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Quick, Easy and Delicious--Peanut Butter Chicken

Updated on July 30, 2017
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I was a registered nurse for 25+ years. Working mainly in the operating room, I've been everything from staff nurse to Director of Nursing.

6 Common Ingredients, Fast and Easy

I made this recipe up in the early 1990's. People would always say, "Yuck! Peanut butter and chicken". Until they tasted it, that is. One taste and they would beg for the recipe. Many people after they taste it call it a "Thai" chicken. Maybe I should change it's name. Even now people say, "yuck! Peanut butter and chicken". But I once had a co-worker call me from Germany to ask for this recipe.

This is a wonderful dish to make when you have some unexpected company. There is minimal prep time and the results are loved by both adults and children. All you do is put the chicken in a pan, mix the other ingredients together, pour over the chicken and put it in the oven.

Yes, It's That Easy!

This dish is so easy to make that you will have time to pick up the house, shower and dress for dinner before that unexpected company arrives. The results are fabulous. I always make this with rice and a salad or vegetable. Your company (or family) will think you slaved for hours to make something that tastes so good!

My son insists on having this dish for his birthday every year.  I have made it for potlucks and it is always a favorite.  I cube the chicken when I make it for potlucks.  You can make it and put it in a crockpot on low to keep it warm.  Just remember to stir it at least every hour.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 4 servings

Please Rate this Recipe

5 stars from 1 rating of Peanut Butter Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 Cups Fat-Free Italian Dressing, Your Favorite Kind
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Peanut Butter, Creamy or Chunky
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, To Taste
  • 4 each Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, or Thighs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Put the chicken in a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  3. Mix first 5 ingredients together. Mix well to make a smooth sauce.
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  5. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Additional Tips

The reason I use fat-free italian dressing is because there is a lot of fat in peanut butter.

The amount of crushed red pepper you add will depend on how spicy you like your food. I usually use the full teaspoon, and my children love it. When they were younger they would complain about it being too spicy if I put more than 1/2 teaspoon in.

You can make this with frozen chicken breast also, just increase the baking time to 1 hour.

You can substitute a pound of tofu for the chicken.

You can mix the sauce with cooked rice to make a tasty side dish.

© 2009 Kari Poulsen

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      Kari Poulsen 2 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks Peggy! This is one of the best recipes I ever made up by not having anything on hand, lol

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds interesting and good. I see from the comments that others have tried it and also like it. My hubby usually makes his own dressings so will probably use that instead. Nice to know of easy and quick recipes like this that are good. Thanks!

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      Kari Poulsen 2 years ago from Ohio

      Italian dressing is about the same as vinagarette. Oil, Vinegar, spice...I have a recipe for this without chicken or italian dressing...I will look for it to help me translate. :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Peanut butter chicken..Pretty different. Sounds good though.

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      Kristina 5 years ago

      Just finished making and eating this! It was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing.

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      alexis 5 years ago

      going to make it for supper tonight!

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      Chris 5 years ago

      It's in the oven now! I bet it's delicious!!! Thanks for posting :)

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      Catherine 5 years ago

      I made this the other day - and it was wonderful! skipped the red pepper and used splenda instead of sugar. chicken was very tender! a definate keeper.

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      Debbie 6 years ago

      Wow. Delicious! I thought I had Italian Dressing but did not so I sub'd Ken's Asian Sesame Ginger and it worked out great. I'll try it with Italian next time. My family just loved it. I was asked to eliminate the rep pepper (1/2 tsp), though. I'll be making it for my club's holiday party in 2 weeks also. THANKS!

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      Yaz 6 years ago

      Hi, I'm british but really want to try the recipie, things is i have no idea what italian dressing is..... im not sure you can buy it here.... is there a substitute? x

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      delmer47 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Wow this is a very interesting recipe.....always looking for different recipes for chicken! Voted up!

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      saif113sb 6 years ago

      very interesting hub. thanks

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      Meggers  6 years ago

      I'm 15 and making this for supper tonight, it smells GREAT. (:

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      Nick 6 years ago

      I was craving some peanut butter chicken that I've only had at restaurants. I found your recipe and it was just as good if not better! Put it in my cookbook as soon as I had my first bite. Thanks!

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      Bryan 6 years ago

      Hey K@ri, what can I use to replace the Italian dressing? I've got some fat-free yoghurt. Would that be okay?

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      Kari Poulsen 6 years ago from Ohio

      Maki, I'm really glad you liked it as much as I do! I once substituted dried (yes dried!) peanut butter. It was 97% fat free. I could not tell the difference. This one seems to allow a bit a leniency and still gets great results. Thanks! :D

      d bag, LOLOLOL! You must be a dad... :D

      Mamamakingitwork, Wonderful! That has always been one of my favorite reasons for making this dish. Kids LOVE it! Thanks for letting us know! :D

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      Mamamakingitwork 7 years ago

      That was AWESOME!!! The kiddos ate seconds... and we will DEFINITELY be making it again. I have already recommended it to friends!

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      d bag 7 years ago

      yeah...its your dads

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      Maki  7 years ago

      This is one of the best internet chicken recipes I've ever found!!! I couldn't stop eating :)! I didn't have ready Italian dressing, so I made it myself and it was great. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe :)! I am definitely going to cook it for my guests.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      oliversmum, I hope you both liked it! :D

      JGUnwired, Your way sounds healthier and fabulous!

      SparkleGirl, I'm glad you liked it and found it easy to make. I'm sure it would be just as good with honey or splenda! Happy Cooking

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      SparkleGirl 7 years ago

      I just made this dish tonight and it was great! I think next time I make it, I will substitute honey for sugar or maybe even try splenda. Thanks for this recipe! It will be in my recipe book now. It was so easy and yummy!

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      JGUnwired 7 years ago

      I saw this recipe and decided to go for it. However, instead of peanut butter, I used Almond Butter. Instead of the Italian dressing I used one cup of olive oil and one third cup of rice vinegar. Finally, instead of sugar, I used honey. I went for the full amount of crushed red pepper!

      Basically, its the same recipe but I made the substitutes based on what I had on hand and not wanting to use refined sugar.

      It was AWESOME. Thanks for sharing.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      This sounds like a delicious and easy meal,Iam going to try it tonight.My partner loves Peanut Butter.Thank you. :) :)

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Doreen, Good safety point!

      The Rope, I hope you love it as much as my family!

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      The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

      Yummmm! I can't wait to try it. :) :) :) Did you get your dad's permission to share it?

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      Doreen 7 years ago

      Make sure you label this that it contains peanuts. I brought some home from a wedding Saturday and my son ate it and ended up in the hospital. We had no idea that it had peanut butter sauce and he's deathly allergic to peanuts. Label your food!!!

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      mpurcell10, I hope it came out well and you and your son liked it as much as my family does! Thanks! :D

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      This definitely sounds original.

      Can't wait to try it my son said he is making it tomorrow night.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      gonnawantseconds, I hope you like it as much as I do! My son requests this for dinner every year for his birthday. Thanks! :D

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      gonnawantseconds 8 years ago

      I love recipes like this. Quick and easy and perfect for those busy days. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try this.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Born2Worship, That's what I love about this dish...delicious and easy. It's the best combination for dinner! Thanks! :D

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      Born2Worship 8 years ago

      Had all the ingredients so I threw this together for dinner tonight. 20 minutes to prep, 45 minutes to cook and OH MY GOSH. It was delicious! I used cubed breast tenders and served with rice and broccoli. Incredible dinner!! Thanks so much for sharing k@ri!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      nmgreeneyedgirl, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family. :D

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      nmgreeneyedgirl21 8 years ago

      i will have to try this love chicken meals!!!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      ness, Thanks for the comment, and I really hope your son loves it as much as mine does! Everytime I ask my son what he wants for dinner, he tells me Peanut Butter Chicken. We always have it for his birthday meal. :D

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      ness 8 years ago

      I asked my son what kind of chicken he would like for dinner and he replied "peanut butter chicken". I really did not think I would find a recipe for peanut butter w/ chicken. And your recipe seems so easy. My kind of cooking. Thank you.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      KCC, some of the people who have loved this recipe the most hated the thought of peanut butter and chicken! Yes, it's kind of like those commercials. You just have to try it before you judge it! Try it you'll like it! I hope you enjoy it! Let me know.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I find the idea of chicken and peanut butter absolutely revolting. LOL.....but funny enough, I can't wait to try it! I'll report back.

      Makes me think of the old Reese's commercials. "You got your chicken in my peanut butter"...."you got your peanut butter in my chicken".....LOL

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      jim, Thanks for letting me know. I have not tried over 1 tsp with my kids...they don't like it that spicy (yet). I'm very glad to know your's ate it. Mine would also prefer crispy, but I don't often fry for them. I've never tried shake and bake for chicken...maybe I should! :D

      Lgali, It's very easy and very good! You should try it, you may like it. :))

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      wow mouth waters just thinking about it nice hub

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      My wife and I loved it. My kids are pretty picky they often change their mind about what they like each time they sit down at the table. They all ate it. The baby seemed to like it as much as us. The others said it was just ok and they would eat it again if I made it. They seem to only really like chicken when it is crispy like fried or made with shake and bake. I probably used 2 teaspoons of red pepper. We like things spicy around here. Although my oldest might like it better if add more red pepper. He often covers up the taste of my fettuccini alfredo with tons of cayenne pepper. I add some but, I still like to taste the cheese.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi jim! Thank you so much for letting me know! Do your kids like it as much as mine? How much red pepper do you put in? Thanks again! (Nosy, aren't I :D)

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      I made this a few weeks ago and it came out great. I think I will make it again tonight. thanks for the recipe.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      G-Ma, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I really appreciate you coming back to let me know! I hope the kids like it also. HUGS back!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      OMG K@ri that was so good...the kids are coming this week-end and I think I shall fix it for them...yums...and I had some left over and it is even good cold...G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      mamakaren, Sorry I missed you! I was out to PetSmart with the kids and Hana. Thanks for stopping by!

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      mamakaren 8 years ago

      Yum! My mouth waters just thinking about it!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      G-Ma, Hugs to you too! Hope you enjoy dinner.

      Laughing Mom, Hey, the recipe ranks right up there :D

      Patty, Thanks! I never realized she had an animal park. Maybe it is, I got the picture from Photobucket. It's a beautiful animal!

      You are welcome, also, Princessa. I love taking part in HubMob!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      You are welcome k@ri , thank YOU for taking part and sharing one of your favourite recipes :)

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      This makes my mouth water! I love your avatar as well - reminds me a little of Teri Irwin's own cougar when she had her animal park in Oregon. A lovely memory as well. Many Thumbs Up!

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      This is going on the menu for Monday.

      You're a nut, k@ri. You and your dad love mom, God, country and this recipe. Ha Ha!!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      K@ri...I have the chicken and all the ingrd. so it will my dinner tonight...sounds yummy...Thanks sweetie..copy and pasted it into my folder of GOOD recipes...Have a good day G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Princessa! I want to thank you for choosing recipes for the HubMob! I have read soooo many delicious recipes! It is going to be fun finding my family's new favorites. :D

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      I love it, so easy to make! looks like the perfect dish for a dinner party as it leaves plenty of time to spend getting ready and enjoying your guest's company.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Tony, Just make it for her and wait until after she tastes it to tell her there is peanut butter in it. That's how I made believers out of many people! Good Luck :)

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Will try this one soonest - just have to persuade my wife who doesn't believe that peanut butter and chicken could ever taste great!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Silver Freak, Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it.

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      Silver Freak 8 years ago from The state of confusion

      What an innovative way to make chicken - just a bit different from what every one is used to! I think I need to make some soon!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Sandman! My family loves this, I hope you do also.

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      TheSandman 8 years ago

      That sound wonderful, and I am going to try it.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Teresa! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Well, I don't care whether it was you or your father who came up with this one: I'm having it for Sunday dinner tomorrow -- it sounds great. With the full teaspoon of red pepper, too. Thanks!