Recipe Review: Spicy Peanut Chicken

Can I just say for the record I LOVE asian food?

Well, really I just love food in general, but that’s not what this post is about. 

Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, you name it, I love it. 

 However, noodles, fried foods and copious amount of rice, fried or otherwise are not typically included in my diet. Plus, many takeout recipes use excessive oil, sodium and MSG, all of which can wear havoc on your physique. 

 So, you can only imagine how excited I was when I discovered this spicy peanut chicken recipe in the Metabolic Cooking Cookbook. 

I’ve always wanted to attempt to make my own peanut sauce.

 No time the like present. 

Experimental Cooking Night: Spicy Peanut Chicken 

The cookbook is available for purchase here. It’s a digital download, and with over 250 recipes, videos, and other bonuses, it’s a great value for a small amount of money. AND I like that the recipes are tasty but simple, because honestly, I don’t have the time to prepare gourmet meals with exotic ingredients and I imagine you don’t either.

Substitutions and Modifications 

I had all the ingredients on hand or purchased them earlier in the day, so no subs were made. I did however double the recipe (since I was bulk cooking for the next few days and had a whole bunch of chicken to use). When I blended the ingredients for the peanut sauce I initially felt like I’d used too much liquid and it was too thin.

So naturally, I added more peanut butter.

And I may have overdone it a bit. So, note to self and to the reader:

If the sauce seems a bit thin, it WILL thicken up when you cook it.

Add peanut butter sparingly

Here’s how it looked when I was finished:


The verdict

Recipe Rating

Flavor: 3 out of 5 stars : Only because I used way too much damn peanut butter. AND for my taste I would’ve added more spice

Family Friendliness: 5 out of 5: How do you get your kids to eat chicken? Cover it with peanut butter. Seriously though, I think everyone would enjoy this recipe. Simply adjust the spice factor to desired levels. Although the title says “spicy” I found it to be very mild.

Not nearly as spicy as the turkey stuffed twice baked sweet potatoes from a few weeks back.

Ease of Preparation: 5 out of 5: Easy peasy. If you can use a skillet and a blender, you can rock this recipe. Just take it easy on the peanut butter

Healthy-Ness: 4 out of 5: The only reason this gets a 4 is because of the fat content of the peanut butter. The calories can add up quickly if you go a little gonzo like I did. Distribute your sauce sparingly!


Do you have a favorite “takeout alternative” recipe? Share in the comments below! 

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