Chicken with Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce

by Marla on February 3, 2011 · 123 comments

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The Super Bowl is this Sunday and I am finally diverting from my Valentine’s recipes and sharing a dish that would be great alongside all those mini bite appetizers. There have been so many awesome recipes passed around the internet the past few weeks in preparation for the game. Do I even know who is playing, no. Do I know what I will be eating, sure. This Chicken with Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce is a fun alternative to chili. It is packed with flavor and protein. Great for game day or any time at all.

Chicken with Peanut-Lime Coconut Sauce Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

When it comes to spectator sports it is all about the food for me. Whoever wants to stand on the side lines to chat and eat can hang with me. In this chicken recipe creamy coconut pairs perfectly with peanuts and lime. This dish is filling, but not heavy. if you are a fan of peanuts, you will love this sauce!

Chicken with Peanut-Lime Coconut Sauce Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I added some bright green asparagus. Not only does it add flavor and great texture, you get your veggies too. Serve with some brown, jasmine or basmati rice and you have a full meal. You can make a double batch of sauce if you wish. It would be awesome to dip freshly baked bread or naan in it.

Chicken with Peanut-Lime Coconut Sauce Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

This sauce tastes even better the next day after the flavors have a chance to combine.

Chicken with Peanut-Lime Coconut Sauce Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I like to make a big batch of this chicken dish so we have enough for a few days. It is great for lunch, dinner and the lunch box.

Chicken with Peanut-Lime Coconut Sauce Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

What are you serving for the Super Bowl?

Chicken with Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken with Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

    Sauce
  • 1/2 cup [light unsweetened Coconut Milkhttp://astore.amazon.com/familyfreshcooking-20/detail/B002FJU0KO]
  • 1/2 cup natural Peanut Butter (I like crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon Thai Red Curry Paste
  • Juice from 1 Lime (about 1 tbs lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Pinch of the following:
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Stevia to taste, or your favorite natural sweetener
  • Chicken
  • 2 pounds Chicken Breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced Onion
  • a few Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup chopped Asparagus Spears, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Optional Garnishes
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • chopped Peanuts
  • Green Onion
  • toasted unsweetened Coconut Flake
  • Srirach sauce

Method

    Sauce
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, curry paste, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, sweetener & seasonings to form a sauce. Taste and change anything if you want to. Set aside.
  • Chicken
  • Heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onion & garlic cook until softened. Add chicken, cook until golden brown and cooked through about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally for even cooking. Stir sauce into chicken. Partially cover and simmer for about 5 minutes to let the flavors combine. Add asparagus during the last few minutes of cook time. Serve with spicy Sriracha sauce and garnishes mentioned above.
  • Notes
  • Instead of sweetening the sauce with Stevia, honey would be another great option.
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1 Lori @ RecipeGirl February 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

Love all of these flavors. A coconut-peanut sauce sounds so good!

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2 Kristen February 3, 2011 at 6:44 am

Totally adding this to the menu next week. Yum!

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3 Maria February 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

Love the peanut sauce!

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4 Rosa February 3, 2011 at 7:01 am

That looks succulent and so tasty! A delicious combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 the urban baker February 3, 2011 at 7:34 am

any left overs for lunch today! if so, I am on my
way!!!!

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6 Catherine February 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

Marla, this looks delish! Cannot wait to try it. Anything
with coconut milk and peanut sauce is a hit around here. Thanks for
all of your fabulous, healthy recipes!

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7 Marla February 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

Catherine: You are so welcome! I always love to lighten things up without sacrificing flavor.

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8 Faith February 3, 2011 at 8:15 am

When it comes to watching the game, I’m with you, Marla! In
fact, I would love to chat and eat with you any time! This looks
really delicious, love that peanutty sauce…and the lime is great
in there too, I bet it really brightens the flavor!

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9 Marla February 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

Faith: You are so right-perfect choice of words. The lime does help “brighten” the flavors in this dish. We would have a blast “watching not watching” the Super Bowl together. Are you guys still living close to Syracuse, NY?? I will be speaking there the end of March and would love if you could come visit….

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10 Faith February 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

You are so sweet, gorgeous! I would absolutely love to meet up with you but I’ll be out of the country. I haven’t made the “official” announcement on my blog yet, but Mike and I are going on vacation from early March through late April. We’re going abroad and visiting his family who he hasn’t seen in 4 years…we’re super excited! Sorry I’ll miss you, sweetie!

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11 Marla February 4, 2011 at 7:08 am

Faith: If your plans change, just let me know as I would love to finally meet you in person :) Sounds like you an Mike have an amazing vacation in the works. I can’t wait to hear all about your planning!! Your Linzer Cupcakes today are unbelievable!

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12 deb June 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Tried this over the weekend it was AWESOME and so easy to make

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13 benny February 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

This looks amazing! mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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14 Amanda February 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

If this tastes anything like how it looks… it is quite
possible the best meal ever made! Gorgeous girl!

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15 Marla February 3, 2011 at 9:16 am

Amanda: I always love your enthusiasm for great food. Sweet or savory. You can come over to join me for a meal & laughs any day!

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16 Bethany@ Bridezilla Bakes February 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

Peanut sauce is a HUGE favorite of mine — I love the idea
of combining with coconut and lime flavors. Your photos are
gorgeous!

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17 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

Looks so flavorful and pretty!

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18 Sommer J February 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

This is certainly something my family would love! As usual,
your photos are absolutely incredible!

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19 Wok with Ray February 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

This is a great looking chicken dish. I will try this
recipe and thank you for sharing.

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20 Angie February 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

Yummy! That is brilliant. I LOVE peanut sauce. Lime on
anything makes it taste wonderful. Can I get all this at the local
trader joe’s or do I have to go to an Asian specialty store for the
fish sauce? Love Thai food, so I will love this.

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21 Jessica @ How Sweet February 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This literally looks like one of the most amazing chicken
dishes I’ve ever seen!

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22 Nicole, RD February 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Wow, sounds FAN-TASTIC!

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23 A Canadian Foodie February 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I just did Faith’s smoky chili soup with lime and the lime
did make ALL the difference. The lively little soup just danced! I
adore all the flavours here and you are so right, Marla – this is
the perfect dish to go with all of the Superbowl nibbles… Of
course, it is not really a big deal up here. Some watch it – but I
am amazed at how the entire country seems to stop everything down
there and “watch the game”. There is nothing like it… :)
Valerie

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24 MyMansBelly February 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I think I could put peanut butter sauce on just about anything and eat it. One of my all time faves!

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25 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Oh mi oh my Marla! This dish with the peanut sauce sounds
and looks amazing! If I wasn’t planning vegetarian chili for Sunday
I’d make a big batch of this to share. Yum, it’ll go on my rotation
very soon!

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26 theFromagette February 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Mmm… love the recipe and LOVE the photography!!

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27 Lucy February 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

mmmm! so tasty looking.

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28 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

the recipe itself looks awesome…but the food
photography!! omg i am in heaven!!! i think i need to pay you to
come down to san diego and spend an afternoon with me teaching me
your tricks. And i promise to reward you with a girls nite out and
wine and chocolate…deal? :)

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29 Marla February 4, 2011 at 7:10 am

Averie: You are a total doll! With those kind compliments I would love to help you out. We would both learn loads together. Let’s connect via e-mail & set up a date soon, okay? xo PS: I might need to sleep over ;)

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30 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Omg just saw this reply…and yes, sleepovers after Girls Nights Out (after the photography session of course..haha) are totally welcome!

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31 FOODESSA February 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Since Hubby has grown to enjoy coconut milk…I’m now thrilled to try different recipes with it. Mix that with peanut butter…and surely a smile will be had at our table ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

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32 Jeanette February 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I love all the spice and herb combinations in this recipe, yummy!!

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33 Cara February 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I make a similar coconut-peanut sauce for grilled chicken. But I have to say, who needs chicken, when a spoon will do! Love this combo :)

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34 Heather at Multiply Delicious February 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Marla I love all the colors and the flavors of this dish. It looks and sound delicious. And the peanut ,lime, and coconut sauce…yum!
And don’t worry I had to ask my husband who was playing in the game too. I could only remember one of the teams but not the other. I’m so not a NFL football fan but I have to admit I’ll watch the Superbowl.
Have a great weekend!

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35 Kat @ Cupcake Kat February 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

This looks wonderful. I just bought coconut milk so I think I’ll try this

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36 Katrina February 4, 2011 at 4:57 am

The coconut lime peanut sauce sounds amaaaaaazing! I want to make it now so bad!

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37 Sara February 4, 2011 at 5:23 am

Marla, I just read coconut, lime, peanut sauce and I rushed over to your beautiful blog! I love love all of these flavors combined, my mouth is watering looking at your gorgeous pics! xoxo luv ya! :)

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38 Robyn | Add a Pinch February 4, 2011 at 5:50 am

Marla, this look amazing! I can’t wait to try it. The photography is gorgeous!

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39 Molly Chester February 4, 2011 at 6:55 am

Beautiful opening photo!

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40 grace February 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

lime, coconut, cinnamon, cilantro–this contains so many of my favorite flavors!

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41 Shaina February 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

Delicious, Marla! Coconut lime peanut sauce? Gah. I definitely need this to be a part of my life.

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42 Jennifer (Savor) February 4, 2011 at 7:08 am

Love this and anything peanut related!

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43 Lora @cakeduchess February 4, 2011 at 7:29 am

Hi Marla-This chicken looks fantastic! I lvoe your coconut
lime peanut sauce…mmm! I might have to make this for dinner
because I am now craving it! Lovely photos.;)

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44 Gina @ Skinnytaste February 4, 2011 at 7:50 am

Marla, my husband would adore this! He’s all about the
peanut sauce!!

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45 Nutmeg Nanny February 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

This looks and sounds amazing! I love the coconut-lime
combination…yum!

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46 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 4, 2011 at 8:41 am

Such beautiful photos, Marla, as usual, and what a
wonderful, vibrant recipe. This looks so delicious, and I love your
use of all those different flavors. Thanks for sharing!

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47 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef February 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

OMG, I lOVE those flavors! Coconut lime and peanut is
great, healthy combination!

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48 Angie February 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

This looks so good, I love the flavors.

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49 sippitysup February 4, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love these flavors. And though I rarely feature them at
SS. It’s honestly the kind of food I eat most days. GREG

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50 carolinaheartstrings February 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

That looks totally amazing. I love lime anything. Will definitely give this a try!

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51 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom February 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Your photos are amazing. Before I forget, what camera and lens do you use? Amazing! And the recipe looks fantastic. I think my kids would really enjoy it.

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52 Marla February 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Liz: I shoot with a Canon EOS 10D. The past few months I have been shooting with my new 24-70 lens & I love it. This Coconut Chicken was shot with my wide angle lens, a 17-40. That thing needed a lot more post production work-it is a slower lens/less light. More info then you probably thought you would get! LOL

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53 Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} February 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

oh delicious!

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54 sally cameron February 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Gorgeous photo Marla!

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55 Mags@OtherSideof50 February 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Great dish and FABULOUS photos.

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56 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit February 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

This is a wonderful chicken dish,and those photos of it are gorgeous- the green just pops right out! Not much of a football game watcher here, but I enjoy any occasion to share a good time with friends. :)

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57 Joanne February 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

I’m gonna be honest, I’m making chili on Sunday but I would much rather be eating this. Unfortunately, my father “doesn’t like peanut butter for dinner”. How I could have been borne of his loins…no idea. Instead, I think I may need to make this on Monday. To recover from the chili.

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58 Marla February 5, 2011 at 6:50 am

Joanne: Ha!! I am positive my Dad would be the same way. What’s with those men anyway? Thank goodness we have more common sense, better taste buds & much more adventurous personalities.

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59 tasteofbeirut February 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

I love the flavors in this dish and especially the
presentation! I am becoming enamored with anything in a bite-size
form!

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60 Susan February 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

This looks so light and delicious. I might try using tofu instead of the chicken too. Love your web site–so pretty.

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61 Marla February 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

Susan: Thanks for stopping by. Tofu would be awesome with this sauce! I would brown it first in a little bit of sesame or coconut oil. All is good not matter what.

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62 Paula February 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

I can’t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…

Have a great time,
Paula

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63 Marla February 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

Paula: Love that you can’t stop looking at this. Watch out if you make the recipe-it is so hard to stop eating too!

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64 zerrin February 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

I love the flavors in it. Perfect for friend gatherings too! I love the greens on the top. So appealing!

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65 Kim February 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

First – beautiful tweaks to your site! I’m really liking it. Second – great chicken recipe, too. We’ve been craving Thai flavors recently, and this is right down that alley. I have this to try in the middle of the week – wonder how it’ll taste over a salad tossed with peanut oil and some rice vinegar?

We’re goin’ to a Super Bowl party this year… and responsible for providing the beer. :)

[K]

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66 Marla February 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Kim: The beer is so easy! Sure, I would go ahead and make this chicken during the week. I have enjoyed it many times over a fresh salad (baby spinach.) I don’t even use additional dressing, but I like the idea of peanut oil & rice vinegar, or even toasted sesame oil.

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67 Jennifer February 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Looks delicious! Your pictures are amazing!

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68 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend February 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

looks fabulous! nice job!

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69 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 6, 2011 at 12:31 am

That looks so divine Marla! I bet you get a lot of people wanting to come over to watch it at your place! :)

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70 fooddreamer February 6, 2011 at 3:53 am

I love chicken with peanut sauce, but the addition of lime and coconut? Yummy! Although saying lime and coconut makes me want to sing that silly song…you put de lime in de coconut and shake it all around.

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71 Stephanie Meyer (Fresh Tart) February 6, 2011 at 8:32 am

Gorgeous deliciousness Marla!

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72 5 Star Foodie February 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I love the combination of coconut, peanuts, and lime here,
excellent flavors, nice!

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73 Jessica February 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

This looks delicious! Love the photo!

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74 Amanda @ Something Savory February 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

Wow this looks freakishly good. I love all those flavors, it reminds me of all my favorites that I get at thai restaurants- tom kha and pad thai. This is definitely being added to my list of things to try! And beautiful pictures by the way!

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75 Marla February 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

Amanda: Thanks so much for your sweet words. Yes, these flavors are reminiscent of quite a few Thai dishes. It is so fun to be able to take matters into our own hands instead of having to rely on restaurants (even though we love those too!) We adoreThai food over here!

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76 Pixelbot February 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Great work, This looks very delicious, thanks!

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77 Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

What amazing flavours on that chicken!

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78 Cara Craves... February 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I think this recipe was made for me! Some of the best
flavor combinations!

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79 Jeane March 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This is a Keeper! Just made it for dinner and I am so glad! The only things I did was make a little more chicken and added more cayenne and some chili oil. (We like it hot!) and left out the cinnamon. My friend said the asparagus, while it seemed an odd addition to me, was a perfect addition. I agree that crunchy peanut butter is the best!!! Thank you for the recipe!

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80 Marla March 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Jeane: I am so happy you enjoyed my peanut chicken recipe. Love that you went with the asparagus and were happy with the choice to use it. The chili oil is a great addition and can be added per serving – I would love it and my kids would probably think it was too spicy.
Thrilled this is a keeper:)

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81 Marissa March 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

wow!! pictures are great, sharp and crisp!
congrats!

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82 Cookin' Canuck March 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

I don’t know how I missed this one. The flavors in this
pretty dish make it absolutely irresistible to me.

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83 Emily Flippin Maruna June 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm

This looks super yummy! I’ve listed it in a lunch post on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/must-make-monday-lets-do-lunch/

Thanks!

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84 Shari June 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This looks delicious!! Do you think it would work with a different nut, something like almond butter?

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85 Marla June 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Shari, I say go ahead & try the almond butter. I love all nuts so I can’t see how you can go wrong with that. You know what else would be tasty…cashew butter. Hmmm. Now I need to try both of those.

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86 Vedette July 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

Now this I got to try on the weekend.

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87 Biana | Simple and Tasty Recipes October 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Marla, love chicken and peanut sauce. Other flavors in the dish sound great too!

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88 V June 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Do you thinking substituting tofu for the chicken would be okay?

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89 Marla June 6, 2012 at 4:56 am

I believe an extra firm tofu would be great with this sauce! Let us know how it turns out :)

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90 Karen June 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

I love Thai food and this one looked very Thai… copied it and hope to make it soon. Thanks.

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91 scrappysue June 26, 2012 at 5:06 am

this is a firm favourite of ours, but i’m wondering if u can freeze it?

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92 Marla June 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hi Sue, I have not tried freezing it ~ we always finish it in a few days. Let me know how it goes if you do so. Glad to hear this recipe is a family favorite!

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93 Laura October 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

Hi Marla,

We tried this recipe and it was a hit with my family (especially my husband), but once I started to heat the sauce, it became really thick and sticky (I know normal for natural peanut butter). Have you ever had this happen and if so what should I add or cut back on to keep the flavours. Thanks for your help (and wonderful inspiring web-site)

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94 Marla October 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hi! How about trying to thin out the sauce with some more light, unsweetened coconut milk? You can also use a splash of water :)

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95 Maija October 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Thank you! I roasted a spaghetti squash and had it with that. Perfect. Super YUM!

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96 Marla October 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Great idea Maija ~ I love spaghetti squash. Perfect choice for Meatless Monday!

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97 cookingrookie February 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Wonderful recipe. I am glad I discovered it… despite the 2 year delay… better later than never :-)

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98 Charlotte March 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

Could you make this in the slow cooker? Maybe pour the sauce over the chicken breasts and cook on low. Then shred the chicken at the end? Or will it overcook?

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99 Marla March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I am not sure Charlotte, I don’t use a slow cooker. You can try it and let us know!

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100 kimberly March 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm

i just made your chicken lime peanut sauce recipe and it is fantastic! wow! it tastes like i dish i would buy in a restaurant!! thanks!

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101 Marla March 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Hi Kimberly ~ thanks for sharing such JOY with me :) Glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Easier, healthier & more budget friendly than a restaurant eh?!

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102 Tabitha May 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Hey there! This dish sounds incredible. I tried making something similar and the fish sauce creeped us all out. We still have it in our fridge but grimace at the thought of using it again. Is it essential? Is there something we can use instead? Thanks!

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103 Marla May 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

Good question…not sure what your sauce is. Also not sure how else to use it. Sorry :)

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104 Sabrina December 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I was looking for a recipe that would allow me to use what I had in-house already. Had 1/2 a can of coconut milk, 1/4 cup of pb and, amazingly, I had frozen cut asparagus. This was soooo good. The only thing I would probably change is marinate the meat in the sauce for a while. Then cook the sauce down to make sure there is no bacteria. That would help marry the meat to the sauce. I made a cauliflower rice to go with it. Will definitely make this again.

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105 Marla December 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

That cauliflower rice sounds great! Thanks for sharing your feedback as well :)

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106 Jen January 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

This looks amazing!! I was wondering what to do with lots of limes & Thai food always is great. I’m officially a fan now. Thanks for breaking it down.

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