Bowl of rice topped with peanut butter chicken with green beans, chillies and coriander (cilantro)

20 Minute Peanut Butter Chicken

My Peanut Butter Chicken is packed full of flavour and ready in 20 minutes! A great mid-week meal, with no fussy ingredients!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Keyword Any Time Of the year, easy dinner, quick, Takeout
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Nicky Corbishley


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and sliced
  • 3 chicken breasts chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 1 heaped tbsp ground coriander
  • 300 ml chicken stock water + 2 stock cubes is fine (use bouillon for gluten free)
  • 2 heaped tbsp smooth peanut butter check if you need it to be gluten free, it usually is though
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 red chilli chopped finely (I use fresno chillies)
  • 200 g green beans ends chopped off and sliced into short lengths

To Serve:


  • If serving with rice, put the rice onto cook first, then you can cook the rest of the meal whilst the rice is boiling.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan that has a lid, over a medium-high heat. Add in the chicken  and cook, turning regularly, until sealed (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the onion and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes, then stir through the ground coriander. 
  • Add in the peanut butter, juice of one of the limes and the stock. Stir, bring to a gentle bubble, then place the lid on and simmer for 7-8 minutes until slightly thickened. Check on it and stir a couple of times to make sure it doesn't catch.
  • Add in the green beans, taste and add in the remaining lime juice if needed.  Give everything a stir, and leave to cook for another 5 minutes with the lid off.  You can add a splash of water if it's starting to look too dry.
  • Serve with boiled rice, and sprinkle with chopped chillies (or sweet chilli jam) and coriander (cilantro).


Can it be made ahead?
Yes, make it ahead (without the toppings), then cool, cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Heat thoroughly in a pan, adding a splash of water to help loosen it.
Can it be frozen?
Yes! Cool, cover and freeze (without the toppings), then defrost thoroughly overnight in the fridge before reheating in a pan until piping hot. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen it up.
Can it be made gluten free?
Yes, replace the stock with gluten free stock (water plus bouillon is fine). Make sure your peanut butter brand is gluten free.
What if I don't like chillies/spicy food?
Leave out the chillies entirely. This meal has still got plenty of flavour without the chillies.
Nutritional information is per serving - WITHOUT the serving suggestions of rice and sweet chilli jam.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 829mg | Potassium: 1147mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 705IU | Vitamin C: 53.5mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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