Peanut Butter Chicken – Ready in 20 minutes

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I promise you right now, there is no better use for peanut butter than this recipe!

Something magical happens when you mix peanut butter, lime, and chili to make this an incredibly delicious sauce. I love everything Thai, but for once you don't need all the fish sauce, shrimp paste, tamarind, garlic, etc. to get that amazing flavor.

This recipe was made as part of our 20-minute Tuesday series on YouTube that includes super-tasty recipes like my fried spaghetti salmon, a favorite of Chis crispy chicken, fabulous Asian lettuce wraps, and many more quick and easy meals.

Peanut butter, which is something I HATE for your own pain! (Sorry, peanut butter lovers) is 100% the star of this dish.

Those red chili peppers add a great deal of heat, but feel free to leave them out if you don't like it spicy.

Everything is on the table in about 20 minutes, so this is an excellent mid-week meal too.

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I have been doing this for years, it is one that my mother passed on to me. I still have the recipe scrawled on a piece of paper, dotted with oil stains from about 10 years ago! Mom's version also has bean sprouts, which I sometimes include, along with broccoli or scabies sauce or any veggies around it.

If you're doing this for kids who don't eat chili peppers, I suggest you leave them out, serve your portions, keep them warm, and add the chopped chilies to the rest of the pan. Then simply stir for a minute or two.

If you're like me and LOVE these Thai flavors, why don't you try one of these too? Laksa Seafood Thai Peanut Pig Thai Yellow Fish Curry

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The Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe:

20 minutes of chicken with peanut butter

My peanut butter chicken is full of flavor and ready in 20 minutes! A great mid-week meal, with no fussy ingredients!

Course: dinner

Cuisine: Asian, Thai


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 chicken breasts, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon ground coriander
  • 300 ml chicken broth water + 2 bouillon cubes are fine (use gluten-free broth)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of soft peanut butter, check to see if it needs gluten-free, though it's generally
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped (I use fresh chilies)
  • 200 g green beans, cut and cut into short pieces

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  • If serving with rice, put the rice in the cook first, then you can cook the rest of the meal while the rice is boiling.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning regularly, until sealed (about 2-3 minutes).

  • Add the onion and continue cooking for another 2 minutes, then stir through the ground coriander.

  • Add the peanut butter, the juice from one of the limes, and the broth. Stir, make a soft bubble, then put the lid on and simmer for 7-8 minutes until it thickens a little. Check it and stir a few times to make sure it doesn't catch.

  • Add the green beans, taste and add the remaining lime juice if necessary. Stir everything and cook for another 5 minutes without the lid. You can add a little water if it starts to look too dry.

  • Serve with boiled rice and sprinkle with chopped chilies (or sweet chili jam) and coriander (cilantro).

Recipe Notes

Can it be done in advance? Yes, go ahead (without ingredients), then chill, cover, and refrigerate for up to two days. Heat well in a pan, adding a splash of water to help loosen it. . Can it freeze? Yes! Chill, cover, and freeze (without ingredients), then completely thaw overnight in the refrigerator before heating in a skillet until hot. You may need to add a little water to loosen it. . Can it be gluten-free? Yes, replace the broth with gluten-free broth (water plus broth is fine). Make sure your brand of peanut butter is gluten-free. . What if I don't like chilies / spicy food? Leave the chilies entirely. This food still has a lot of flavor without the chilies. . Nutritional information is per serving, WITHOUT serving suggestions for rice and sweet chili jam.


To make this peanut butter chicken recipe, you will need:

This is a new version of a recipe that I first published in May 2014. Want to see how bad my picture was then? Ok, here it goes (shrink):

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