Chicken Peanut Curry

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West African inspired chicken peanut curry, with lime, coriander seed, onion, cilantro, mint, ginger, chili, peanuts, and chicken.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The inspiration for this recipe comes from a West African soup recipe in Nancie McDermott’s The Curry Book. With a little less broth and a lot more chicken you have a great peanut curry dish.

Control the level of hotness you want with the amount of chili. We didn’t have serranos when we made this, and we wanted it very spicy so we used 4 fresh large jalapeños instead of the 2 serranos called for in the following recipe.

The lime, coriander seed, onion, cilantro, mint, ginger, chili, and peanut combine wonderfully.

Chicken Peanut Curry

How to Make Chicken Peanut Curry

Chicken Peanut Curry Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken pieces (or you can use bone-in for added flavor), cut into 1 1/2 inch wide chunks or strips
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground peppercorns
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 serrano chili peppers, seeded, de-veined, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (if using freshly ground peanuts, add 2 teaspoons of sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 8 green onions, chopped, greens included
  • 1/3 cup each finely chopped mint and cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

Method

1 Coat chicken pieces in seasoned flour: Rinse chicken and pat dry. In a large bowl, combine the flour, curry powder, salt and pepper. Toss the chicken pieces to coat.

2 Sauté chicken pieces: Heat oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven on medium high heat. Add chicken pieces in batches, being careful to not crowd the pan. Cook 2-4 minutes per side, or until the coating sets and browns a little. Remove the chicken from the pot as it cooks and set aside in a bowl.

3 Build curry base with ginger, garlic, chili, broth, peanut butter: When the chicken has all been browned, add the ginger, garlic, chili pepper and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth to the saucepan. Cook for a minute or two, scraping the pan with a spatula and stirring to combine everything well.

Whisk in the peanut butter, and the remaining 3 1/2 cups of broth slowly, stirring continuously to maintain an even texture.

4 Add chicken to pot, simmer: Return the chicken to the pot and simmer for 15-25 minutes.

5 Serve with coriander and garnishes: Right before serving, add the ground coriander, cilantro, mint and green onions. Add salt and lime juice to taste. Serve with rice.

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Links:

Yellow Curry Meatballs with Kale, from Jan's Sushi Bar

Tom's Trinidad Chicken Curry, from The Pioneer Woman

Thai-style Massaman Curry with Venison, from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Chicken Peanut Curry

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Patricia

    Loved the balance of spices and that it didn’t require coconut milk.

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  2. Lnfindorff

    So easy and flavorful. I added some Thai red curry paste when I added the peanut butter, and did not add sugar even though I used natural peanut butter. A definite keeper.

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  3. Ethan

    This recipe rules. I ended up going heavy on the ginger and adding a diced onion in that initial process. Then I sautéed up some broccoli, eggplant, and sweet pepper and added that in the pot when simmering, which stretched the meal out a bit more and gave us a good amount of leftovers! Definitely will make again.

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  4. Shabnam

    Hi Elise,
    What brand curry powder do you use? Different brands have different tastes.
    Thank you!

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  5. Charlene

    Yummo.. I made this today but added some golden potatoes zucchini and some carrots.. it was delicious

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