Your family is going to love this delicious Peanut Butter Chicken recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes. Serve this flavorful dish over steamed white rice or sautéed cauliflower rice.

peanut butter chicken in a white bowl with a gold fork and spoon

If you’ve never had Peanut Butter Chicken, then you are in for a delicious surprise. This Asian-inspired chicken thigh dish is full of creamy, tangy flavor, satisfying chicken, and crisp sliced vegetables. Even kids love this healthy dish and will ask for seconds.

Best of all, the complete dish comes together in 30 minutes or less, making this the perfect easy chicken dinner for busy weeknights. See my full index of healthy 30 Minute Meals.


peanut butter chicken ingredients in white bowls

There are no exotic ingredients in this recipe. I bet you have most or all of them in your kitchen right now. The creamy peanut butter sauce is made using:

Then, the actual chicken part of the dish is made with just:

  • Chicken thighs or cutlets
  • Onion
  • Red bell pepper

Be sure to check out the full, printable recipe at the end of this post.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The first step is to gather up all of your ingredients and make the peanut butter sauce.

peanut butter chicken sauce ingredients

Step Two

The next step is to prepare the chicken and veggies to be cooked in a large skillet on the stovetop. After the chicken and vegetables are almost done cooking, stir in the peanut butter sauce.

peanut butter sauce

Step Three

Let the chicken finish cooking and serve hot. The peanut butter sauce will thicken a little bit as the dish cools.

I like to serve the Peanut Butter Chicken over steamed Instant Pot Basmati Rice (recipe coming soon), but it would also be great with brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.

peanut butter chicken in a large skillet

30 Minute Meals

I don’t know about you, but it can be hard to find recipes that are easy to make on a weeknight, but also taste great. I think you’ll agree that this easy recipe fits the bill. Even my husband asked for seconds of this healthy chicken dish.

Here are some other 30-minute meal favorites:

And, don’t miss my cookbook, The Quick & Easy Healthy Cookbook: 125 Delicious Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less, now available on Amazon!

Recipe Substitutions

  • If you’re on a paleo or Whole30 diet, you can substitute almond butter for the peanut butter and leave out the coconut sugar.
  • Heck, you can even use cubed firm tofu instead of chicken if you want a plant-based meal.
peanut butter chicken recipe with sliced red bell peppers

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chicken and red bell pepper dish in white bowl

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe


Your family is going to love this delicious Peanut Butter Chicken recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes. Serve this flavorful dish over steamed white rice or sautéed cauliflower rice. 


  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, de-seeded, and sliced into thin strips
  • 1.25 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the aminos, rice vinegar, peanut butter, sesame oil, coconut sugar, and ground ginger. Use a spoon or whisk to stir together. Set the bowl aside while you cook the chicken.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper strips and sauté for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften. 
  3. Add the chicken, stir, and reduce the heat slightly to medium-low. Cover the skillet and let the chicken cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. When the chicken is almost done cooking, stir in the peanut butter sauce. Keep the lid off and let the mixture cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve hot.


  1. This dish is great served on top of cooked white or brown rice, cooked quinoa, or sautéed cauliflower rice.
  2. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  3. WHOLE30 or PALEO: Replace the peanut butter with an equal amount of almond butter, and leave out the coconut sugar (for Whole30).
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy chicken dinner, chicken thigh recipe, gluten free chicken recipe

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