Coconut Curry Peanut Chicken – Need A Hand

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Coconut Curry Peanut Chicken
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Coconut Curry Peanut Chicken

Need A Hand
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound chicken breast (about 3 small or 1.5 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 TBSP curry powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable oil
  • 2 stems cilantro with leaves
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 TBSP creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tsp fresh lime juice OR rose’s lime juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar (omit if using rose’s lime juice)


To start:

  • Empty the can of coconut milk into a small/medium bowl.
  • It likely be separated into a big chunk and some liquid.
  • Using a wooden spoon or a masher (LINK TO MEAT MASHER in glossary) combine the liquid and solid coconut milk.
  • Now take out a ¼ Cup of the combined coconut milk and place in another small bowl.
  • Mix in the peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce and brown sugar (if using Rose’s Lime Juice, skip the brown sugar).
  • Create a creamy paste.

Next steps:

  • Wash the cilantro and separate the leaves from the stems.
  • Lightly chop the leaves and set aside.
  • Chop the stems a few times but leave in bigger pieces.
  • Dice the raw chicken into one inch pieces.
  • Mix the curry powder, salt, and some fresh cracked pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Toss the diced chicken and coat in the curry powder/salt/pepper mixture.

In a large skillet/sauté pan:

  • Heat 1 TBSP vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the chicken breast and lightly brown the meat.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the remaining coconut milk and cilantro stems (the leaves will be used later).
  • Stir frequently.
  • Simmer until quite thickened and meat is cooked through.
  • Pull out the cilantro stems and serve with the peanut sauce and garnish with the cilantro leaves.


Serving suggestions:
Serve the immediately with Jasmine Rice.
Refrigerate leftovers immediately.
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Don’t need the extra help? See my “Confidence” version of the recipe.