Peanut Sauce Chicken Stir-Fry

A simple, under 30 minute meal including chicken and red bell peppers tossed in a delicious peanut sauce over a bed of jasmine or white coconut rice and garnished with peanuts, cilantro, and sesame seeds. A meal the whole family will love!

A simple, under 30 minute peanut sauce chicken stir-fryWhen I go to a restaurant I take forever to order. For me to order something, a lot of consideration goes into the decision. (It’s okay, you can laugh. My husband gets a kick out of it.)

Here’s the thing – if it’s something I can make easily at home, it’s out.

If it’s something that I’m not sure I will like, it’s out. I don’t like to be disappointed by an order so I usually go for the things I know I love.

If I’ve been to the restaurant before, I usually always order the exact same thing I did the previous visit. (I know, boring, right?)

A simple, under 30 minute peanut sauce chicken stir-fry

So the husband took me to Applebee’s a few weeks ago and contrary to my “rules” for ordering at a restaurant, I tried something completely new, I tried something I was unsure of, and I tried something that was (seemingly) easy to replicate.

I was feeling pretty wild. (Cue laughs x2)

I ordered a Thai salad that had chicken tossed in a peanut sauce. I’m usually not the biggest Thai fan, I’d never tried this salad at Applebee’s, BUT I was most definitely not disappointed. The salad was awesome!

A simple, under 30 minute peanut sauce chicken stir-fry

So you may be wondering why I’m going off about a salad since this dish is clearly not a salad. But it does have chicken tossed in a peanut sauce AND it’s awesome x 2. And the salad was pretty much my inspiration for this dish. (Plus, watch out, a salad copycat coming soon!)

Also, sometimes trying new things at a restaurant makes for a super exciting experience. Yes, a lot of my world revolves around food.

A simple, under 30 minute peanut sauce chicken stir-fry

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Peanut Sauce Chicken Stir-Fry
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups jasmine (or white) rice
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk, unsweetened (separated)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (~3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 red bell peppers
Peanut Sauce
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (add in some lime zest if desired)
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water
  • Optional toppings: 1/4th bunch cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts
  1. Rinse the rice and combine the rice, coconut milk (reserve 3 tablespoons for peanut sauce), water, and salt if desired (1 teaspoon) to a large pot over medium-high heat. Occasionally stir the mixture. Once it begins to lightly boil, stop stirring, reduce the heat to low, and cover with the lid.
  2. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid.
  3. Meanwhile, cube the chicken into small pieces and combine the chicken with the oil in a large saucepan. Cook until the chicken is lightly browned.
  4. Remove the stems and seeds from the red bell peppers. Chop into small pieces. Once the chicken is mostly cooked through add in the peppers. Stir around the peppers and chicken until tender and the chicken is completely cooked through.
  5. In a blender or food processor, combine the peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, minced garlic, minced ginger root, hot sauce (if desired), brown sugar, and lime juice. Blend or process and then slowly add hot water until your desired consistency is reached. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to preference (more garlic, soy sauce, sugar, or lime if desired).
  6. Pour the peanut sauce over the completely cooked chicken and mix well. Add to the rice.
  7. If desired, pull the cilantro leaves from the stem and add to the dish. Garnish with peanuts and sesame seeds if desired.
The cook time refers to the chicken and red pepper mixture. The rice will take longer.

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Cajun Chow Mein

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  1. says

    I am SO the same! It takes me forever to order, and once I try something and like it, that is all that I will order from that restaurant forever!
    I am addicted to peanut sauce, so this easy recipe is lookin’ like dinner! Love it girl! pinned :)

  2. says

    I’m the same way as you, Chelsea…I take forever to order at restaurants, too! And the thing about it is that I usually look at the menus online before we go out to eat. My husband always pokes playful fun at more for that! :) I love this recipe! I’ve just been getting into making stir fries, so this peanut sauce sounds delicious! Pinned!

  3. says

    This dish looks sooo good. I seriously LOVE peanut sauce! I would eat this meal for dinner any night of the week! And I hear you on taking forever to order – I’m the same way! I think it is b/c we are so obsessed with food!

  4. says

    This looks awesome, Chelsea! I’m like you, I usually stick to the same things at restaurants. I’m not usually into thai food either, but this does look really good! I would totally try it. And probably love it. :) Pinned!

  5. says

    Girllll, we’re on the same page today! I have a peanut sauce dish as well, I don’t know about you but I’ve had SUCH trouble coming up with the perfect peanut sauce. I want to try yours! Oh, and that whole ordering thing? Right there with ya. I can never EVER make a decision (my husband does not get a kick out of it), and when I do it’s always something I don’t think I could make at home super easily. People like us are no fun to be with when we are disappointed by our food.

  6. says

    This looks fantastic! I have a peanut noodle dish I’m quite fond of, but I should really try peanut rice dishes as well. I definitely agree with your restaurant ordering strategy – no use ordering things I can make easily or often at home!

  7. says

    Haha I’m the same way at restaurants. Dishes that can be made at home are out. And usually I get into a rut of ordering the same thing over and over again once I find something that I really love. I’m a big fan of Thai food and this peanut sauce looks legit! YUM! And totally loving that coconut rice :)

  8. says

    Okay the universe is telling me to make some serious stir fries. Everywhere I look, I keep seeing amazing post after amazing post about stir fry, and this peanut sauce chicken stir fry has me salivating all over the place. Jk. But not really.

    I must have it! 😉

  9. says

    I love your restaurant ordering technique! I’m really picky when I eat out too. I always want to order something different, yet I do often play it safe and go with what I’ve had before. I love Thai flavors, so this dish would be a win for me! Pinning. :)

  10. says

    Ha, Chelsea…I am totally with you. I always wonder why they even put baked chicken dishes on restaurant menus because, hello? That’s like a regular weeknight dinner at home. Why would I waste a don’t-have-to-cook opportunity on that at a restaurant? 😉 At any rate, I’m glad you went out on a limb at Applebee’s because this stir fry looks amazing! I’m a sucker for peanut sauce. :)

  11. says

    This looks fantastic Chelsea! Haha I usually order the same thing whenever we eat out too. I am a big fan of peanut sauce so this dish sounds like a winner to me :)

  12. says

    haha I have a hard time ordering too. I don’t want to be disappointed but I also don’t want to order something that I make at home! It’s hard being a food blogger : ) So usually I get something I know is going to be good. I should try branching out sometime… This chicken stir-fry looks so good! I love making stir-fry at home!

  13. jen says

    I just made this with green peppers, carrots, tofu, scallions, bamboo shoots. It’s soo delicious! Thanks for sharing this treat!

  14. Lindsay C says

    This was so good! Next time I might double the recipe to have leftovers for lunch (my boyfriend eats 3 regular person servings in one sitting, so we didn’t have much leftover!). I adore peanut sauce and love how easy it is to make your own! I would probably put peanut sauce on anything and everything if I could.

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