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Chicken in Coconut Peanut Sauce

My youngest son has been out of the country for several years teaching English. When he returned to the United States, I made this home-cooked meal for him that combined Asian and American cuisine. He loved it! —Sheila Suhan, Scottdale, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • Minced fresh cilantro
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, whisk coconut milk and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in tomatoes, onion, peppers, brown sugar, garlic and seasonings. Add chicken; cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender. Stir before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro; if desired, serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
2 chicken thighs with 1 cup sauce: 559 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 50g protein.

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  • jshenk
    Apr 14, 2020

    No comment left

  • Psalm127-3
    Jan 8, 2018

    new still in box crockpot&this recipe seems like we'd love it. many have said bland or blah but I don't like anything too/real spicy . I'm going to make this and I will report back. if it's blah (to us) I'll say so.

  • wingsnutoo
    Sep 27, 2016

    I made this dish as written, wanting to give an honest review of this recipe as it is written. It looked good but to me has no flavor. My boy asked for the Siracha to give it flavor and spice. This is a great dish for those that want, different but not spicy.

  • Debglass11
    Sep 27, 2016

    Made this dish yesterday and everyone enjoyed it! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead and cooked on low for 4 hours. Added some diced chipotle in adobo to the sauce and also used pickled sliced jalapenos since I didn't have fresh ones. The sauce did need a little "help" at the end, so I added a bit of kosher salt and a little more coconut milk. The chicken was tender and the sauce was spicy and yummy. Next time, I will add some ginger and soy sauce as one of the reviewers did, to punch up the flavor even more!

  • deb9962
    Sep 25, 2016

    This was a new & different dish. It was fun to try something new. I loved the sauce before it was cooked, but it lost its pizzazz after it cooked. I'd add some chili powder &/or ginger to try to jazz it up a bit

  • sgronholz
    Sep 25, 2016

    Although this recipe is actually a slow cooker recipe, my work schedule does not allow me to cook something in my slow cooker for "only" 5-6 hours. I decided to try it as a skillet supper and that worked great! I cut the recipe in half for the two of us and used chicken breasts instead of thighs. (Our preference.) I browned the chicken in my skillet along with the onions and peppers, then added the remaining ingredients. To punch up the flavor a bit, I added 1 tsp. of fresh grated ginger, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. soy sauce, and 1/4 tsp. chipotle chile. Yum! Supper was ready in a little under an hour and we both enjoyed this Thai-inspired meal. I will definitely be making it again! :)

  • annrms
    Sep 24, 2016

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!! I made several changes to this recipe. Firstly, I used 8 bone-in chicken thighs. I kept the amounts of the sauce ingredients, but I kept the seeds in the jalapenos because we really enjoy spicy food. Lastly, I cooked the whole mixture on low for only 4 hours...took the temperature and all pieces registered above 165 degrees. I removed the chicken from the sauce, cooled it, and boned it. Added the meat back into the sauce. I served each carefully rewarmed serving with some steamed broccoli and some homemade black rice a roni. I garnished it with minced fresh parsley instead of cilantro.The chicken was moist and tender. The sauce was zippy spicy but not outrageously so. The sides completed this delicious dish.I had 12 ounces of coconut milk left so I poured it into ice cube trays and when frozen, I put the cubes into a freezer bag.

  • mrs._white
    Sep 20, 2016

    The chicken lost some of its umph in cooking. It turned out slightly dry and bland.

  • Jimskid4
    Sep 18, 2016

    I followed this recipe exactly and it was a total disappointment. Unfortunately I had to throw it out. It looked like it was going to be amazing, smelled great when it was cooking but very blah.