Quick & Easy Thai Panang Chicken with Peanut Butter #WeekdaySupper



Thai style creamy Panang Chicken made with peanut butter makes a healthy, quick and easy weeknight supper.  I work full time so cooking is not something I can spend too much time on during weekdays.  Our Sunday Supper group started a Weekday Supper which is great because everyone is looking for easy weekday meals that can be put together quickly.  But hey who says easy doesn’t have to be healthy? This is an easy recipe, made easier by the fact that  peanut butter is used as the base. Some boneless chicken, herbs, spices, Thai red curry paste and peanut butter and in minutes my family gets transported to a Thai restaurant to eat Panang Chicken on a weekday ! Cool huh!! I love easy simple recipes and this is one. It tastes creamy rich and when spooned over hot rice,  it makes a hearty meal. Add some salad or some fruit and you have a healthy meal.  My oldest likes to eat it with naan or Indian bread and it tastes great with that too.  If you’re wary about trying a Thai recipe try this one. It’s fool proof and tastes great!



Nutrition Wise!

The might peanut is a great source of protein and healthy fat. Peanuts are often called the poor man’s protein meaning they are a cheap source of good quality protein. Added bonus, they pack a lot of fiber and may improve your cardiovascular health by may reduce your LDL cholesterol — the bad type that can block arteries and trigger heart attacks and strokes.  Chicken is also a good source of protein, B vitamins and iron. All in all a healthy dose of high quality protein and healthy fats in this dish!!




Thai Panang Chicken

Serves 8-10
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot


  • 2 Lbs boneless chicken (cut into strips)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 2 Tsp ginger (grated or paste)
  • 1 Large onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (divided)


Heat oil. Saute onions for 3-4 minutes till transparent. Add Thai red curry paste, ginger, paprika and saute about 3 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp peanut butter and saute for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup coconut milk and cook for 2 minutes.
Add cut chicken and salt and cook covered for about 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
Add 3/4 cup coconut milk and chopped herbs and cook for 2 minutes before taking off the fire
Serve warm with rice. Garnish with chopped peanuts.


Check out these other easy healthy weekday supper recipes !!

Monday | Asparagus Risotto by Galactosemia in PDX

Tuesday | Bean and Beef Burrito Burgers by Comfy Cuisine 

Wednesday | Quick and Easy Thai Panang Chicken with Peanut Butter  by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz 

Thursday | Baked Haddock in Mushroom Broth with Polenta by Pescetarian Journal 

Friday | Egg and Chorizo Nachos by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. Bravo Sue! Bravo! I can’t wait to make this Thai dish. I love, love, love, Thai food and peanut butter and curry. Yum!

    • Yummy ! Never thought to use PB. What a neat idea. Looks like an easy simple recipe. Will try this ! Thanks Sue. Be a hit with my kids I think.

    • My kids loved it. Try it and let me know how they like it 🙂

    • Thanks Renee. Let me know how it turns out 🙂 ! Love Thai food too which is why I had to resort to making it at home or I’m always eating out at Thai spots !

    • Thanks Renee. Let me know how it turns out ! Love Thai food too which is why I had to resort to making it at home or I’m always eating out at Thai spots !

  2. Love Thai and Panang Chicken. Never though to make it at home. This looks super easy & yummy ! I may use almond butter instead since am trying to eat Paleo. Maybe you can blog a Paleo version with almonds or some other nuts 🙂

  3. I have yellow curry sitting in my pantry at home. It won’t be the same as red curry but I think it may work. Love Thai food and love this dish even more. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  4. Such a fantastic, quick, delicious and easy recipe for a weekday! It looks fantastic! ~ Bea

  5. This looks so good! Serious Yum Factor.

  6. These wonderful pictures make me hungry. This will be definitely the week’s project! 🙂

  7. My mom uses ox tail in a similar peanut butter dish. This is a different take on the dish and I’m definitely dying to try it. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  8. Interesting concept. I have never tried incorporating peanut butter in my meals, well unless it’s in a sandwich. This is really something else. I’ll give a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. Wait, chicken and peanut butter? I don’t know if that tastes really good but if it’s Thai chicken, my family will surely love it. We’re big fans of everything Thai, with a little less spicy hot flavor of course. And I like the fact that it’s packed with protein and carbohydrates. Thanks a lot Sue.

  10. I love everything that has Thai in it. The curry, the spice, and their tasty dishes. I’ll try your recipe at home one of these days. I think it’s eternal summer (Thailand) in one superb dish!

  11. Nuts, chicken, and rice. This is absolute heaven in a dish! I’ll definitely try it one of these days, perhaps for my mom’s upcoming birthday on the first week of April. She loves everything chicken and peanuts offer good cholesterol.

  12. I will never get enough of Thai foods. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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