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Peanut Chicken with Rice

Peanut Chicken – Quick and easy dinner of chicken in a peanut sauce, served over rice and topped with peanuts. Great for the whole family any night of the week.

Chicken satay is a classic grilled chicken appetizer that you dip in a peanut butter sauce. I know it sounds a little strange to have peanut butter with chicken, but once you mix in the soy sauce, ginger, and all of the other ingredients it all just works together.

This Peanut Chicken is served over rice and on the table in about 20 minutes, which makes it perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

What Is Peanut Sauce

Peanut sauce can go by a few names but satay sauce is the most common in the US. It is based out of Indonesia made from roasted peanuts. It is becoming more and more common around the world.

This Chicken Satay Stir Fry takes a classic satay sauce and turns it into a whole stir fry dinner. So if you are familiar with chicken satay from restaurants, don’t miss that!

What’s In Peanut Sauce

  • Coconut Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chili Garlic Paste
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Lime Juice

Best Stir Fry Vegetables

In this peanut chicken stir fry I used carrots and red bell pepper, but there are lots of other options! Really anything your family enjoys works here.

  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrots
  • Baby Corn
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How To Make Peanut Chicken

  1. Season chicken well with salt and pepper and then brown in a skillet with oil for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add your vegetables to the pain and cook for 4-5 more minutes until the vegetables are starting to soften and the chicken is mostly cooked.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup mix together everything for the sauce, whisk until it is smooth.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken and bring to a simmer. Cook for just a couple minutes until it starts to thicken.
  5. Serve over rice and top with chopped peanuts and cilantro if desired.

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice is the perfect thing to serve this with. It will cook while the chicken cooks and dinner will be on the table in about 20 minutes!

Peanut Chicken with Rice - a dinner the whole family is going to love

Recipe Tips

  • If you are in a hurry and don’t feel like chopping a bunch of vegetables, a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies would make a great quick and easy swap.
  • Leftover chicken? Throw it in! Skip the steps of cooking the chicken and just reheat the chicken while the veggies are cooking and dinner is done even faster! Would work well with rotisserie chicken as well.
  • If you are trying to go low carb, cauliflower rice goes really well with this. The sauce if flavorful enough your family probably won’t even know!
  • Make it vegetarian by using tofu in place of the chicken.

Peanut Chicken Leftovers are great in the fridge for a few days. Just store in an air tight container and you have lunch for the next day!

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Yield: 4

Peanut Chicken with Rice

Peanut Chicken with Rice - quick and easy dinner for any night of the week

Quick and easy dinner of chicken in a peanut sauce, served over rice and topped with peanuts. Great for the whole family any night of the week.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Stir Fry

  • 1 pound boneless, , skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, shredded
  • Cooked rice
  • Peanuts, , chopped
  • Cilantro, (optional garnish)

Peanut Sauce

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp chili garlic paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 lime, juiced

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add to the pan, and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add bell peppers to the pan. Cook until the chicken is cook through and the peppers are starting to soften.
  3. Meanwhile, in a 2 cup measuring cup, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce. Pour over the cooked chicken. Heat to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in carrots, and remove from the heat.
  5. Serve over rice topped with chopped peanuts and cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 635Total Fat 39gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 96mgSodium 1263mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 47g

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Beth

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

This looks amazing! My hubby and daughter are going to be all over this recipe! So excited!

Jacque Hastert

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

I have added this dinner to my menu for next week. I can't wait to see how it comes together. I am sure that my family will love it.

Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

This Peanut Chicken with rice was amazing! My whole family loved it!

katerina @ diethood.com

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

I need to try this asap!! It sounds incredibly delicious!! YUM!

Catalina

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

This chicken must be so flavorful! You just gave me a great idea for dinner tonight!

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