Peanut butter chicken? Don't knock it till you try it! This recipe is a flavor explosion waiting to happen, with a creamy peanut butter sauce that creates a delightful sweet and savory combination that perfectly complements the tender chicken. It's a fantastic option for busy weeknights, coming together quickly and easily with minimal cleanup.

Peanut Butter Chicken


This dish is sure to become a family favorite, offering a unique twist on classic chicken recipes. Plus, it's surprisingly versatile! You can adjust the spice level to your preference and add your favorite vegetables for a more well-rounded meal.

Why This Recipe is a Winner:

  • Weeknight Wonder: Short prep time, minimal cooking time, and easy cleanup make this recipe ideal for busy weeknights.
  • Flavor Explosion: The peanut butter sauce is a symphony of sweet, savory, tangy, and spicy flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.
  • Family-Friendly: This recipe is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
  • Versatile: Adjust the spice level and add your favorite vegetables to customize the dish to your liking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prep the Chicken: In a bowl, toss the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. The Peanut Powerhouse: In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sriracha (if using), garlic, ginger, and sesame oil.
  3. Searing the Chicken: Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sear the chicken pieces until golden brown on all sides.
  4. The Sauce Symphony: Pour the peanut butter mixture into the pan with the chicken. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  5. Thickening Touch: In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and a tablespoon of water to create a slurry. Slowly whisk the slurry into the simmering sauce until it reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Simmering Perfection: Simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  7. Serving Time: Serve the peanut butter chicken over steamed rice or noodles. Garnish with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro (optional).

Tips and Variations:

  • Veggie Bonanza: Add your favorite chopped vegetables to the pan with the chicken during the searing step. Broccoli, bell peppers, snow peas, or carrots would all be delicious additions.
  • Spice It Up: Want a bit more heat? Increase the amount of sriracha in the peanut butter sauce, or add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Crunchy Delight: Garnish the finished dish with chopped peanuts for extra texture and a peanut butter flavor boost.
  • One-Pot Wonder: This recipe can easily be made as a one-pot meal. Simply add all the ingredients (except the cornstarch slurry and fresh herbs) to the pot after searing the vegetables and cook according to the instructions above.

Peanut butter chicken is a unique and flavorful recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights. It's easy to make, endlessly customizable, and sure to tantalize your taste buds. So ditch the ordinary, grab your ingredients, and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure with this delicious peanut butter chicken recipe!

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