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Spicy Peanut Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Spicy Peanut Chicken

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"A Thai-inspired dish consisting of chicken served with a spicy peanut sauce over spaghetti noodles."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Combine curry powder, Thai chili garlic sauce, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and soy sauce in a small bowl, and set aside. Fill a saucepan with water, and bring it to a boil. When the water is boiling, drop in the spaghetti and cook for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Drain the spaghetti, and set aside.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat until barely smoking, and drop in the chicken. Cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes, until the chicken is just beginning to brown and the inside is no longer pink. Remove chicken from the skillet, and set aside.
  3. Make the peanut sauce by stirring together peanut butter and 3 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat until mixture is smooth and the peanut butter is melted. Pour in the curry-chili sauce, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes.
  4. To serve, place the noodles in a large bowl, top with chicken, and spoon the peanut sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle the green onions over the dish, and garnish with chow mein noodles.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 17, 2011

Ok, so I read the other reviews and can see where they might have not liked this dish, but this is an excellent dish to tweak and make amazing. For starters I cut back on some ingredients. I omitted the cayenne, cut the chunky peanut butter to 1 cup creamy, and cut the chili sauce to only 1 tablespoon. In place of the 2nd cup of peanut butter, I added 1/2 cup of peanuts (this will cut back on the peanut butter flavor and give it a little peanut crunch). I also changed the soy sauce to ¼ cup and added a lot of garlic and onion powder to the sauce. I then added 1 tablespoon of fish sauce. In lieu of the 3 ½ cups water, I added 2 cups of chicken broth. I do not like chow mien noodles, so I kept those out all together. With these changes you will have a creamy (not too thick) sauce with an amazing flavor. Add directly and simmer it with the cooked chicken for about 5 to 10 minutes before tossing with the noodles. Right at serving, I highly suggest chopping up clean fresh cilantro and green onions and topping each plate. The cilantro gives it that extra Thai flavor. With these changes I swear it was very similar to my favorite Pei Wei Thai chicken dish.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 14, 2009

Great starting point, but needs some alterations - as it stands, it comes out WAY too peanut buttery and the sauce too thick. I added some additional sriracha and soy sauce, then thinned the sauce with milk. Additional moves to create a thinner sauce could be welcome. If I made it again, would also look to add some onion (vidalia probably) for additional texture and flavor (sweetness). Again, a very good starting point, but play around with it.


9 Ratings

Oct 14, 2010

I'm sorry, I've been married 18 years and have never served a meal that was so bad no one could eat it! No one is a picky eater either, we all pretty much will eat anything and try anything, but this was just.....I don't know. Perhaps there are some out there that liked it!

Jun 15, 2009

My husband liked it, but I didn't. Too peanut butttery for me. I would make it again if I was asked but not other wise

Aug 02, 2010

We did not like this dish...way too spicy. I would not make this dish again.

Mar 19, 2010

I added more spices and less peanut butter. My boyfriend and I loved it!

Jun 03, 2009

I omitted the chicken and chow mein noodles. Excellent otherwise.

Jul 10, 2014

I modified the recipe and used about half the amount of peanut butter to reduce the fat and it was absolutely scrumptious. Next time, I'll reduce the water used too, but it was still delicious! I'll definitely make this again!


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  • Calories
  • 593 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 36.6 g
  • 56%
  • Fiber
  • 6.7 g
  • 27%
  • Protein
  • 32.5 g
  • 65%
  • Sodium
  • 610 mg
  • 24%

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

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