Sweet Chili Chicken with Peanut Dipping Sauce

May 9, 2012Katie


So, this has become a regular in our household of late and it’s super easy and quick to make for, oh, say our 10 or more young adults and teens that congregate at our house Sunday after church. The sauce, OH the sauce!! We could seriously put a straw in it – it’s that good!

We usually just grill the chicken breasts and thighs but you can also buy the chicken tenderloins and skewer them and make a quick chicken satay that looks really fun for parties. We have a fantastic asian market here in OKC, but I think most of these ingredients can be found now at your regular grocery store. We seem to cook in mass quantities at our house, so skewers are sometimes just a bother. So, here ya go…

The Ingredients of Love: Boneless chicken breasts, tenderloin strips or thighs (not pictured – sorry!) sweet asian chili sauce, peanut butter, water, vinegar,fresh ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, brown sugar, white sugar, chili oil, olive oilTake your chicken, put it in a gallon size Ziploc bag or a large, flat dish will do as well. Pour the bottle of sweet asian chili sauce over the chicken. If you’ve never tried this stuff…it’s great to marinate in, use as a glaze, or stand alone as a dip for pork, chicken or shrimp. It’s sweet but has a nice, asian, zingy-kick to it. We always try to have a bottle on hand for a quick marinade before we grill chicken or pork tenderloin. There are various brands and they are usually available at any grocer. Just look for “sweet chili sauce”.

Pour enough of this to coat your chicken, zip the bag shut, and squish it around with your hands until well-coated. I wish I had thought to take a picture of me squishing the chicken – but did I mention that this was cooked with a LOT of kids at our house, so who thinks at a time like that? Grill your chicken on your outdoor BBQ – again…no picture…sigh. Our sons have become ace grillers, MUCH better than me – I burn everything as I leave the grilling station to do other things!

While someone else is grilling the chicken, Tori made the peanut dipping sauce. Tori and her boyfriend Trey love this stuff and she willingly makes it whenever we make chicken! Start by grating the fresh ginger. OR, you can chop it very fine, but I love kitchen gadgets and this Microplane grater is my new fav:

Ginger freezes wonderfully and stays good forever in the freezer and when you take it out frozen, it grates into perfectly little gingery crystals. Try it!

Now measure out 1/2 c. peanut butter, 1/3 c water, 2 T. vinegar, 1/4 c. soy sauce, 1 t. olive oil, 1/2 t. sesame seeds, and 1/4 t. red pepper flakes into a small-medium saucepan and turn on medium-low heat. We usually double this recipe as it keeps well and we love it so much. Stir with a whisk until smooth and creamy.
Mmmmm..the smell…oh gosh! Oh GOSH!

Now pour this yummy goodness into a bowl warm and serve with your freshly grilled chicken. Mmmmmm…..SO good!
Sweet Chili Chicken with Peanut Dipping Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8
  • 8 Chicken -boneless, skinless thighs, tenders or breasts
  • 1 c. Sweet chili sauce
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon chili oil
  • ½ teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. In a Ziploc bag, marinate CHICKEN 1 -2 hours.
  2. Grill as usual on BBQ grill.
  3. In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients for the Peanut Dipping Sauce over low heat until heated through.
  4. Serve with chicken.

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