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Thai peanut chicken stir fry is an Asian inspired recipe that is loaded with so much flavor and color! The thai peanut sauce is rich and delicious and it’s easy to customize the recipe based on whatever vegetables you have on hand. You can even make the dish vegetarian by swapping the chicken for tofu and then serve it over brown rice, noodles or quinoa.
This recipe is from the Well Plated Cookbook. According to Erin, this is the recipe that got her married! Yup, that’s how good it is! She says “the peanut sauce is rich, sassy, and filled with layers of sweet and spicy flavor”. The whole book is filled with over 100 budget-friendly, healthy and approachable recipes like this one with tons of dinner ideas!
Ingredients for making the stir fry
For the sauce:
- Peanut butter: Use a creamy smooth peanut butter for the base of the sauce.
- Honey: Honey adds a great sweetness to balance out the salty flavors.
- Soy sauce: I like to use a low sodium soy sauce. If you are gluten free you can use Tamari.
- Thai red curry paste: For that unmistakable Thai flavor. Use your favorite brand.
- Rice vinegar: The acidity helps to cut through the other flavors for a tangy sauce.
- Ginger and garlic: Use freshly minced for the best flavors.
- Red pepper flakes: For some added heat. You can adjust the amount depending on how spicy you like things.
For the stir fry:
- Olive oil: For cooking.
- Onion: I used a yellow onion, but white will also work if that’s what you have.
- Chicken: Use boneless and skinless chicken breasts, organic if you are able.
- Vegetables: Use vegetables of choice; I used napa cabbage, mushrooms, peppers, sugar snap peas and broccoli.
- Dry roasted peanuts: For a great crunchy texture.
- Cilantro: For freshness. You can use parsley if you don’t like the taste of cilantro.
How to make the Thai stir fry
Make the peanut sauce
Whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce until combined and set to one side.
Stir fry the vegetables and chicken
- Cook the onion until it starts to soften and add in the chicken.
- Cook the chicken until fully cooked through and remove from the pan.
- Add in the vegetables and cook until tender.
- Add the chicken back to the pan.
- Pour over the peanut sauce.
- Toss to coat and heat through.
Tips for making chicken stir fry
- Save time by using package of frozen stir fry vegetables. Thaw and pat the vegetables dry, then add them to the recipe as directed. They won’t be as crisp as fresh vegetables but they’ll cut the recipe prep time in half.
- Chop vegetables similar in size so they cook evenly. This is a great way to clean out the fridge with different vegetables you have on hand.
- Be mindful of vegetables that don’t need as much cooking time. You can be safe to throw everything that I used in the recipe for 3-4 minutes. However, you can also add vegetables like cabbage, peppers and mushrooms first and keep items like broccoli and sugar snap peas last so they stay crisp and green.
- Make sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through before moving it out of the pan. Once the chicken is added back in, it just needs to be warmed through so that the vegetables don’t overcook.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can make this with chicken thighs if you prefer. Just be aware that they will require an extra couple of minutes of cooking time to cook them through.
Because this is so quick to make, I will serve this as soon as it’s made. You can cook the chicken ahead of time and chop up the veggies so that everything is ready to be cooked. The peanut sauce will keep covered in the fridge for a couple of days.
Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 4 days and can be reheated on the stovetop.
Yes, you can easily make this vegan friendly. Use tofu in place of the chicken and swap the honey for maple syrup.
More stir fry recipes to try:
More easy chicken recipes:
- Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken
- Chicken Taco Cups
- How to Make Chicken Stock
- Oven Baked Chicken Breast
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
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Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry
For the Sauce
For the Stir Fry
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced (about 1½ cups)
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs cut into ½- inch dice
- 6 cups chopped vegetables of choice I used napa cabbage, mushrooms, peppers, sugar snap peas and broccoli
- ½ cup dry-roasted peanuts roughly chopped
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Prepared brown rice for serving
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients: peanut butter, water, honey, soy sauce, red curry paste, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper ﬂakes until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large wok or deep, large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium- high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken and sauté, stirring occasionally, until fully cooked through and the juices run clear, about 4 minutes. Remove the chicken and onion from the skillet and set aside.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, then the mixed vegetables. Sauté until the vegetables are crisp- tender, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the vegetables selected.
- Return the chicken and onion to the skillet. Add the reserved peanut sauce. Toss to coat evenly, and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the peanuts and cilantro. Serve hot over rice, topped with additional chopped peanuts and cilantro as desired.