Szechuan Peanut Chicken

Szechuan Peanut Chicken
When you love your husband you’ll do crazy things for him, like cook Szechuan Peanut Chicken for dinner.

This one is for Ryan :-)

He loves spicy, bold oriental flavors, especially peanut, ginger, or srircha infused food. I like to be able to taste my food without feeling like my lips are on fire.

Szechuan Peanut Chicken
Luckily this dish satisfies both of our palates.

It has a bold ginger-peanutty flavor without the heat. Don’t worry, I put the srircha on the dinner table in case Ryan wants to add a kick.

Szechuan Peanut Chicken
Sometimes I get a little nervous when dinner dishes call for peanut butter. I like peanut butter, but I don’t want my dinner to taste like it came from the peanut butter jar. This dish is well balanced, it didn’t taste like peanut butter, but still had a distinct peanutty taste without being overwhelming.

Szechuan Peanut Chicken


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut into 1" pieces
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger-root, fresh & minced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup salsa (like pace picante sauce)
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (try 1 tbsp, and add more to taste)
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Combine the chicken, soy sauce, garlic and ginger in a ziploc bag; set aside for about 10 minutes. You can choose to marinade the chicken longer if you have the time.
  2. After 10 minutes, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook the chicken mixture in the oil until no longer pink, about 4-6 minutes.
  4. Add the red pepper, salsa and peanut butter; cook and stir for 4 minutes.
  5. Add the green onions.
  6. Serve over rice and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and additional salsa to your liking.

Szechuan Peanut Chicken
Be a little bold and adventurous and put this dish on your menu plan – I know it will be going on our ‘to make’ again list!

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  1. Oh, this sounds delicious. I love pretty much any kid of Asian food so this will definitely be going on my list.
    I hope you will stop by the blog tomorrow (Friday) and share this at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  2. I love how quick and easy this chicken dish is… great flavors.

  3. I’m probably somewhere between you and your husband in terms of how spicy I like my food. My husband is more like you. We both love sriracha, though. This looks so good. Tweeting and pinning …

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  5. I bet my husband would love this, and I think it looks mighty tasty as well. Thanks for linking up, you always share the best recipes!

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