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Thai Spicy Peanut Baked Chicken

Do you like a bit of heat in your recipes? This Thai peanut chicken is for you.

It is easy to make and has just the right amount of heat but is not too spicy.

This recipe is a great one for those who like chicken dishes with a kick.  It has a distinct Thai flavor and has just the right amount of spice. 

Thai Peanut Chicken

Thai Peanut Chicken

If you enjoy Thai cooking, be sure to check out my recipe for tamarind paste substitute. It’s an ingredient often called for in Thai recipes.

The rub for the chicken contains Sugar, peanuts, chili powder, onion, and salt and is easy to do. Just grind up the peanuts in a food processor (not too fine, it’s nice to have a bit of crunch.

The rub was easy to do. Nuts, chili powder, sugar and salt!

mix rub ingredientsI just combined finely chopped dry roasted, unsalted peanuts, chili powder, sugar, and salt together in a food processor to a gritty corn meal mixture.

Thai Rub mixture

The chicken was dipped first into skim milk and then into the peanut mixture.rub and skim milk

Place the coated pieces in a Pam sprayed oven proof casserole dish.  Oven is preheated to 350º F.coated chicken thighsCook the chicken for 30 minutes until the inside is no longer pink.

cooked chickenThis dish is delicious.  Spicy with a crunchy texture and so tender.  I served it with my recipe for Thai vegetable rice.  Be sure to make extra rice. It’s great to use in rice patties for another meal.

Easy and quick recipe, just perfect for a busy week night.

Serve this Thai peanut chicken with rice and a tossed salad and you have a great and easy week day dish that takes less than an hour to do. 

I used boneless chicken thighs from Whole foods that were free range and they were full of flavor and so moist.

thai spicy baked chicken

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Thai Spicy Peanut Baked Chicken

Thai Spicy Peanut Baked Chicken

This Thai spicy peanut baked chicken has just the right amount of heat and is very easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1/3 -1/2 cup of peanuts, pulsed in a food processor (depends on how much coating you want and how many calories!)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chili powder (depends on how spicy you like it)
  • 1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of Skim milk
  • 16 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken thighs I buy range free chicken pieces from Whole foods Market.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 º F.
  2. Put the peanuts in a food processor and grind until they have the consistency of bread crumbs.
  3. Add the sugar, chili powder and kosher salt.
  4. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Dip into the skim milk and then into the peanut mix.
  5. Place in an oven proof casserole dish that has been sprayed with Pam.
  6. Cook in a preheated oven for 30 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
  7. Serve with rice and a tossed salad.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 511mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 31g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Greg Rapport

Monday 26th of April 2021

The ingredients list says "1/3 -1/2 of peanuts" but it doesn't say 1/3 of what? a cup? a 10 oz jar? What's the ratio of peanut powder to chili powder? And can PB powder be substituted for whole peanuts?

Carol Speake

Monday 26th of April 2021

Thanks for letting me know about the typo. I've fixed it. It is 1/3 to 1/2 cup. I have not tried PB powder in this recipe but have used it in others. PB powder has a completely different texture than ground peanuts and far less flavor, so I would not recommend it.

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