Ground Thai Peanut Chicken

Ground Thai Peanut Chicken is an easy homemade version of a classic takeout dish with rich peanut sauce made with peanut butter, soy sauce, and brown sugar.

This simple Dinner Recipe has similar ingredients and flavors to Baked Thai Peanut Chicken, but this version is made in one pan on the stovetop in under 15 minutes. It truly doesn’t get any easier!

Ground Thai Peanut Chicken in skillet


This simple and delicious recipe for Ground Thai Peanut Chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner to make in a hurry. All you have to do is whisk together the sweet and slightly spicy peanut sauce, then cook the ground chicken in a pan and pour the sauce over the top. The chicken comes out sticky, tangy, and tender with hardly any effort. 

Using the ground chicken makes this a slightly lightened version of classic Thai chicken recipes. For more lightened up homemade Asian dishes try Ground Sweet and Sour Chicken and Ground Orange Chicken. They all come out just as delicious and kid-friendly as your favorite takeout but are a little healthier. This dish also uses cornstarch to thicken up the sauce instead of flour so it’s completely gluten-free. 


When it comes to adding sides to make this a more filling meal there are lots of options for how you serve it. Firstly, you can always toss some chopped vegetables in the pan to cook along with the chicken like a stir fry. Of course, making some sticky brown or White Rice is always great to serve your chicken over. You can also prep a Noodle Salad to serve on the side. 

Another classic Thai dish is chicken lettuce wraps. You can serve this Peanut Chicken inside of delicious lettuce to make easy, homemade lettuce wraps. 



  • Sauce: In a bowl combine ginger, garlic powder, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and sriracha to make the sauce. It will take some work to get the peanut butter mixed in, but just keep whisking it together until well combined. 
  • Cornstarch: In a separate bowl combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water. Let the cornstarch dissolve in the water and set aside. 
  • Cook: Add a tablespoon of oil and the ground chicken to a large pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken until the chicken starts to form a crisp crust. Use a spatula to break apart the ground chicken and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Make sure there is no pink chicken remaining. Once the chicken is cooked add the peanut sauce and bring it to a boil. Add in the cornstarch mixture and stir it for a few seconds until the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat and serve with rice.

Ground Thai Peanut Chicken on plate with brown rice


  • Meat: You can use this same peanut sauce over other kinds of meat besides chicken. Try using ground turkey, ground pork, or ground beef. 
  • Crunchy Peanuts: To add a nice crunchy texture to the chicken mixture either use crunchy peanut butter or just add in crushed peanuts at the same time you add the sauce. 
  • Spicy Chicken: To add some heat to the chicken recipe try mixing in some extra sriracha sauce or sprinkling in some red pepper flakes. 



  • Serve: You can keep Thai Peanut Chicken at room temperature for up to 2 hours. 
  • Store: The cooked Ground Chicken will stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days. Wait for the chicken to cool then store it in an airtight container. 
  • Freeze: This is also a great recipe to freeze and save for later. You can keep the frozen chicken for up to 4 months. When you’re ready to reheat the chicken let it first defrost in the fridge. 

Ground Thai Peanut Chicken on plate with brown rice

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Ground Thai Peanut Chicken

Ground Thai Peanut Chicken is an easy homemade version of a classic takeout dish with rich peanut sauce made with peanut butter, soy sauce, and brown sugar.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Ground Thai Peanut Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 185 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. To make the sauce combine the ginger, garlic powder, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and sriracha.
  2. To make the cornstarch mixture, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in the remaining 1 tablespoon of water and set aside.
  3. To a large pan add 1 tablespoon oil and ground chicken.
  4. Cook until a good crust forms before breaking apart, then finish cooking by breaking it apart with a spatula and cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  5. Once the chicken is cooked add sauce and bring it to boil.
  6. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and cook for just a few seconds, stirring until it thickens.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Ground Thai Peanut Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 248mg11%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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