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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thelouws User ID: 1336762 236757
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."

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 124822
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

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

ColleenaG User ID: 1190332 121559
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."

SherryAB User ID: 7828674 127916
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

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

Julia Worthen User ID: 1346044 199842
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!"

lauramarielawson User ID: 5246360 199841
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"Very good and super easy! I used red and green peppers, and I used about 1 tsp ground ginger instead of ginger root. Even my two year old loved the sauce."

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