Thai Peanut Chicken: 3 Easy Steps

Erin Swenson, Food Blogger

Thai Peanut Chicken

Thai Peanut Chicken is a simple meal that is filling and delicious. As a one plate meal it is full of nutrients and protein.  A base of brown rice, grilled or sautéed chicken, leafy greens, and carrots all topped with a flavorful peanut sauce. 

For this Thai Peanut Chicken recipe the most time-consuming part is cooking the brown rice. Brown rice is much higher in fiber, magnesium and nutrients when compared to white rice. However, it does take about twice as long to cook.  It has a much richer flavor than white rice and more texture as well.

If you find that you are in a rush and don’t have time to cook brown rice, you can substitute white rice. Other options would be to cook the brown rice ahead of time and reheat it. Many stores also sell microwave versions of brown rice that only take a few minutes to cook, or quick brown rice.

For the chicken in this recipe use boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders. You can either grill them with salt and pepper or cut them into small pieces and sauté them in a wok or skillet. Canned chicken can also be used if you are in a rush.

The types of greens that you choose can really increase or decrease the nutrient density of this recipe. Power greens are a great choice and can be bought pre-washed and ready to use. They usually contain a blend of kale, spinach, chard, and beet greens. This combination of greens increases calcium, iron, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Romaine lettuce is also a good option. Remember that the darker the greens the higher the nutrient content!

Carrots in this Thai peanut chicken recipe provide vitamin A, calcium, fiber, iron, biotin, vitamin K, potassium, and more. Prepackaged matchstick carrots work great and make meal prep fast and easy. Carrots can also be grated or sliced according to preference.

Thai peanut sauce can be made in about 10 minutes. For the sauce you will need Coconut Aminos. The original version of this recipe used soy sauce which is high in sodium. Coconut Aminos are a lower sodium option to soy sauce. Aloha brand low sodium soy sauce contains 620 mg of sodium per tablespoon. Trader Joe’s brand Coconut Aminos contains 200 mg per tablespoon, less than 1/3 the amount of sodium. Other brands of aminos may contain more sodium, so be sure to check the labels and get the one with the lowest amount.

This reduced sodium is great for individuals who are trying to follow the DASH diet and those trying to improve their health overall.  Along with the aminos you will also need peanut butter (for this recipe I prefer creamy, but crunchy works too), 2 cloves garlic minced, chili powder, sliced green onions, oil (I prefer peanut oil for this recipe, but regular vegetable oil works too), sugar, and lime juice (this can be fresh or from a bottle).

·        Mix coconut aminos, peanut butter, minced garlic, chili powder, sliced green onions, oil, lime juice, and sugar in a saucepan. Whisking occasionally, heat over medium to medium low heat for 5-10 minutes until it starts to thicken. Drizzle over rice, chicken, greens, and carrots. Enjoy!

Thai Peanut Chicken

Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

Servings: 8 Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 5-10 Minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ½ Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons sliced Green Onions
  • ¼ cup Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar 
  • 4 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • 3 Large Chicken Breasts Cooked and sliced
  • 4 cups Greens
  • 1 cup matchstick cut carrots

Instructions:

  1. Mix coconut aminos, peanut butter, minced garlic, chili powder, sliced green onions, oil, lime juice, and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Whisking occasionally, heat over medium to medium low heat for 5-10 minutes until it starts to thicken.
  3. Drizzle over rice, chicken, greens, and carrots.

Note: I originally got this recipe from a friend who got it from another friend and no one seems to know where the original recipe came from. As mentioned earlier, the original called for soy sauce instead of coconut aminos. If you don’t have coconut aminos you can always use soy sauce instead. I prefer Aloha brand low sodium soy sauce. It has a more mild flavor than other brands. For the sauce a little bit goes a long way!

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