Peanut butter chicken

Peanut butter chicken

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(184 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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20th Mar, 2020
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
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!
26th Nov, 2019
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!
19th Nov, 2019
Loved this and will be making again! Used chicken breast instead of thighs and reduced coconut milk to lower calories.
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
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 :))
26th May, 2019
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.
15th Mar, 2019
Also added an onion to the base. Turned out very nice, will definitely try it again w breast meat this time.
8th Mar, 2019
This is way too sweet and bland. Can’t taste the peanuts or the chicken.
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Jessica Jenkinson
20th Feb, 2019
This is the first meal ive cooked from scratch that's been edible or enjoyable. I don't enjoy spicy stuff or peanut butter but this recipe was absolutely delicious. It was creamy with a kick. Instead of chillies though i did use chillie flakes. Im not the most experienced at cooking so it took me a lot longer to prepare everything but i really think it was worth it. Im defiantly going to make this again in bulk and freeze portions.


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