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Thai-ish Spicy Peanut Chicken

Please don’t judge me when I say I have made this for dinner three days in a row and inhaled all of it. This is definitely one of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever made, and absolutely one of my favorites. It’s a great weeknight dinner that comes together quickly, and I would probably eat it every day if The Boyfriend would let me.

Ingredients:
2 boneless skinlessΒ chicken breasts, cut into ~1″ cubes
1 medium-sized jalapeΓ±o pepper, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced (half-moons)
3 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp natural peanut butter (I’m using Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp. chili oil (optional)
Sriracha (optional)
vegetable oil

Seasoning:
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
white pepper (to taste)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1-2 tsp. basil (I love these guys, you can find them in the freezer section at Trader Joe’s)

Heat oil in a large non-stick pan on medium-high. Add the onion, jalapeΓ±o pepper, and garlic stirring continuously for about 3 minutes or until onion begins to soften. Add ~ 3 tbsp peanut butter and mix well to prevent burning.

Lower temperature to medium, add chicken to the pan, and season with salt and pepper immediately. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, and 1/3 cup water to thicken the peanut sauce. Finally, add all remaining ingredients (white pepper, turmeric, red pepper flakes, basil, chili oil). Mix thoroughly to marry flavors and ensure chicken is being cooked on all sides. Continue cooking on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through (about 10 minutes).

Serve immediately with a light drizzle of Sriracha on top (optional).

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EDIT: This recipe was updated on 05 January 2014 for clarification and minor updates.

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9 thoughts on “Thai-ish Spicy Peanut Chicken

  1. The only reason he suggests eating the same thing over and over is because it is EASIER, not because it does anything to your weight. You could eat completely different things each meal, each day and still lose weight if you stick to the diet. I eat a different dinner each night because I cook for my family and I have had no problems loosing weight. Think I will try your peanut chicken tonight!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

    1. That’s a good point, thanks for the input! I hope you love the chicken – my sister hates peanuts and my friend is a vegetarian and they both loved it! Let me know how it goes or any variations you made!

  2. I made this for dinner today and it was delicious!! Reminded me of a Thai restaurant! The only variation I did was that I added a couple tablespoons of water to keep the peanut butter from sticking, and as it cooked, the water created a nice thick sauce. I will definitely be making this a weekly dish πŸ™‚

    1. Woo! I love hearing feedback on my dishes! Next time I make it, I’ll try adding some water too =] so glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Hello there! This post could not be writtesn any better!
    Going through thiis post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I most certainly will forward this post
    to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read.

    Thwnk you for sharing!

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