Peanut butter chicken

Peanut butter chicken

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(134 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
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 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.

You may also like

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
18th Mar, 2018
Bland unless you add onions, more garlic and lime as suggested. Also adding colourful vege bulks it out & make sit look more appetising
4th Mar, 2018
Turned out really well family loved it. I used chilli flakes rather then fresh and added veg to bulk it out as i was using leftover chicken. Think the key to this one is seasoning both chicken and sauce well and cooking out the spices and then sauce as the flavour was completely different after the sauce had thickened. Will try adding lime next time to give the creaminess a lift.
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.
stutay's picture
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!
jbartnz's picture
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!


Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.
Want to receive regular food and recipe web notifications from us?