Switching up your everyday chicken with this Weeknight Thai Peanut Chicken with Spicy Lime Mango. Quickly made in your instant pot, slow cooker, or on the stove (in about 30 mins). Using pantry ingredients like high protein chicken, spices, Thai curry paste, peanut butter, and creamy coconut milk. It’s very saucy, creamy, a little spicy, healthy…and so delicious. Finish each bowl off with steamed rice and serve with sweet lime dusted mango. You’ll have the perfect healthy peanut chicken that can be enjoyed any night of the week.
Not sure how your chicken dinners were growing up, but mine did not include peanut chicken. It simply was not in the line up as one of my dad’s chicken and rice dinners. In fact, I don’t remember when exactly I was introduced to peanut chicken. It must have been somewhere around the time I started cooking for my family. So, maybe during my high school days? I’m honestly not sure. My point is that for a long time I didn’t know dishes like this chicken ever existed. I thought that the only proper use for peanut butter was either a really good peanut butter sandwich or in my mom’s Special K-Bar’s (that she’s pretty famous for).
The idea of peanut butter and chicken combined together was completely foreign to me back then. But now it’s one of my favorite flavor combinations to switch things up on an average weeknight. I’m sure this doesn’t surprise most of you. I’ve been loving Thai inspired cuisine for a number of years now. There’s so much color and flavor involved that not only is it delicious, but it’s also fun to create…not to mention pretty healthy too.
My point in all of this is that, I didn’t grow up enjoying foods like today’s recipe, but I sure wish I had. This peanut chicken is the ideal weeknight dinner for when you’re feeling a little bored with typical chicken and rice combinations.
The inspiration for this recipe came from two sources. First, I now have springtime recipes in my head at all times. I’m craving plenty of fresh herbs, color, and recipes that still feel hearty, but are nice transitional recipes to lead us into spring…in only eight days!
Second, I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for new ways to use the Instant Pot. This concept felt pretty new and exciting to me. Though I will say it took me a while to test and get just right.
Here is exactly how to make this…
As I mentioned, this can be made in the instant pot, slow cooker, or on the stove-top. I prefer using the instant pot, but either method is great. The instant pot always leaves me with perfectly tender chicken that’s never dry, plus it’s so easy.
Start by tossing the chicken with Thai red curry paste and ground ginger, which is key to creating a really flavorful chicken. Sear the chicken to give it even more flavor. Then toss fresh basil, cilantro, and additional Thai red curry paste. Stir this all together, then add coconut milk.
Next, add a touch of soy sauce and a splash of fish sauce. If you don’t enjoy fish sauce you can certainly use low sodium soy sauce instead. But as I always seem to be saying lately, I recommend giving the fish sauce a try. It adds a very savory, salty flavor.
If using the instant pot, lock the lid and let it do its thing.
Next up…peanut butter.
It’s important to stir the peanut butter into the sauce once the chicken has fully cooked. I found when I added the peanut butter earlier, the chicken either burned or the sauce had an odd texture.
Finally, finish with lime juice.
I do want you to know that there will be a good amount of peanut sauce surrounding your chicken. The sauce thickens a bit as it cools, but we love serving the chicken topped with additional sauce. So use the sauce to your liking.
Add some spicy lime mango.
Basically this is salsa, but we’re going to call it spicy lime mango. It’s not necessary, but I find it very delicious when paired with the savory flavor of this peanutty chicken. It also adds a nice tropical flare.
Finish with some steamed rice, add some sliced cucumbers, and a sprinkle of roasted peanuts, plus some fresh herbs. Alternatively, you could serve the chicken and sauce on its own or over brown rice for a whole grain option. Rice noodles would also be delicious.
And just like that, dinner is done. It’s pretty, it’s easy, and it’s even healthy too. You could serve this alongside roasted broccoli or steamed bok choy for added greens.
Simple and easy…yes. But also so DELICIOUS.
Looking for other 30 minute meals…try some of these.
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Weeknight Thai Peanut Chicken with Spicy Lime Mango
Calories Per Serving: 493 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
- 3-4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste using more or less to your taste
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil or regular basil chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving
- 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional, but recommended)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- juice of 1 lime
- steamed rice, for serving
- roasted peanuts and Persian cucumbers, for serving
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- 1. Toss the chicken with the 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, the ginger, and 1 tablespoon oil. Let sit 5 minutes.2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining Thai red curry paste, the basil, and the cilantro. 3. Reduce the heat to low. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce (if using), and 1/4 cup water. Partially cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the peanut butter and lime juice. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Note, there is going to be a lot of sauce. 4. To make the spicy lime mango. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.5. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice. Top with roasted peanuts, cucumbers, and spicy lime mango.
- 1. Toss the chicken with the 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, the ginger, and 1 tablespoon oil. Let sit 5 minutes.2. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Add 2 tablespoons oil and the chicken to the instant pot and sear on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining Thai red curry paste, the basil, and the cilantro. Turn the instant pot off. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce (if using), and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.3. Once done cooking, use the natural or quick release function. Stir in the peanut butter and lime juice. Set the Instant pot to sauté and bring to a boil, boil 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Note, there is going to be a lot of sauce. 4. To make the spicy lime mango. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.5. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice. Top with roasted peanuts, cucumbers, and spicy lime mango.
- 1. Toss the chicken with the 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, the ginger, and 1 tablespoon oil. Let sit 5 minutes.2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining Thai red curry paste, the basil, and the cilantro. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, and fish sauce (if using). Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.3. Remove the lid, stir in the peanut butter and lime juice. Cook 20-30 minutes on high to thicken the sauce. Note, there is going to be a lot of sauce. 4. Finish as directed above