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

Chicken Peanut Curry Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs 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 flour
  • 4 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground peppercorns
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp 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 Tbsp 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

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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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  • Shabnam

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

  • Charlene

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

  • Jennifer

    Made this tonight. Was pretty good. Not the recipe I was looking for… expected it to be sweeter… maybe it was the peanut butter I used? Very spicy, pretty tasty! But ..I remember eating this in a restaurant and it had coconut milk in it…. well, I’ll keep looking but this recipe is good!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Andi

    This recipe is a hit! I’m making this again this weekend to feed several couples and their kids. I add potatoes and double the cooking time so that everything melts in your mouth. So good!!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  • Stephanie S. Bell

    I make this all the time. Family loves it! I make it as it is written.

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