Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

Naming butter chicken tantalizes our taste buds, but I am here with something more special. I don’t want you to make and eat the same chicken again and again. I always prefer a dish that is not only delicious but also unique and healthy as well. Today I want to share a  Chinese chicken dish recipe.  It’s the Chinese peanut butter chicken recipe. 

This dish doesn’t need lots of spices like desi-style butter chicken; only a few must spice, that’s why it’s called a Chinese dish. Making the Chinese peanut butter chicken was very easy, but I just couldn’t get in hand the perfect taste in the first few tries. Then I thought of doing some tricks, so I did a lot of research and experiment, and it worked. 

In this article, I will share the Chinese peanut butter chicken recipe and some tips and tricks from my own experience. So let’s not wait anymore and jump to know the easy-to-follow Chinese peanut butter chicken recipe.

Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

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Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral Cuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Medium


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Whether you’re in the mood for a quick and easy meal or want to whip up a healthy meal for your family, the Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken recipe is sure to satisfy you. Aside from being delicious and easy to make, this dish is also healthy, thanks to the inclusion of peanut butter. A few more secret ingredints are there, like ginger root, lime leaves, etc. Let’s explore the ingredients list and the full recipe in a few steps.


  • 8 Chicken drumsticks

  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter 

  • 3 spring onions

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1cm ginger root

  • Handful  fresh coriander

  • 4 lime leaves

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1-litre chicken stock

  • 2tablespoon of vegetable oil

how to make Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken

  •  Preparation: Take the ginger and garlic, chop them and keep aside. Roughly chop the spring onions and coriander, and keep aside. Now take the chicken pieces and cut them into bike size pieces. Take half cup of peanut and grind them to make a smooth paste or use store bought peanut butter.
  • Fry The Seasoning: Turn on the stove, put a nonstick pan and set it on medium high flame. Now add 2 tablespoons of oil, let it heat, add the chopped garlic and ginger saute for a minute.
    Fry The Seasoning
  • Add The Chicken: Add the chicken pieces and fry for 2 minutes. Make sure you have fried the chicken pieces on both sides, and don’t burn them, keep stirring and fry. 
    Add The Chicken
  • Add The Masala: It’s time to add the masala, turmeric, chilli powder, and paprika one by one. Give it a stir and combine with the chicken finely. Fry for another two minutes.
    Add The Masala
  • Add Peanut Butter: Next add the peanut butter, stir continually to mix with other ingredients. Stir continuously until oil leaves the chicken. Now add the chicken stock and stir to mix.
    Add Peanut Butter
  •  Cook The Chicken: Cover and cook the chicken on medium heat until it simmer. Once it’s boiling, add the lime leaves, cover again and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and sugar as per taste, and cook for another five minutes. Remove the lime leaves and add the chopped onion springs and coriander. Cover and cook for a minute and turn off the stove. 
    Cook The Chicken
  •  Serve: Take out the chicken and let it cool down. Transfer it into small bowls as per need and serve with rice, chapati or anything you want. You can sprinkle some fresh coriander for garnishing.

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Why Should You Try Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken

There are a lot of good chicken recipes out there, but ChinesePeanut Butter Chicken is something different, you should try. You can serve it as an appetizer or main course, depending on your preferences.

Plus, it is a delicious and healthy way to cook chicken that is sure to please. And it is a good source of protein and healthy fats, which make it an excellent choice for people who want to boost their calorie intake without adding too many extra carbs.

Additionally, this dish is packed full of vitamins and minerals that can help improve your health in various ways. Some major contributors include protein, calcium, zinc, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and magnesium.

And last but not least? It tastes amazing! Whether cooking it at home or ordering it from a restaurant, Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken will definitely delight your taste buds.

How To Store Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken

You can’t store peanut butter chicken for later use or store it in frozen condition. But you can store cooked peanut butter chicken for upto two days. Transfer the chicken into an air-sealed container, cover the lid tightly and keep it in the refrigerator. When you want to eat or serve it, take it out and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes, reheat it in high heated pan and enjoy.

Tips And Tricks

  • Don’t skip or replace ginger root with ginger. Ginger root takes the peanut butter chicken to another level.
  • Don’t add too much masala than I have mentioned above and anything else that is not added to the ingredients list. Remember, it’s a Chinese dish that won’t be a spicy masala chicken but a sweet and savory chicken. 
  • You can use grated jaggery instead of sugar, or honey will also work, whatever you like. As it’s a Chinese dish, I love the jaggery flavor.

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Chinese Peanut Butter Chicken is a mouth-watering dish that will please any food lover. This recipe combines tender chicken with peanut butter’s sticky, creamy goodness. A simple chicken dish turns into a fantastic dish that everyone will wow just by adding peanut butter. The peanut butter and chicken combination may seem a little odd, but the taste is so delicious that you can’t even imagine it. 

You can cook it up quickly and enjoy a healthy meal you feel good about. Just grab the listed ingredients and get ready to start; you will finish before an hour and can enjoy the sweet and savory peanut butter chicken flavors.

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