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It doesn't get much easier than this Peanut Chicken Skillet! The chicken is cooked in the skillet, then tossed in a simple peanut sauce and sprinkled with cilantro. The whole dish comes together in 10 minutes, and it makes for the best leftovers!
Am I predictable or what? This after posting my Thai peanut sauce, I just had to create a peanut chicken recipe.
This chicken is almost too easy, but I'm sharing it anyway! See, once you make the sauce, you have SO many options of what to use it for. You could prep this chicken recipe, my Thai cauliflower steak or pair it with roasted vegetables or even potatoes.
- A quick, flavorful weeknight meal that's made in one skillet
- Ready in about 10 minutes from start to finish
- Delicious served with rice, and makes for the BEST leftovers
Chicken: Breast, thighs or tenders; make sure to use boneless skinless chicken
Peanut sauce: No substitutions
Cilantro: Non-negotiable; you MUST add chopped cilantro on top! It completes the flavor profile.
First: Make the peanut sauce. If you haven't already done so, make the peanut sauce according to the post instructions (i.e. in a small blender).
Second: Cook the chicken. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the diced chicken and cook it, stirring frequently until it's done (about 5 minutes).
Third: Add cilantro. Reduce the heat to low, then pour the peanut sauce into the skillet, stirring until the chicken is coated and the sauce thickens a bit. Remove the skillet from the heat, then sprinkle cilantro on top.
Tips and FAQs
-Don't own a small blender to make the sauce? Try using a food processor, or simply whisking everything by hand.
-Serve this alongside rice, cauliflower rice or my Thai cauliflower steaks.
Do I have to use chicken breasts?
Nope! Since the chicken is getting diced, it doesn't really matter what kind of chicken you use. Breasts, thighs or tenders work great.
How long will this last?
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days; just know that you may need to add more peanut sauce before reheating.
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Peanut Chicken Skillet
- 2 lb. chicken breasts diced
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup Thai peanut sauce plus more as needed
- 2 tbsp cilantro chopped, plus more to taste
- First, make the peanut sauce if you haven't already; set aside.
- Next, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the diced chicken and cook, stirring frequently until the chicken is cooked through (about 5 minutes).
- Reduce the heat to low, then pour the peanut sauce into the skillet, stirring until the chicken is coated and the sauce thickens a bit. Remove the skillet from the heat, then sprinkle cilantro on top. Add more peanut sauce if you wish and enjoy!