Spicy Peanut Chicken

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    If you've never used peanut butter in a savory dish, this spicy peanut chicken is a dish you must try! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and it's so full of flavor! It will easily become a favorite dinner in no time!

    We’ve officially become “those” dog parents. Winston was invited to his first doggy birthday pawty this weekend! It was one of his best friends from daycare.

    LOL I’m sure there are many of you judging us right now and possibly rolling your eyes, but we enjoy doting on our only child right now and experience this moment, live it, and have fun.

    The best part of this pawty was that it was at this GORGEOUS Virginia winery that is about 45 minutes from our house. I love where we live because you can drive 45 minutes west and be in the rolling hills and vast land.

    It’s absolutely breathtaking and the winery instantly became my new favorite. There have been some wineries around us that have decent wine but this winery had GOOD wine. Like really good wine.

    We bought two bottles and one of them was a red wine that I fell in love with and if you know anything about me you know I’m not a red wine drinker :)

    If you've never used peanut butter in a savory dish, this spicy peanut chicken is a dish you must try! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and it's so full of flavor! It will easily become a favorite dinner in no time!

    Aside from being a new red wine lover (well, specific red wines; I’m picky), I’m certainly not a new peanut butter lover. I am 100% a nut butter addict and I have at least two jars of peanut butter in the pantry at all time along with cashew butter and almond butter. They’re the best in smoothies BUT did you know they’re also pretty awesome in savory dishes, too?

    If you've never used peanut butter in a savory dish, this spicy peanut chicken is a dish you must try! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and it's so full of flavor! It will easily become a favorite dinner in no time!

    When we were younger, my mom made a version of peanut butter chicken for us on the regular because it was easy to put together after a long day at work. I decided to take that childhood dish as inspiration for this spicy peanut chicken.

    You guys.

    I feel like every dish I make for the blog I’m always saying how you have to make it immediately.

    I mean, here’s the thing – I don’t post dishes on here that I can’t be passionate about. The reason why I’m always telling you to make something new I post immediately is because I’m literally blown away with it and 100% obsessed and I want you to feel the same. I want my passionate enthusiasm to translate into that same feeling for you in the kitchen and on your dinner table.

    If you've never used peanut butter in a savory dish, this spicy peanut chicken is a dish you must try! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and it's so full of flavor! It will easily become a favorite dinner in no time!

    So with that said – please watch the recipe video below and then grab the recipe and make this spicy peanut chicken. We have made this three times since I created this recipe a couple weeks ago and I just love how the flavors go SO well together in a savory dish.

    You never really think peanut butter can “go” in a savory dish but this spicy peanut chicken is about to prove everyone wrong!

    If you've never used peanut butter in a savory dish, this spicy peanut chicken is a dish you must try! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and it's so full of flavor! It will easily become a favorite dinner in no time!

    If you've never used peanut butter in a savory dish, this spicy peanut chicken is a dish you must try! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and it's so full of flavor! It will easily become a favorite dinner in no time!
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    Spicy Peanut Chicken

    Super quick and easy dinner to throw together any night of the week. A great new way to use peanut butter in a savory dish!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 937kcal
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    Ingredients

    For the sauce

    • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter , the kind you have to stir
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2-3 teaspoons sambal oelek
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • Splash of milk

    For the rest of the dish

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 large red bell peppers , sliced
    • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast , cubed
    • Salt and pepper , to taste
    • Chopped peanuts , for topping (optional)
    • Chopped green onions , for topping (optional)

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together ingredients for the sauce.
    • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot then add the bell peppers. Cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the chicken and cook through, about 7-10 minutes. 
    • Pour the sauce on top then toss to coat and let simmer. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, then stir with a spatula until evenly distributed. Serve over white rice and top with chopped peanuts and green onions, if desired.

    Notes

    Recipe video here!
    Nutrition Facts
    Spicy Peanut Chicken
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 937 Calories from Fat 432
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 48g74%
    Carbohydrates 63g21%
    Fiber 7g28%
    Sugar 46g51%
    Protein 74g148%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Jenny Flake says:

    Ooooo, this would make the perfect quick fix dinner! Love these flavors!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    This looks amazing! I want it for dinner tonight!

  • naomi says:

    My boys would love this -bookmarked!

  • Heather Christo says:

    You guys are so funny with a dog party! I love it- and this spicy peanut chicken is making my mouth water…

  • Marla Meridith says:

    This chicken recipe looks wonderful!!

  • Edith Weldon says:

    What can I substitute for Samba Oelek? I can take some heat but not a lot.
    Many thanks for something new & tasty for my hubs and I (empty nesters) to try.

    • Julie says:

      Try about like 1/4 teaspoon of it and see if that’s too much – or, if you don’t want to buy it since you don’t eat a lot of heat..I would just use a bit of crushed red pepper flakes and adjust to taste! :)

  • Maria says:

    I agree, peanut butter works great in a savory dish!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love to use peanut butter in savoury dishes like this! Yum!

  • Rachel Gatalica says:

    I recently made a grilled chicken recipe that called for peanut butter in the marinade. I was so skeptical but it’s the best grilled chicken i’ve ever made! Now after seeing this recipe, I can’t wait to try it–thanks for sharing!

  • Jonathan says:

    I just made this tonight and it was FANTASTIC! This is surely going into my weekly meal routine. Thanks!

  • Jami says:

    What are your thoughts on eliminating the honey? I’m trying to do low to zero sugar. Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      You won’t really get that nice caramelization and flavor or the thick sauce. I think if you really want to, you could reduce it to maybe two tablespoons.

  • LL says:

    I had this “Saved” in my Pinterest Account. I made it last night and it was AMAZING and so easy! I “Keeper” for sure! Thank you for another great recipe. LL (Massachusetts)

  • Shelly says:

    Delicious and easy. We had tons of eggplant leftover after making your Eggplant Parmesan used cut up eggplant instead of chicken, and we only had Jiffy peanut butter and then did not add honey. I enjoy your recipes!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Glad to hear!

  • Shridevi Karkera says:

    Hi! Is there a substitute for sambal oelek?
    Is it very essential or can it skipped altogether?
    I really like all your recipes and want to try out the chicken ones.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hi, it is definitely essential because it is what makes this spicy peanut chicken spicy. You could try finding another type of spicy garlic sauce for the sambal.

  • Aminta says:

    Super easy and delicious!!

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