Peanut Butter Chicken Skillet

This peanut butter chicken skillet is a super easy one pot meal. It is naturally dairy free and gluten free and the combination of the spices, chicken, and peanut butter make for a hearty, fulfilling dish. It takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish for a dinner that the whole family will love!

  • Author: bailey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free


For the Chicken:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced into 11.5 inch pieces
  • 1/2 diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Optional: 1 sliced red pepper

For the Sauce:

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch or flour
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free fish sauce (or regular depending on what you’re going for)
  • 2 teaspoons chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (can substitute 1/4 cup honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • Optional: red jalapeno, more cilantro, diced green onion, lime wedges to garnish


  1. Add the garlic powder, ginger, turmeric and pepper to a large bowl and mix to combine. Then add in the diced chicken and toss to evenly coat
  2. Add the sauce ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk together until all combined well and set aside
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the chicken and onions and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes. Then pour in the prepared sauce and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened a bit, then mix in the peanut butter until fully incorporated and melted into the sauce.
  5. Top with chopped peanuts and cilantro, and any additional garnishes


Add the sliced red pepper if using during step 3 when you add in the sauce.

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