Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe
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Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

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Alabama is well known for growing peanuts…in fact, our state hosts the National Peanut Festival each year. Peanut butter stars in this recipe, making a tasty sauce for the tender chicken. Don’t let the unusual combination of ingredients—tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic and onion with the peanut butter—keep you from trying it. My family loves it!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 pounds), cut up
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on all sides; remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  3. In the drippings, saute onion and garlic until tender. Add the tomato sauce, water, peanut butter, sugar, vinegar and chili powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Return chicken to the pan; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  4. Remove chicken and keep warm. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Peanutty Chicken in Country Extra March 2006, p51

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Clark.S User ID: 7756542 219561
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"My whole family liked this meal! The combination of ingredients is a little weird, but the chicken turned out to be delicious."

FoodFlav User ID: 7978565 63258
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"Oh my goodness I?m so jealous! It looked Amazing!!! Can't wait to make it :)"

arladanielle User ID: 7201796 207792
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"My kids love this! Definitely has an Asian twist which we love."

Italianbella9678 User ID: 7146816 139503
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"I loved it - easy to make?my boyfriend and one of my best friends loved it"

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