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serving of Caribbean peanut chicken.

Caribbean Peanut Chicken

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Longing for a break in the Carribean? You can have one in your kitchen too with this tasty one pot Caribbean Peanut Chicken.



Marinated Chicken

  • 15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 12g (2 tbsp) curry powder
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 900g (2lbs) chicken breasts, chopped

Peanut Butter Chicken and Rice

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 300g (2) onions, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 200g (2) tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 6g (1 tsp) salt
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) smooth peanut butter
  • 450g (1lb) white long grain rice
  • 675ml (2½ cups) chicken stock
  • lime juice, to taste
  • fresh cilantro, for garnishing


  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and stir in the chicken. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 3 hours. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish.
  3. Brown the marinated chicken in batches and then set aside.  
  4. Add the onions and fry over a medium heat for 5 minutes or until softened and translucent.
  5. Add the chilli, tomatoes and salt, and continue to stir every now and then for another 5 minutes. 
  6. Stir in the peanut butter and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  7. Tip in the rice, stock and chicken. Give it a good stir, then let it reach a slow simmer. 
  8. Cover with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked. Give it a stir once in a while just to ensure that the bottom doesn’t stick. If it seems a bit dry, add a splash of water, if needed.
  9. Use a fork to fluff up the rice, sprinkle with lime juice as you see fit, and garnish with cilantro. I served mine with green beans. Enjoy!


  • You can make this dish healthier by using brown rice but it will need a longer cooking time. 
  • For more succulence, use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pan Fry
  • Cuisine: Caribbean

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