Denise's Peanut Chicken Recipe -
Denise's Peanut Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Denise's Peanut Chicken

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"This wonderful recipe is a family favorite of ours - and we have 3 very young children! Everyone who enjoys this recipe always asks what restaurant we ordered it from! It is fast and simple to make. I would say it's a bit like a stir fry with a Thai flavor! Serve on top of cooked brown or classic white rice. Very good with a simple side like mandarin oranges to complete this meal"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Place chicken in the wok, and cook until juices run clear. Mix in red bell pepper, and continue cooking until tender.
  2. In a bowl, mix the broth, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger, and cornstarch. Pour into the wok. Toss green onions and cilantro into wok (reserving some of each for garnish). Continue to cook and stir 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Mix in peanuts, and garnish with reserved green onions and cilantro to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 07, 2007

Very delicious recipe! My husband and I cooked this one together and we did make just a couple changes that I would recommend...leave out the cornstarch and peanuts and use 3/4 cup of chunky peanut butter instead. It gave it just right flavor, texture, and thickness. If it seems a little thin at first just cook until it thickens. The flavors in this dish really blend well. The cilantro and green onion really gives it the perfect unique taste, and it's not too pea-nutty. We served this over steamed brown rice along with some steamed broccoli. This one is a keeper! This was my review a couple years ago. Since then I have discovered that this is a lot better served over rice noodles. Also I add broccoli and bean sprouts. The broccoli flavor works really well in this dish. And I also add lime juice to the peanut butter.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 20, 2009

I am really disappointed in this recipe. The only change I made was to add some peanut butter, but I still put in the exact amount of spices and other ingredients. My husband and I both thought it was extremely bland, it tasted like nothing. For all of the wonderful ingredients I added, I thought it should have much more flavor. If I were to make this again, I would double almost all of the ingredients that went into the sauce.

Oct 14, 2006

This was delicious - though I made some changes. I used canola oil; 2 cloves of garlic (we love it); added chili flakes and about 1 TBS hoison sauce to the soy mixture and finally, I didn't use chopped peanuts. Instead, I took the advice of other reviewers and used about 3 TBS of chunky peanut butter. At first, the whole "concoction" looked a bit runny and I started to get worried. But let it simmer for about 10 minutes and you're good. I served this over white steamed rice and the best part is that the peanuty sauce will coat the rice and its mmm good. Boyfriend went back for thirds!!

Aug 08, 2006

This recipe is full of flavor, but I would definitely agree with doubling (if not tripling!) the sauce measurements, especially if you're thinking of serving this dish with rice or noodles.

Mar 02, 2006

Do note--the cilantro and fresh ginger are prominent, as in most dishes in which they play a part. So, if you don't go for these tastes, reduce or leave them out. This recipe is absolutely top shelf. I served it with instant white rice. They only modification I might make is to reduce the peanuts a bit to your own taste. Two cups is a LOT of peanuts for some folks. I dig peanuts, so it's okay by me. The complex, slightly exotic taste of this dish is excellent. My mother in law didn't like it, but she doesn't go for anything too far off the beaten path. If appearances count to you, you will love this one. It's plates up beautifully. Restaurant quality, indeed. And delicious!

Feb 06, 2006

This was one of the best dishes I've made. Definite keeper! I did alter one thing...I used CHUNKY peanut butter instead of the nuts, about 1/2 cup. The sauce was thicker, kinda creamy and really yummy!!!!

Apr 08, 2007

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I make it for myself using chicken, or for my vegetarian friends using tofu which I press and cut into bite-sized squares. I make it a little different every time, but usually add plenty of vegetables (red peppers, sugar snap peas, broccoli, whatever I have on hand), and I always use 2-3 tbsp of extra crunchy peanut butter instead of peanuts. It's always a big hit whenever I bring it to potlucks, and I get frequent requests for the recipe. Thanks, Denise!

Mar 24, 2006

This recipe had a great deal of potential, which I hope to exploit the next time I make it. I think I will double the soy sauce, use honey instead of sugar, add more ginger and double the cayenne, decreasing the amount of broth as needed. I added broccoli and red onion, and halved the amount of peanuts. There will still a very satisfying amount, and that, plus the additional veggies made it considerably more healthy. Thanks, Denise.


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  • Calories
  • 437 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 29.1 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 5.6 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 29.7 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 155 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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