Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken

If I had to pick my all time favorite food, it would be peanut butter (although cheese is a very close second).   I love peanut butter sandwiches, cookies, bars, on apples, plain, ice cream…*sigh*  I could go on and on.

So one day when I was opening my lovely jar of peanut butter, this chicken recipe caught my eye. Peanut butter? Chicken? Mmm… I do not often stumble upon many savory peanut butter dishes, so I was eager to give this a try.

As with most of my chicken recipes for the grill, I adapted this recipe to be quick and easy - mix the marinade, put marinade and chicken in Ziploc bag, let sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, grill, eat. It’s that simple.

 
The peanut butter, soy sauce and ginger combination give this chicken dish a Thai-inspired flavor. It is really quite tasty AND another way to eat more peanut butter. Yum!

Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken
Yields 4 servings

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ginger, grated or finely chopped
1 pound chicken tenders or chicken breast  cut into 1 1/2 inch strips

  1. In a bowl, prepare the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients except the chicken.   
  2. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken.  Make sure chicken gets completely coated. Set in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  3. Lightly oil grates on grill OR use a foil tray to cook chicken.
  4. Place chicken on grill (or foil tray) and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Adapted from Smuckers Peanut Butter Jar Lid

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Comments

  1. This looks wonderful! Must try this.

  2. Normally I’m not a peanut butter in savory foods type of person but I have to admit that this looks interesting Alida! Buzzed you! :-)

  3. Yum- my friends and I make something super similar except we use a can of beer and some green onions in the marinade. Yours looks super tasty!

  4. @Christine: Thanks! I’m so excited you want to try this!

    @Janet: Thank you! :)

    @Lindselicious: Mmm – beer and green onions sound interesting. Thanks for your comment!

  5. HI Alida! That looks absolutely delicious! I love the other ingredients that went with it. I come from a LONG line of peanut butter eaters. My sister and I have that listed as our top 3 favorite foods and it’s my father’s NUMBER ONE!

    I try to eat it in moderation – it has health benefits, but a lot of fat for someone with my health issues….but it’s SO yummy!

    Thanks for another great post (as always)!

  6. That looks awesome!!! I looove peanut butter in pretty much any shape or form! :D

  7. Nice idea for chicken, I like Thai food and this really looks like a winner. Yum!

  8. oh I just love savory versions of peanut butter! Definitely can’t wait to give this a go =)

  9. HI Alida! I wanted to let you know that I told my sister about your blog…we were talking about new ways to make chicken and your recipe popped to mind! I hope she visits and enjoys this one….it sounds SO good!

  10. Just bought a new bbq and have bookmarked this to try. Well, just as soon as the sun comes out! :-)

  11. I love PB too but with chicken? At first I wasn’t quite sure about how this would be. It looks delicious though and I love the hotness from the pepper flakes.

  12. @Ann: I hear you with the moderation thing. Peanut butter is definitely yummy…a little bit goes a long way!

    @Gen: I don’t know what I would do without peanut butter. It’s so yummy! Thanks for your comment!

    @Tina: I’m learning to like more and more Thai food – really delicious flavors in Thai cuisine. Thank you for your comment!

    @Peggy: I’m with you, though peanut butter in pretty much any form works for me :) I hope you enjoy this if you try it. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. @Ann: Yay, thank you! I hope she visits too and likes it if she tries it. Thanks for your comment!

    @Ruby: Awesome! You will love your new BBQ – so many things to cook on the grill. Fingers crossed for some nice sunshine for you. Thanks for your comment!

    @Emily: I was totally with you at first (chicken/peanut butter?) but I really like spicy peanut chicken, so figured peanut is peanut. Red pepper flakes are definitely key. Thanks for your comment!

  14. Congrats on making Top 9 today!! This looks so delicious!! :)

  15. This looks fantastic and a very different way to make chicken! Congrats on Top 9 :)

  16. Peanut butter? GOOD. Chicken? GOOD
    Maybe some chilli jelly with that? mmmm Thanks for this idea!

  17. This sounds delicious! I love peanut butter, and I like to use it with chicken! I will definitely have to try this! Foundyou on the July YBR

  18. I am intrigued by this recipe! I must try it!! Thanks!!

  19. you and I must be twins separated at birth… my fav food groups in order of preference:

    1 Peanut Butter
    2 Cheese (a VERY close second)
    3 Lobster
    4 Scallops
    5 Steak
    etc

    I love your pnbutter muffin recipe here, it looks super yum! and the pnbutter pancake recipe is going to get used in this house :)

  20. i love this because chicken is my favorite food, this is very unique love it!

  21. MMM this looks awesome! I just found you on foodgawker, I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  22. Anonymous says:

    One of my favourite combos. I make an African version of this, where i mix the peanut butter ( i like to use the crunchy variety) with chilli and a bit of tomato puree to make a semi- chick paste in which to marinade the chicken pieces. I then oven cook slowly on medium heat which makes the chicken super- tender.The tenderness of the chicken with the crunchiness of the peanut butter is delicious.

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