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Chicken in Spicy Peanut Sauce with Ginger Rice

peanut butter chicken
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 mins
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (olive oil is fine, too)
  • 8 chicken thighs (skinless, or use 2 large chicken beasts cut into cubes)
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 8 tablespoons peanut butter (I usually make these very generous tablespoons)
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (omit to remove spiciness - add more if you like it really spicy)
  • .5 teaspoons cayenne pepper (omit this if you don't want it very spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • .5 teaspoons pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter (oil will work here)
  • 2.25 cups water
  1. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large skillet over medium heat
  2. Add chicken plus salt and pepper to taste
    While chicken begins to brown, make the sauce.
  3. Add the rest of the oil, 2 teaspoons of the ground ginger, soy sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, vinegar and peppers to a small saucepan over medium-low heat until peanut butter melts.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken ensuring the chicken is completely covered.
  5. Reduce chicken to low, cover skillet and simmer for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the rice.
  6. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter, white rice and 2 teaspoons of ground ginger. Cook until butter it melted. Mix together to make sure rice is coated with butter.
  7. Add 2 1/4 cups of water to the rice, turn up heat and bring to a boil.
  8. Once water is boiling, reduce heat to as lot as possible, cover and do not disturb for 15 minutes.
  9. After 15 minutes, remove rice from heat, uncover and stir. Let stand 5 minutes.
  10. Serve the chicken with sauce over rice.