Peanut butter chicken

Peanut butter chicken

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


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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  • 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



    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


  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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kasiakoczwara's picture
17th Nov, 2017
Added some lime juice, as advised earlier. Turn out not bad, but not fantastic either. Liked it with some rice noodles. Kids not impressed...
7th Oct, 2017
Really really awful! Half way through cooking I tasted the sauce and found it cloying (what did I expect with all that fat?) needs something to cut through the peanut and coconut. I saved it with lime and fish sauce but even that couldn't make it a nice meal.
16th Sep, 2017
Very very disappointing. It's bland, it's not sweet enough & chicken thighs really don't belong in this dish. Use breast, put more peanut butter, add lime leaves, lemongrass & lime and you're on your way to a decent dish ... or just find a decent recipe, as this is all wrong.
ec_reynolds's picture
20th Aug, 2017
I tried this recipe tonight and wish I'd read the previous comments and suggestions as how to add extra flavour, as I do agree that it turns out very bland! I'd added onion and a touch of tomato puree when the sauce looked too creamy, but it really needed something else to pack a punch. I'm sure it'll go down well with my two small children, but I don't think I'd try again.
20th Aug, 2017
Good basic recipe, I did add an onion to the base as another commenter here to get a bit more flavour. Also added a bay leaf and a couple of cardamon pods for some extra fragrance. For anyone worried about blandness its key to have good seasoning; I added a tbsp of sugar for sweetness and a touch of lemon juice to get the flavours working. Mine tastes like a peanut tikka masala!
21st May, 2017
not sure how people say this is bland with chillies, peanut butter, garam masala, garlic, ginger and coriander! Packed with flavour!
20th Mar, 2017
Hmm, yes it's bland! Thou am wondering if it depends on the type of peanut butter. I had to add ketchup to make it taste of something- cheap peanut butter with salt & sugar might work better than peanut-only peanut butter!. Not sure I'll attempt it again even with diff variety!
16th Mar, 2017
We really enjoyed this! Have had it three times now - added onions for flavour and used crunchy peanut butter for texture. We have had both chicken and turkey with this - enjoyed on a wrap with rocket, with basmati rice and flatbreads too! Yum!
26th Feb, 2017
Bland. Added soy sauce, lime & curry powder.
11th Feb, 2017
Really great recipe! Was concerned it may be bland so used 3 cloves of garlic and doubled the ginger, used a red and green pepper and added some salt at the end. I also used crunchy peanut butter, which worked well.


20th Feb, 2017
The sauce is runnier than i exspected, what is the texture ment to be like?
goodfoodteam's picture
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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