Thai Chicken and Peanut Slaw

Now that I am home from Boston and cooking again, I decided that it was time to conquer an Asian dish for my Challenging Cuisine Challenge.  It has been very difficult to find authentic Asian ingredients at my local grocery store.  I am in the process of trying to find an Asian grocery store in the area. Meanwhile, I came up with a recipe that used some more familiar ingredients.  I am starting out a bit easy, but it’s better than nothing – and better than out of a box!

Thai peanut chicken dishes are some of my favorite – just last week I ate at the Brown Sugar Cafe in Boston and had the chicken satay.  I didn’t feel like digging out the skewers, so I made a grilled chicken instead of satay, but the flavors are similar.  All things considered, I was pleased with how it turned out.  My husband liked it too (which is always a good thing).

Thai Chicken Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pound boneless chicken tenders, trimmed of any visible fat

Peanut Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 – 14 ounce can of light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of Thai sweet chili sauce

Peanut Slaw Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 10 ounces of snap peas, thinly sliced
  • 14 ounces shredded cabbage and carrots (I had a bag of cole slaw mix on hand, so I used that)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roughly chopped


First, prepare the marinade for the chicken – combine the garlic, ginger, cilantro, sugar, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar in a large bowl.  Add the chicken, tossing to coat evenly.  Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the peanut slaw.  Mix the ginger, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, and mayonnaise in a medium bowl.  Whisk the ingredients together until a creamy sauce forms.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the snap peas, shredded cabbage and carrots, and peanuts.  Pour the sauce over the mixture and toss to coat evenly.  Refrigerate to let the flavors combine.

In a small sauce pan, saute the minced ginger (for the sauce) in the peanut oil over medium-low heat.  Once the ginger has cooked for 2-3 minutes, add the brown sugar, stirring to combine and allowing the sugar to begin to melt.  Add the soy sauce to fully dissolve the sugar. Add the coconut milk, peanut butter, and Thai sweet chili sauce.  Stir to combine all of the ingredients and bring to a soft boil.  Reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally while preparing the chicken.

Liberally spray a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat.  Grill the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side, ensuring that the chicken is cooked through (to 165°F).

Serve the chicken on a platter with the peanut sauce on the side.  Garnish the chicken and the slaw with additional chopped cilantro, if desired.

The recipe yielded more sauce than I needed, so I saved the leftovers in the refrigerator – I think I might try making a noodle dish with the remaining sauce.

11 Responses to Thai Chicken and Peanut Slaw

  1. That looks incredible! I love Thai food, and I adore peanut sauce on chicken, beef and salad. Don’t you love Thai sweet chili sauce? I use it on fried shimp but not in my peanut sauce. That may be what it has been missing. Thank you for posting!!!

  2. My daugher and I are addicted to anything with a peanut sauce. I have memories of the first time in San Francisco – being taken out for cold noodles with peanut sauce and thinking “really,” okay long story. I am definnitely making this.

  3. These are both excellent recipes, but I am especially impressed with the cole slaw dressing…GREAT IDEA! It is a MUST TRY…also.. a bit off the subject but I notice that you live in Boston and it looks as though you enjoy Italian Food..I found “Grotto” to be a wonderful restaurant when I was there, located in Beacon Hill..You have probably already dined there, but I just wanted to mention it…My very favorite restaurant EVER, is Oleana in Cambridge….You can tell that I SO wish that I could live in Boston, as I absolutely loved it…Such a great culinary city as well…

  4. sounds amzing! wow! I’m sure you can find an authentic asian grocery store…just look for one that has lots of asian customers! or you can ask around some asian friends! Here in the mid-atlantic we have a chain asian store called H-mart, and Great wall…maybe you can find them there in boston, too.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t live in Boston… I was just visiting there last week. Instead, I live in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania… So, finding an Asian market has proved somewhat difficult. I haven’t given up yet, though.

  5. I am so excited to try this. My sister-in-law and I love going for Thai and trying Thai recipes in the kitchen together as well. She is coming next weekend so this will be a fun new recipe for us to try together. The slaw looks so crispy and fresh, my mouth is watering. :) Thank you for sharing.