Easy Peanut Chicken

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Peanut Chicken

Peanut Chicken at Home

One of my favorite Asian dishes is Peanut Chicken. I always get it when I go to the Chinese buffet in town, and it has such an amazing flavor. The mildness of chicken is perfect for the coating of peanuts and breading. But what makes Peanut Chicken even better is the sauce: peanut butter. I know, I know…peanut butter and chicken? Really? Yes. Really. It is a phenomenal combination of flavors that can’t be described in mere words. Crunchy, peanut-y, and delicious, Peanut Chicken is a favorite in my house!

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Making Peanut Chicken

Peanut Chicken is pretty simple to make. I start with chicken breasts that I remove the bones and skin from, then slice into strips. The strips are coated in egg, then in panko bread crumbs that are mixed with chopped roasted peanuts. The peanuts give the chicken a wonderful, nutty flavor that is accentuated by the sauce. I use a simple sauce of peanut butter that is warmed until it is thin. You can use smooth or crunchy, whatever you prefer. When cooking the chicken, I always fry it in peanut oil. It has a low smoking point, and works great for deep frying.

Easy Peanut Chicken

Easy Peanut Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, bones and skin removed, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 ½ C panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ C peanuts, chopped fine
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • peanut oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Heat a heavy bottomed stock pot with about 2 inches of oil in the bottom until oil is 350°F.
  2. Mix the bread crumbs and peanuts in a shallow bowl.
  3. Dip the chicken breast pieces into the egg and completely coat.
  4. Roll in the bread crumb mixture until completely coated.
  5. Gently place in the hot oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Heat the peanut butter until warm and soft.
  8. Serve the chicken with the peanut butter on the side as a dipping sauce.
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Peanut Chicken for Later

Making Peanut Chicken is pretty darn easy. So why not make some for later? When you are making up your fresh batch of Peanut Chicken, make some extra. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper and freeze them solid. Store them in a plastic zippy bag and make them up any time you like. You can even bake Peanut Chicken in the oven if you like. Place frozen chicken on a baking tray and bake in a 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. You’ll love Peanut Chicken.

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