print This Post’ which is located right above the first photo on the right. Now lets get onto the recipe…

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1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
3 tablespoons fresh garlic (minced)
1 ½ tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
oil (for cooking)
¾ cup green onions (chopped)
1 red bell pepper (sliced)
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper (or more to your taste)
¼ cup water

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: to make the peanut sauce – In a bowl mix soy sauce, peanut butter. Add white wine vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside.
Step 2: in large skillet heat oil. Add garlic, ginger and chicken.  Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside (about 5 minutes). Remove from pan and set aside.
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Step 3: Add a tiny bit more oil to the pan and stir fry red bell peppers and green onions for about 2 minutes or until they have reached desired tenderness. Remove from pan and set aside.
Step 4: Over medium heat add the peanut sauce mixture to the pan. Heat while stirring constantly. When sauce mixture starts to bubble add ¼ cup of water and mix well to thin it out a bit.
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Step 5: In a large serving dish add chicken, green onions, red bell pepper, and roasted peanuts. Add sauce and mix well. Serve with white rice.


28 Responses to “Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe”

  1. Happy Cook — November 3, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    Looks super delicius. My hubby and daughter are wild about nuts. So i am sure they will love this if i make for them. Boorkmarked.

  2. gina bina — November 3, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

    yum! I will definitely try this.

  3. Deborah — November 3, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

    I just found your blog and I’m already in love… this recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try some of your other ones.

    I love Chinese food and all your food looks great… I’m going to be trying some of your recipes tonight! 🙂

  4. Ivy — November 3, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    Bobby I think you have the best chicken recipes in the whole blogosphere. I must try this one as well.

  5. Graeme — November 3, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

    Peanuts belong in every dish, as far as I’m concerned.

    Especially ones this good-looking!

  6. Maria — November 3, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

    Looks tasty to me!! Great photo too!

  7. Kevin — November 3, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    I really like using peanut butter in savoury dishes and this peanut chicken looks great!

  8. Cindy for Muse in the Kitchen — November 3, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

    This sounds just delicious. I’ve bookmarked this page and I think I’ll make this for hubby when he gets home next week. Yummy! Thanks.

  9. Biz — November 3, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

    Definitely going to be on my menu soon!


  10. Famous Cooks — November 5, 2008 @ 12:46 am


    Thai Peanut chicken recipe is excellent. After seeing the pictures, i cannot stop myself to appreciate your photography talent.

    Thanks for posting


  11. flowercarole — November 5, 2008 @ 4:17 am

    This looks and sounds delicious. Will have to go on my ‘to cook list’.

  12. Russell — November 5, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    I am never let down when I come to your website. You have amazing recipes with great demonstrations of the steps. Keep it up 🙂

  13. Carsten — November 6, 2008 @ 10:30 am

    brilliant recipe!!!!

  14. Actuary — November 7, 2008 @ 4:07 am

    This looks absolutely lovely, I tried one of your other recipes a few months ago and was delicious and quite easy to cook (especially for me who can’t really cook) will definitely give this one a go!!!

  15. graciecat — November 12, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

    OK, I used this recipe but after a tweak here & a tweak there I realized I used it was being used more as a guide than an actual recipe.. but I followed the sauce pretty close *swapped honey for brown sugar & sriracha for cayenne* and I am so happy! This peanut sauce will be getting made just to toss on noodles if I have nothing else to eat. Freakin’ yum.

    ps – thanks for submitting it to Photograzing so I could find it 🙂

  16. Debby — December 9, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    LOVED this recipe! I made it tonight. I will definitely make this again– the only things I changed a bit is to use red pepper flakes, instead of cayenne. I LOVE water chestnuts, so I think I’ll add that for “crunch” next time– I know, not really authentic Thai. I also garnished with cilantro. Simple and delicious peanut sauce. Thank you!

  17. Michelle — January 26, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

    Again you have my undevided attention. 🙂

  18. Chef Mark — May 26, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    Fantastic aromas, flavor and colors! Very well done, and thank you for sharing and inspiring!!

  19. Michael — May 27, 2009 @ 9:42 am

    I’ve made this twice, using sri racha instead of the cayenne pepper, and it turned out wonderfully both times. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Laurie — January 31, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    I tried this and it was sooo good and very easy to make. My whole family loved it. I also shared your website with a friend and she tried it and loved it too!

  21. Angela — April 26, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    Just made this and it was wonderful! Thanks again for another great recipe.

  22. Jennifer — September 27, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    I made this but we didnt care for it….my son makes a really good peanut chicken and this looked close but unfortunately it wasnt what we were expecting

  23. Rebecca — December 2, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

    I’ve made this a couple times too now with a few changes that make this recipe taste almost exactly like a similar dish at the Cheesecake Factory. The biggest difference in my version is that I serve the chicken, sauce, and peppers (no onions in our household) with linguine noodles instead of white rice and double the sauce to cover it all. I also like to throw in a handful of bean sprouts near the end and top it off with a sprinkle of coconut flakes and extra whole peanuts. I absolutely LOVE it!!!

  24. Heidi — April 8, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I just made this for dinner…AMAZING!!!!

  25. TW — December 3, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I just tried this recipe. It was delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  26. AK — March 4, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    good recipe, but the second time I used more peanut butter and less cayenne pepper. Instead of peppers I use celery and carrots.

  27. Danny — May 6, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. I’ve tried several that tasted nothing like the one from my local Chinese restaurant. I think this is the one, because the one I’m trying to duplicate has sesame oil.

  28. jen — June 21, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    just made the recipe. used crunchy peanut butter, more brown sugar, and more pepper flakes and sliced red peppers in the sauce.
    was delicious! thanks for the recipe.

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