Peanut butter chicken

Peanut butter chicken

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(207 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 4

The whole family will love this new, budget chicken dish. Any leftovers freeze well and make a handy lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal572
  • fat43g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre3g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 red chillies, finely sliced (deseeded if you don't like it too hot)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 100g smooth peanut butter

    Peanut butter

    pee-nut butt-ah

    Peanut butter starts with dry roasting peanuts, which concentrates and heightens their flavour…

  • 400ml can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small bunch coriander, ½ roughly chopped, ½ leaves picked
  • roasted peanuts, to serve
  • cooked basmati rice, to serve

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat. Brown the chicken in batches, setting aside once golden. Fry the garlic, chilli and ginger in the other 1 tbsp oil for 1 min. Add the garam masala and fry for 1 min more.

  2. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut milk and tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan and add the chopped coriander. Cook for 30 mins until the sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through.

  3. Serve with the remaining coriander, roasted peanuts and rice, if you like.

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dilysb
17th May, 2020
1.05
Extremely disappointing, even though I followed the recipe. For me, there was too much coconut milk and I didn't like the combination of the milk with the chopped tomatoes, either flavour-wise or in appearance: I ended up with a runny, pink-beige 'gravy'. Will not be doing this again.
SammyA
5th May, 2020
4.05
I can’t really rate this recipe as it is because I followed advice from others and added quite a few ingredients. I added onion, lemon grass and some curry paste to the garlic/ginger/chilli/garam masala base and doubled those ingredients as well. I used no added sugar peanut butter and reduced fat coconut milk, and added some fish sauce. I also used lime juice just before serving. Everyone enjoyed the curry. It makes a lot of sauce (and is quite a high calorie meal) so I think when I make it again I’ll double the chicken and have it two days running. Not sure it will freeze without splitting.
gorgeouspanda
27th Apr, 2020
4.05
Very simple and tasty recipe with a few amendments. Used crunchy peanut butter as didn't have smooth. Think it added to the texture. Seasoned well with salt and pepper, and added double garam masala to add more layers to the flavour. Some comments were it tasted bland - and it was to us, hence a bit of additional seasoning. Also squeezed in half a lemon to lift ut a little. Basically a good, simple recipe you can tinker with to suit your family's tastes. Will do again.
jimarko
20th Mar, 2020
5.05
I used the cheapest own brand peanut butter, and speeded up the prep by using squeezy chrushed garlic, crushed chiilies and crushed ginger. Also used dried coriander powder, reduced fat coconut milk and spray oil. Wonderful flavour with a tingle rather than a burn. Easy, quick and tasty and will definitely make this again.
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Jenny Breton
28th Nov, 2019
1.05
This was inedible even with all of the suggestions (like juice, fish sauce, sugar etc) It was craggy and the flavour just didn't work! I'm a food and nutrition teacher and I couldn't even rescue it, it went straight in the bin...such a waste!
ElleW
26th Nov, 2019
5.05
This was delicious!! I did adapt it slightly - had no chicken so used quorn pieces. I have a tin allergy so used some chopped up fresh tomatoes instead, and a carton of coconut cream. This probably made it thicker than it's meant to be but I added a little water. It was honestly the most scrumptious meal I've had in ages. Would definitely make again!
Ba6ycatcher71
19th Nov, 2019
Loved this and will be making again! Used chicken breast instead of thighs and reduced coconut milk to lower calories.
francesadair
29th Jul, 2019
Delicious and easy. All we added was a bit of salt. Used chilli in a jar, but in future would make sure to use a level teaspoon rather than heaped.
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Joanne King
25th Jun, 2019
5.05
Great recipe. Easy to make with store cupboard ingredients. I didn't feel the coriander was essential, but did use it. I'm a big fan of chilli in a jar so used a generous teaspoon instead of fresh chillies and used coconut cream with some extra water as required which made a lovely thick sauce. Don't understand how anyone could describe this as bland. I read the reviews and added an onion - will definitely make again :))
vickyslight
26th May, 2019
1.05
Did not like at all. Too sickly and bland tried to rescue with onions, garlic and rendang curry paste but had to throw away none of the family liked it. Will not be cooking again.

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Abdullah Alj
13th Jun, 2020
Can I use sweet potatoes and onions on this meal?
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lulu_grimes
19th Jun, 2020
Hi, Do you mean instead of the chicken or as well as. Yes you could do both. Fry the onion first but the sweet potato can go straight in. The potato might need less cooking time than the chicken. I hope this helps Lulu
KodieMc
20th Feb, 2017
The sauce is runnier than i exspected, what is the texture ment to be like?
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goodfoodteam
3rd Mar, 2017
Thanks for your question. If the sauce is too runny, you can simmer for a little longer until it's thickened to your liking.
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Issy Holmyard
13th Jul, 2020
Followed the recipe and did not like the taste. Less peanut butter..add paprika, lemon juice and diced onion.
gorgeouspanda
27th Apr, 2020
4.05
Very simple and tasty recipe with a few amendments. Used crunchy peanut butter as didn't have smooth. Think it added to the texture. Seasoned well with salt and pepper, and added double garam masala to add more layers to the flavour. Some comments were it tasted bland - and it was to us, hence a bit of additional seasoning. Also squeezed in half a lemon to lift ut a little. Basically a good, simple recipe you can tinker with to suit your family's tastes. Will do again.
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