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Simple Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe
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Simple Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

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With three kids at home and a full-time job, I always needed dinners that were extra quick and easy. This peanutty stir-fry is still a favorite after 15 years. —Cheryl Murphy, Delta, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; stir-fry 4-6 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.
  2. In same skillet, heat remaining oil. Add pepper; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic and ginger; cook 1 minute longer. Add salsa, peanut butter and soy sauce; stir until peanut butter is blended. Stir in chicken; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Simple Chicken Stir-Fry in Simple & Delicious June/July 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"I've made this recipe twice now & I agree with the author, Cheryl Murphy! It is a great quick meal for busy nights! As to the flavors, yes, they are unique but my family thought it was delicious & I have one super picky son in that group! The sauce is thick, yes, but I have no issues with it & thought it more of a Thai type of meal due to the peanut butter."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Ok. Little strong on peanut butter. Thinned sauce with water."

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"After the previous 2 reviews I almost did not try this recipe; however, this was a contest winner and I thought I trust Taste of I tried it. My family liked this recipe, they thought it was different but tasty. I found the sauce to be quite thick (just a personal preference to have more of a soupy sauce) but the flavor is there. I marinated my chicken in soy sauce and garlic before stir frying but followed ithe receipe from there. Glad I tried it and will make it again using chicken broth to thin the sauce."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"I agree with Julia, chicken was tough and it tastes horrible"

Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"This was the worst meal I have cooked in 50 years. Four adults could not eat more than one bite. Viewers beware, this is not good!"

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