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Peanut Sauce Chicken

This easy peanut butter chicken recipe comes together quickly, making it a great option for weeknight meals. The sweet and savory marinade coats the chicken thigh pieces completely,  making a nice brown crust around the juicy meat. 
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 464kcal
Author Diana Reis


  • Grill or Grill Pan


  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Peanut Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ Cups Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Rice Wine vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Fish Sauce
  • 4 Cloves Garlic grated
  • 4 Teaspoons Ginger grated, or 2 teaspoons ground ginger


  • In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger.
    Place half in a separate container and retain to serve over the cooked chicken.
  • Pat the boneless, skinless chicken thighs dry with a paper towel and place them into a food storage bag or large bowl.
  • Add the satay inspired marinade to the chicken. Toss the chicken pieces in the marinade until they are well coated.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan on medium heat. Coat the pan or grill with a drizzle of canola oil to prevent sticking and burning.
  • Remove the peanut butter marinated chicken from the bag and place it top side down on the hot grill or large skillet.
  • Let cook without disturbing it for about six minutes. It should have a nice golden brown color.
  • Turn the chicken over and finish cooking for six to ten more minutes.


Can I marinate my chicken ahead of time?
You can marinate the chicken up to one day in advance. A long marinade will not do much for adding flavor, but you can have your chicken prepared ahead of time to make the day of cooking easier.
Tips For Success
  • Whisk the marinade vigorously to make sure the peanut butter is well combined with the other ingredients. A few tablespoons of peanut butter make this sauce super creamy and rich, but take a little effort to get smooth. 
  • To keep the marinade from burning, lightly brush canola or vegetable oil on your grill or grill pan and turn down the heat to just below medium.
  • If you are making this dish on a gas grill, I would highly recommend a pan for the drippings. The thigh meat can render off a good amount of fat and a drip pan will make clean up much easier. 
Storage and Reheating
Store leftover peanut butter chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. 
This peanut butter chicken reheats really well in the microwave and is great for meal prep. 


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1659mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg