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Quick and Easy: Delicious Thai Chicken

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I made this recipe up in the early 1990's. People would always say, "Yuck! Peanut butter and chicken". Until they tasted it, that is. One taste and they would beg for the recipe. Many people after they taste it call it a "Thai" chicken. So I changed its name. People told me it sounded more inviting. Even now people say, "yuck! Peanut butter and chicken". But I once had a co-worker call me from Germany to ask for this recipe.

This is a wonderful dish to make when you have some unexpected company. There is minimal prep time and the results are loved by both adults and children. All you do is put the chicken in a pan, mix the other ingredients together, pour over the chicken and put it in the oven.

Yes, It's That Easy!

This dish is so easy to make that you will have time to pick up the house, shower and dress for dinner before that unexpected company arrives. The results are fabulous. I always make this with rice and a salad or vegetable. Your company (or family) will think you slaved for hours to make something that tastes so good!

My son insists on having this dish for his birthday every year.  I have made it for potlucks and it is always a favorite.  I cube the chicken when I make it for potlucks.  You can make it and put it in a crockpot on low to keep it warm.  Just remember to stir it at least every hour.

Sit down and relax while it cooks.

Sit down and relax while it cooks.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

45 min

55 min

4 servings

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  • 1 1/3 Cups Fat-Free Italian Dressing, your favorite kind
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Peanut Butter, Creamy or Chunky
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, To Taste
  • 4 each (approximately 1 lb) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, or
  • 8 each boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. If needed cut the chicken breasts into 4 equal sizes.
  3. Put the chicken in a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  4. Mix the first five ingredients together. Mix well to make a smooth sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  6. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Stir the sauce around the chicken.
  8. Serve chicken with sauce together.

Additional Tips

The reason I use fat-free Italian dressing is because there is a lot of fat in peanut butter. I made it with regular dressing at first, but I thought it seemed a little oily. Switching to fat-free solved the problem.

The amount of crushed red pepper you add will depend on how spicy you like your food. I usually use the full teaspoon, and my children love it. However, when they were younger they would complain about it being too spicy if I put more than 1/2 teaspoon in.

You can make this with frozen chicken breasts or thighs, just increase the baking time to 1 hour.

You can substitute artificial sweetener for the sugar. Each sweetener will tell you how much of it equals 1 teaspoon.

You can substitute a pound of tofu for the chicken.

You can mix the sauce with cooked hot rice to make a tasty side dish.

How to Make Substitute Italian Dressing for Thai Chicken

To all of you who are not American. Italian dressing is basically a vinaigrette dressing minus the mustard. When I make the Italian dressing substitute for this chicken I use:


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • !/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Spice Mix (Mix of oregano, basil, rosemary and sage among other herbs that vary per brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic in oil (or fresh)


  1. Mix the ingredients well.

This recipe will make you 1 1/3 cups of liquid. Use this in the place of the "Italian dressing".

Crock Pot Thai Rice

I have made the chicken Thai taste by combining these ingredients in a crock pot. You put the crock pot on low and in 3 hours you have a delicious rice dish. This is a saucy rice dish. It makes an amazing side dish that will impress others with your creativity.

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  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 12 tablespoons of sugar
  • 12 tablespoons of peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Put all the ingredients in a 6 quart crock pot.
  2. Stir the ingredients together.
  3. Turn crock pot onto low.
  4. Let it cook for 3 hours.
  5. Stir well and serve


This is a very creamy rice, not a dry rice.

You may need to cook for 3 1/2 hours depending on the crock pot.

Crock Pot Thai Rice will serve 5-6 people.

© 2009 Kari Poulsen


Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 05, 2017:

Thanks Peggy! This is one of the best recipes I ever made up by not having anything on hand, lol

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2017:

This sounds interesting and good. I see from the comments that others have tried it and also like it. My hubby usually makes his own dressings so will probably use that instead. Nice to know of easy and quick recipes like this that are good. Thanks!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 01, 2014:

Italian dressing is about the same as vinagarette. Oil, Vinegar, spice...I have a recipe for this without chicken or italian dressing...I will look for it to help me translate. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 28, 2012:

Peanut butter chicken..Pretty different. Sounds good though.

Kristina on July 25, 2012:

Just finished making and eating this! It was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing.

alexis on April 07, 2012:

going to make it for supper tonight!

Chris on March 07, 2012:

It's in the oven now! I bet it's delicious!!! Thanks for posting :)

Catherine on February 15, 2012:

I made this the other day - and it was wonderful! skipped the red pepper and used splenda instead of sugar. chicken was very tender! a definate keeper.

Debbie on November 21, 2011:

Wow. Delicious! I thought I had Italian Dressing but did not so I sub'd Ken's Asian Sesame Ginger and it worked out great. I'll try it with Italian next time. My family just loved it. I was asked to eliminate the rep pepper (1/2 tsp), though. I'll be making it for my club's holiday party in 2 weeks also. THANKS!

Yaz on October 06, 2011:

Hi, I'm british but really want to try the recipie, things is i have no idea what italian dressing is..... im not sure you can buy it here.... is there a substitute? x

delmer47 from Nebraska on September 30, 2011:

Wow this is a very interesting recipe.....always looking for different recipes for chicken! Voted up!

saif113sb on August 01, 2011:

very interesting hub. thanks

Meggers on March 29, 2011:

I'm 15 and making this for supper tonight, it smells GREAT. (:

Nick on February 23, 2011:

I was craving some peanut butter chicken that I've only had at restaurants. I found your recipe and it was just as good if not better! Put it in my cookbook as soon as I had my first bite. Thanks!

Bryan on January 02, 2011:

Hey K@ri, what can I use to replace the Italian dressing? I've got some fat-free yoghurt. Would that be okay?

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 10, 2010:

Maki, I'm really glad you liked it as much as I do! I once substituted dried (yes dried!) peanut butter. It was 97% fat free. I could not tell the difference. This one seems to allow a bit a leniency and still gets great results. Thanks! :D

d bag, LOLOLOL! You must be a dad... :D

Mamamakingitwork, Wonderful! That has always been one of my favorite reasons for making this dish. Kids LOVE it! Thanks for letting us know! :D

Mamamakingitwork on November 24, 2010:

That was AWESOME!!! The kiddos ate seconds... and we will DEFINITELY be making it again. I have already recommended it to friends!

d bag on November 05, 2010:

yeah...its your dads

Maki on September 28, 2010:

This is one of the best internet chicken recipes I've ever found!!! I couldn't stop eating :)! I didn't have ready Italian dressing, so I made it myself and it was great. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe :)! I am definitely going to cook it for my guests.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 25, 2010:

oliversmum, I hope you both liked it! :D

JGUnwired, Your way sounds healthier and fabulous!

SparkleGirl, I'm glad you liked it and found it easy to make. I'm sure it would be just as good with honey or splenda! Happy Cooking

SparkleGirl on February 20, 2010:

I just made this dish tonight and it was great! I think next time I make it, I will substitute honey for sugar or maybe even try splenda. Thanks for this recipe! It will be in my recipe book now. It was so easy and yummy!

JGUnwired on February 06, 2010:

I saw this recipe and decided to go for it. However, instead of peanut butter, I used Almond Butter. Instead of the Italian dressing I used one cup of olive oil and one third cup of rice vinegar. Finally, instead of sugar, I used honey. I went for the full amount of crushed red pepper!

Basically, its the same recipe but I made the substitutes based on what I had on hand and not wanting to use refined sugar.

It was AWESOME. Thanks for sharing.

oliversmum from australia on January 28, 2010:

This sounds like a delicious and easy meal,Iam going to try it tonight.My partner loves Peanut Butter.Thank you. :) :)

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 11, 2010:

Doreen, Good safety point!

The Rope, I hope you love it as much as my family!

The Rope from SE US on January 07, 2010:

Yummmm! I can't wait to try it. :) :) :) Did you get your dad's permission to share it?

Doreen on December 28, 2009:

Make sure you label this that it contains peanuts. I brought some home from a wedding Saturday and my son ate it and ended up in the hospital. We had no idea that it had peanut butter sauce and he's deathly allergic to peanuts. Label your food!!!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 22, 2009:

mpurcell10, I hope it came out well and you and your son liked it as much as my family does! Thanks! :D

mpurcell10 from Arkansas on December 08, 2009:

This definitely sounds original.

Can't wait to try it my son said he is making it tomorrow night.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 27, 2009:

gonnawantseconds, I hope you like it as much as I do! My son requests this for dinner every year for his birthday. Thanks! :D