Sweet and Spicy Peanut Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 26, 2023
Chicken thighs and a slow cooker— that's a marriage made in culinary heaven! Juicy and flavorful, this simple dish will make you swoon when you return home and find it ready. The filling is also excellent in lettuce wraps. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
Sweet and Spicy Peanut Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup pepper jelly
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • Optional: Hot cooked rice and lime wedges


  1. Place chicken in a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Combine broth, jelly, peanut butter, soy sauce and garlic in small bowl; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from slow cooker and cool slightly. Shred with 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker. Stir in salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle each serving with peanuts and red pepper. If desired, serve with rice and lime wedges.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Serve leftover filling in taco shells, flour tortillas or lettuce cups.
  • Recreate takeout at home and combine filling with prepared rice noodles.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 serving: 525 calories, 25g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 914mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.