Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

Healthy Thai peanut chicken curry made with chicken thigh, chickpeas, peanut butter, and coconut milk. This super nutritious, one-pan meal is jam packed with flavor and protein. Ready in under 30 minutes, this is the easiest healthy dinner! You can even meal prep this recipe.

healthy thai peanut chicken curry

The Best Ever Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

There is just something about the cold weather and curry that go together. I honestly just crave a warm, cozy bowl of chili or curry on chilly Fall and Winter days. It is the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a book, and a bowl of this hearty Thai peanut butter curry.

I have been eating curry for as long as I can remember. It was my favorite cold-weather dinner as a kid. Store-bought and restaurant curry are great and all, don’t get me wrong, but nothing, I repeat, nothing beats a warm bowl of homemade curry. The warm spices and creaminess from the coconut milk and peanut butter are delightful.

So, you can probably tell by now that I have had my fair share of curries. But let me just tell you…. this right here is the BEST peanut butter curry I have ever eaten. It is light, yet warms the soul; it’s hearty and rich, yet nutrient-rich. This homemade nutritious healthy Thai peanut chicken curry is simply the perfect healthy dinner or lunch!

Personally, I love to make a huge batch on a Sunday, enjoy a delicious bowl for dinner, and then save the rest for meal prep! I’m telling you, whether you are making this for a healthy family dinner or meal prepping like me, you have got to try this easy recipe for the best ever healthy Thai peanut chicken curry!

healthy thai peanut chicken curry

Ingredients Used for Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

You’ll only need a handful, simple ingredients to get this easy recipe going! I am all about simplicity and ease, so don’t worry, you won’t need to go to the supermarket and buy a lot of expensive ingredients and spices. You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already. For this easy dinner recipe, you’ll need some fresh vegetables, chicken thighs, chickpeas, and, of course, some delicious spices!

Olive or Avocado oil: We’ll use some avocado or olive oil to sauté the red onion and green bell pepper.

Chicken Thigh: The perfect source of protein for this meal.

Red onion: 1 small red onion diced up however big you want! I love mine to be on the thicker side.

Garlic: I mean garlic is a must! I love a little extra honestly… if you are using pre-minced garlic I recommend 2 Tablespoons, if not, 3 cloves.

Broccoli: The perfect fresh vegetable, adding vitamin C and lots of nutrients.

Unsweetened Coconut Milk: Necessary to make this curry creamy and hearty.

Vegetable Broth or Water: Key for the consistency of this curry!

Chickpeas: The perfect additional source of plant-based protein.

Tomato Paste: Necessary to thicken this curry up, making it creamy and delicious!

Creamy Peanut Butter: The shinning star in this dish; key for the flavor!

Lime: The perfect dash of acidity this creamy dish needs.

Spices: We’ll be using paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, ground ginger, salt, and pepper. You can add some red chili flakes too!

Baby Spinach: Load up on your fresh vegetables and vitamins without even knowing!

Fresh Cilantro: The perfect touch to this flavor packed healthy curry.

Sides: I love serving my Thai peanut curry with jasmine rice, brown rice, or quinoa!

Toppings options: Fresh cilantro, crushed up peanuts, or cashews!

Easy Ingredient Substitutions for Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry.

You guys probably know by now that I love simple and easy recipes! If you don’t love every ingredient in this one, I am here to help you out with a list of the very best substitutions!

Don’t like Chicken? Don’t worry! Just leave it out and add another can of chickpeas!

Don’t have broccoli? No worries! You can use cauliflower too!

Don’t have a red onion? Just use a yellow one!

Don’t have cilantro? No worries! You can used dried coriander. Simply use 1 tsp.

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What you’ll need to make healthy peanut curry

For this easy recipe, you’ll only need a couple of kitchen tools making the clean up super easy! Plus you only need a big pot to cook this delicious healthy curry, how easy is that?!

  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Large deep 12-inch skillet or large pot
  • Stirring utensil
  • Measuring tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup

How to Make the Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

My favorite thing about this simple and easy healthy chili recipe (besides the taste of course) is how easy it is to make! You do not need an instant pot or any fancy kitchen equipment. Plus, this recipe takes less than 60 minutes from start to finish!

First, let’s prepare the skinless chicken thighs by trimming off excess fat or cartilage with your knife and cutting them into bite-sized cubes.

Once your chicken is ready, add in the avocado or olive oil into a deep 12-inch skillet or a large pot over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Add in your chicken and let it sear for 3 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over, add in roughly diced red onion, minced garlic, and broccoli florets and saute for additional 3-5 minutes until onions soften.

Next, add in the paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, ginger, red chili flakes (optional), salt, and pepper. Stir for 30 seconds until fully combined.
Then add in the coconut milk, vegetable broth (or water), drained and rinsed chickpeas, tomato paste, peanut butter, and lime juice. Let the curry simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, then add in cilantro and baby spinach. And let simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Garnish with cilantro and crushed peanuts. I love to serve with jasmine rice, brown rice, or quinoa.

Enjoy the best every healthy Thai peanut butter chicken curry!

healthy thai peanut chicken curry

How to store extra healthy peanut butter curry

Make extra? No worries, this is actually the best meal prep recipe ever! I love to save my extras in a sealed airtight container in the fridge. You can save any extras up to 5 days!

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Healthy Thai Peanut Chicken Curry


  • Author: Tati Chermayeff
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy Thai peanut chicken curry made with nutritious ingredients like chickpeas, peanut butter, and coconut milk. This 30-minute one-pan meal is jam-packed with protein and flavor. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb skinless chicken thigh, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium red onion, roughly diced
  • 23 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups broccoli, medium florets
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes, optional
  • 1 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper, more to taste
  • 1 can (15 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Prepare your skinless chicken thighs into cubes; trimming off excess fat or cartilage with your knife.
  2. Add avocado or olive oil into a deep 12-inch skillet or a large pot over medium-high heat on stovetop. Add in chicken and let sear for 3 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over, add in roughly diced red onion, minced garlic, and broccoli florets and saute for additional 3-5 minutes until onions soften.
  3. Next, add in the paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, ginger, red chili flakes (optional), salt, and pepper. Stir for 30 seconds until fully combined.
  4. Then add in coconut milk, vegetable broth (or water), drained and rinsed chickpeas, tomato paste, peanut butter, and lime juice. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, then add in cilantro and baby spinach. Simmer for additional 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary. 
  5. Garnish with cilantro and peanuts. Great with jasmine, brown rice, or quinoa. Enjoy!
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: healthy dinner, Thai curry, healthy curry, peanut butter, peanut butter curry, healthy peanut butter curry, dairy free, chicken thigh, coconut milk, cilantro, healthy curry, healthy dinner, healthy lunch

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12 Comments
  • Lea K
    Posted at 18:01h, 04 January Reply

    Made this with my roommates and it was incredible!! So creamy, fresh and surprisingly healthy.

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 10:38h, 17 January Reply

      Lea, I am so excited to hear this!! This healthy peanut curry is so easy and delicious.

  • Haley Houchin
    Posted at 20:19h, 05 January Reply

    This recipe was so easy to make and I loved all of the flavors! Thank you for the inspo!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 10:38h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Haley! I am so excited to hear this. I am a huge fan myself 🙂

  • Libby M
    Posted at 19:25h, 08 January Reply

    Tried this recipe and it was absolutely amazing! The chicken turned out super flavorful and was not too difficult/complicated to make. Ty for the recipe!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 10:39h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Libby! So happy to hear this. You made my day! I love how easy and flavorful this recipe is too 🙂

  • Audrey
    Posted at 14:38h, 10 January Reply

    Really loved the flavors in this recipe! Definitely one of my favorite recipes I’ve found through Instagram. Would recommend trying!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 10:49h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Audrey! Thrilled to hear this; I absolutely love the creamy peanut flavors. Healthy, nutritious, and delicious! Thank you 🙂

  • Jennie Lights
    Posted at 10:23h, 09 February Reply

    SOOOO good! I am really impressed how little time and ingredients this recipe calls for, but there is such a strong depth of flavor.

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 15:57h, 19 February Reply

      Jennie, thank you for your comment! So happy to hear this.

  • Wendy Swan
    Posted at 15:07h, 13 March Reply

    Oh so yummy! Loving this, can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • Tati Chermayeff
      Posted at 15:32h, 13 March Reply

      Totally agree with you! I love this creamy curry. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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