This easy peanut butter chicken recipe is so good! Boneless chicken breasts are drenched in a rich and creamy peanut butter sauce and slow-cooked to perfection.
Easy recipes like this are the best, especially when it's a filling and delicious meal! If you love your slow cooker as much as we do, you might also like this chipotle chicken stew recipe for another easy meal idea.
What you will love about this recipe
- Easy! It's made with simple ingredients. There is very little prep time to make this recipe; perfect for busy weeknights.
- Flavor! This chicken is packed with flavor!
- Versatile! This is a great recipe that has many options, perfect for meal prep.
Here is what you will need
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- Peanut sauce (here's the recipe for easy peanut sauce)
- Lime juice
- Water, chicken broth or chicken stock
How to make this easy peanut butter chicken recipe
Prepare: Make the creamy peanut butter sauce, and squeeze the lime juice. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel.
Step 1. Brown the chicken
Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Once the skillet is hot, reduce it to medium-high heat and add the raw chicken breasts. Cook until they are golden brown on the outside (about 3 minutes on each side).
Step 2. Place ingredients in a slow cooker
Add the peanut butter sauce, water, and lime juice to the slow cooker, and mix them together. Add the chicken pieces and turn them a few times to coat them in the sauce. Cover and cook for 3 ½ hours on low.
NOTE: If the sauce is too thick, gradually add water, broth or coconut milk to thin it out. If it's too thin, gradually add natural peanut butter for texture.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Boneless chicken breasts - These can be substituted with boneless skinless chicken thighs or you can use a combination of both.
Peanut Sauce - Even though my homemade creamy peanut sauce takes minutes to make, you can substitute it with a packaged peanut sauce if you don't have the ingredients.
If you use a packaged sauce, you can make it taste fresher by adding a tablespoon of natural creamy peanut butter for a rich peanut sauce.
Water - Chicken releases a lot of liquid during cooking and I've found that water along with the juices from the chicken adds enough flavor without using broth. If you prefer chicken broth or stock, it can easily replace the water.
Serve this flavorful dish garnished with chopped peanuts and green onions.
Great options for side dishes are rice noodles, jasmine rice, steamed brown rice, white rice, rice or cauliflower rice and stir-fried vegetables, green beans, or a zucchini ribbon salad.
This peanut sauce chicken recipe takes little time to prepare, but to make it even quicker, mix the peanut sauce together a few days ahead of time.
Browning the meat ahead of time is not recommended for food safety reasons.
How to store and use leftovers
Store leftover peanut butter chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat it on top of the stove or in the microwave.
Leftover peanut butter chicken tastes great leftover in a salad or stuffed into a tortilla with a side of spicy mango salsa.
Spicy - This recipe is a little bit spicy. If you prefer more heat add ½ teaspoon or more to your taste of sriracha sauce or red pepper flakes.
Add Veggies - For a complete meal, stir in chopped veggies such as red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms or snow peas about 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
Vegetarian - Replace chicken with a block of cooked tofu.
- For best results when browning the meat in the skillet, the skillet should be hot and excess moisture should be removed from the chicken before adding it to the skillet.
Yes, it can. Once the chicken is browned on top of the stove, add the peanut sauce. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to low and simmer for an hour or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees f.
No, it is not necessary, but this step helps to lock in moisture, add a little more flavor, and speeds up the cooking time. If you don't brown the chicken before slow cooking, add another 30 minutes of cooking time.
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Click on serving size to scale this recipe
- ½ pound boneless chicken breast
- ⅔ cup peanut sauce
- ½ cup water or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Heat the oil on top of the stove in a skillet over high heat. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Add them to the skillet and cook until they begin to turn golden brown on each side (approximately 3 minutes).
- Add the peanut butter sauce, water and lime juice to the slow cooker and mix them together. Add the chicken breasts and turn them over a few times in the sauce making sure they are coated.
- Cover and cook on low heat fo3 ½ hours.
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I love how easy and delicious this was to make. I added a little bit of soy sauce and it was so good.
Thank you Mary, I'm glad you liked it!
What is peanut sauce. How do you make it or purchase it/
Hi Pat, Peanut sauce is a sauce that's made with peanut butter and soy sauce. There is a link to a recipe in the post and you can also buy it in the Asian food section of your supermarket.