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Easy Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

This easy Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe comes from African cuisine. How do you make it? What kind of ingredients do you use? Is this peanut butter chicken recipe a family-friendly one? Read forward so you can learn more about this gem.

peanut butter chicken served with rice on a colorful plate

Easy Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes when it comes to cooking dinner super fast. My daughter always loved this super easy peanut butter chicken recipe.

As a matter of fact, I think she was the one who gave me the recipe and showed me how to make it.

As with most of my recipes, we always went for easy-to-make, delicious ones that would use simple, natural ingredients. This recipe is no exception to the rule.

First of all, I used organic creamy peanut butter. I was doing a review for these beautiful creamy nut butters produced by a company called Once Again Nut Butter. (read the review here ).

Among the different samples that I received, one of them was a jar of peanut butter. Oh my, I did not know if I should just stuff my face with it or share it with my family.

It is organic, non-GMO, unsweetened, and salt-free, exactly how nut butter should be. Sooo good, you guys!

I have a few recipes that I want to try, but I will start with this one.


You will need peanut butter, a small onion, diced tomato in tomato paste, butter, and chicken. 

You will see out there all kinds of recipes that use all sorts of ingredients, like ginger, soy sauce, and coconut milk.

While these recipes might be delicious, this recipe, in particular, won my heart by using simple ingredients that most people have in their kitchens.

Keep in mind that the recipe works with any chicken parts, and you can also adapt the recipe based on how fast you want to make the dish. 

If you have only raw chicken, cook it first. If you have leftover chicken, roasted or boiled, it works as well, and it will save you some time.

Most Americans have a jar of peanut butter in the pantry or a can of tomatoes, so this is very easy, right?

Definitely, this is an excellent dish for a quick dinner any day of the week.

Step One.

Gather the ingredients.

Peanut Butter Chicken ingredients for the recipe

Step two.

Saute chicken. The instructions are for cooking the chicken from scratch, which you will have to saute in a skillet with a little bit of oil and butter.

Melt the butter and add the oil.

butter and oil melting in the pan

This time, I used chicken breast, but I used chicken thighs or chicken drums in the past. I chopped the chicken bite-size and browned it.

You can leave the chicken in larger pieces if this is how you like it.

chicken breast cooking in a pan

Step three.

Onions. While the chicken was cooking, I chopped an onion and added it to the skillet. I also seasoned it with salt and pepper. 

chicken breast and onions cooking in a pan

Step four.

Tomatoes.  When the meat got browned and the onions soft, I added diced tomatoes in tomato sauce and mixed. 

chicken breast, onions and tomatoes cooking in a pan

Tip: You can also add tomato sauce or tomato paste instead. If you add tomato paste, add a little bit of water to create a sauce, as the tomato paste is thick and on the dry side.

peanut butter chicken cooking

Step five.

Now was the time to add some of this delicious peanut butter.

jar of peanut butter with spoon

I mixed well to combine the ingredients and coated the chicken with the creamy sauce.

adding peanut butter to the chicken

At this point, the sauce was a little bit too thick, so I added a little bit of water to it.

Remember, if you added water before, you don’t need to add more unless the sauce is really on the dry side. You want a smooth, creamy consistency for this sauce.

peanut butter chicken sauce

Simmer the chicken in peanut butter sauce on low heat for about 5 minutes.

Taste for salt and add if there is a need for it. At this point, you are ready to serve it.  I mean, how easy is that?

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe- final picture

How do I serve this peanut butter sauce with chicken?

Serve it over cooked rice. Plain, for an easy meal.

I used in the past both brown and white rice based on what I had in the pantry at the moment.

Related: Pantry Staples Checklist

You can add some cooked vegetables next to the rice and chicken. Broccoli works well if you ask me. 

More chicken recipes to love:

Chicken Marbella

Chicken Stewed in Tomato Garlic and Cinnamon- Kota Kapama

Easy No Breaded Fried Chicken Thighs

Acorn Squash With Chicken & Fennel

As a dessert, you can quickly make these cookies, which are also naturally gluten-free.


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Yield: 4 servings

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

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This peanut butter chicken recipe is inspired from the African cuisine. The recipe works with any kind of chicken. If you have only raw chicken, fry it first. If you have left over chicken, roasted or just cooked, works perfect too as it will save some time. It is an excellent dish for a quick dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 big chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes in tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup hot water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. If you make the recipe with raw chicken:
  2. Melt butter in the pan. Add the oil.Copy of butter and oil melting in the pan
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it in the pan. Fry it both sides until golden brown. You can also chopped it if you prefer it this way.Easy Peanut Butter Chicken2 1 1
  4. Add the chopped onion and saute it until soft and translucent.Easy Peanut Butter Chicken4 1
  5. Add the diced tomatoes in tomato sauce.Easy Peanut Butter Chicken5 1
  6. Add the peanut butter to the pan. Mix well to coat the chicken.Easy Peanut Butter Chicken7 1
  7. Add hot water and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.Easy Peanut Butter Chicken8 1
  8. Lower heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
  9. Taste for salt and pepper.
  10. Serve over cooked rice.Easy Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe4


If you make the dish with already cooked chicken:

  • Melt butter in the pan. Add the oil and the chopped onion and saute it until soft.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the pieces of cooked chicken.
  • Stir in the peanut butter to the pan.
  • Add hot water and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Lower heat to a simmer for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Taste for salt and pepper.
  • Serve over cooked rice.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 362mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

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Thursday 5th of August 2021

Thanks! This was very easy and tasty and I also really appreciate how concise and too the point the instructions were!

Mary H

Sunday 20th of December 2020

I made a spicy version tossing the chicken with Tabasco sauce before cooking and adding thyme and nutmeg to the sauce. We call it African Chicken.

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