Super Simple Thai Peanut Chicken

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My boyfriend has been pestering me for some peanut sauce for a few weeks now, so I finally broke down and made him some. I am not a huge fan of anything peanut flavored except for things that I’ve grown to associate peanut butter with, like cookies, or PB&J.

The good news is, I think I’ve found a peanut themed dish that I actually enjoy eating as much as I enjoyed cooking! I was almost surprised by the simplicity of this dish, considering it only required a few ingredients such as peanut butter, soy sauce, and garlic. I added a touch of sriracha and lime for a hint of heat and acid as well, which I initially felt weird about mixing into my PB, but it turned out absolutely incredible.

Just whisk together the peanut butter, sriracha, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, and honey until a thick sauce forms. My sauce was perhaps a touch too thick, so feel free to add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to help make the sauce a little runnier, if that’s how you like it.

I marinated my chicken breasts in half of the peanut sauce for about 2 hours prior to cooking them. Since I was in a hurry (and starving) I decided to do a ‘quick cooking’ method on the chicken, which included searing the chicken on both sides before popping into the oven for about 15 minutes.

When the chicken is cooked through, spread the remaining peanut sauce onto the tops of each breast. I served mine alongside some orange noodles, which made for a perfect spicy companion.

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Super Simple Thai Peanut Chicken

The Starving Chef
A simple Thai peanut butter chicken recipe with just a hint of heat.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, International
Cuisine Asian, Dinner, Stiry Fry
Servings 4


  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 4 slices each
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped


  • Combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken to create a peanut sauce marinade. Reserve half and use the rest to pour over the chicken. Let the chicken rest in the marinade for about 2 hours prior to cooking.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sear the marinaded chicken over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, more if your chicken breasts are particularly thick.
  • Stick the chicken breasts into the oven while in the pan (if oven proof, transfer to a baking sheet if not). Cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Spread the remaining peanut sauce on the top of each breast. Serve right away alongside orange noodles. Enjoy!
Keyword chicken, noodles, peanut butter, spicy, Thai
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