Thai Chicken

Easy Thai chicken in a rich peanut chili soy sauce is something spectacular. It is ready in about 30 minutes!

This Thai chicken is an Asian-inspired main dish that is so easy and tasty you will think you are eating at your favorite Thai restaurant. This chicken goes perfectly a top a bed of rice such as Instant Pot Coconut Rice, Cilantro Lime Rice, or Instant Pot Brown Rice

Close up of Thai chicken topped with peanuts

Thai Flavors

I love Thai flavors! They are rich, spicy, and delicious!

But what are the Thai flavors in this dish exactly? The combination of chili, soy sauce, ginger, lime, and peanuts are what give this chicken it’s Thai flair. 

Searing this chicken before baking it, and then giving it a little extra heat under the broiler at the very end creates that crispy skin and caramelized flavor. Thai dishes are often described as having an “umami” flavoring. This can be described as an earthy and delicious savory taste. 

This chicken is perfect served with a scoop of rice, or for a bit of a healthy twist serve this with a lot of veggies! Either way, it’s absolutely yummy!

Ingredients for Thai chicken recipe

How to Make Thai Chicken

PREP. Preheat the oven to 400°F

SAUCE. Begin by making the Thai sauce: In a medium bowl add the chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic, peanut butter, ginger and lime juice. Mix together then set aside.

SEAR. Pat the chicken dry using a paper towel. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter. Add the chicken and sear it for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

BAKE. Pour the Thai sauce over the chicken and toss until evenly coated. Place the chicken and sauce into a baking dish and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temp is 165°F.

BROIL. Turn on the broiler and broil the dish for a few extra minutes.

GARNISH & ENJOY! Remove from the oven and top the dish with chopped peanut and cilantro. Eat alone or over rice, noodles or veggies.

Thai peanut chicken cooking in a skillet

Spicy Thai Chicken

To adjust the level of spice in this dish try:

  • Top with Thai Chilies
  • Sprinkle with red chili flakes
  • Incorporate Thai red curry paste
  • Top with sriracha sauce
Thai peanut sauce chicken in a casserole dish

Storing + Freezing

STORE this in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container.

Store this chicken in an airtight container and FREEZE for up to 4 months.

Thai chicken thighs served on a platter with lime wedges

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Thai Chicken Recipe

Easy Thai chicken in a rich peanut chili soy sauce is something spectacular. It is ready in about 30 minutes!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 419kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 bone in chicken thighs
Thai Sauce
  • ½ c sweet chili sauce
  • ¼ c reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ½ tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ c chopped fresh cilantro - to taste
  • ¼ c chopped peanuts

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • Begin by making the Thai sauce: In a medium bowl add the chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic, peanut butter, ginger and lime juice. Mix together then set aside.
  • Pat the chicken dry using a paper towel. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter. Add the chicken and sear it for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Pour the Thai sauce over the chicken and toss until evenly coated.
  • Place the chicken and sauce into a baking dish and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temp is 165°F.
  • Turn on the broiler and broil the dish for a few extra minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and top the dish with chopped peanut and cilantro.
  • Eat alone or over rice, noodles or veggies.

Notes

If you use an oven safe skillet you can sear, add the sauce and bake it all in one dish!

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 234IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    Love thai flavors!! This chicken is super tasty! We have tried it with rice & it made a nice, hearty meal!

  2. 5 stars
    So flavorful and delicious! I served it over rice with zucchini on the side. The whole family loved it! I think I might try it next time with chicken breasts to see how that turns out.

  3. 5 stars
    Loved the flavor on this simple dinner! My kids actually ate it too! We served it over white rice!