Chicken & Rice with Spicy Peanut Sauce

March 22, 2020

Dutch Oven Chicken & Rice with Spicy Peanut Sauce is a tasty meal that is easy to prepare in about 30 to 40 minutes, using bone in skin on chicken thighs. The spicy peanut sauce is made with sugar free peanut butter, siracha sauce, honey and ginger. This sauce is amazing on the chicken. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.For other quick family meal recipes click here.

Chicken and Rice on a plate

Prep time: 20 minutes 
Cook time: 40-45 minutes 
Serves: 4 

Chicken and rice on a plate

Spicy Peanut Sauce Ingredients: 

½ c. sugar-free peanut butter (creamy or chunky) 
1½ T. rice vinegar 
1 T. Sriracha sauce 
1 T. fresh ginger, finely minced 
1 T. honey, preferably local 
2 t. tamari or coconut aminos 
1-3 T. very warm water 
 
Remaining Ingredients: 
 
3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided 
1½ lbs. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, patted dry 
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste 
2 T. fresh ginger, finely chopped 
2-3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped 
½ medium white onion, finely chopped 
1 c. Basmati rice, thoroughly rinsed and drained 
1 T. tamari or coconut aminos 
½ T. five spice powder 
1¼ c. chicken broth 
1/3 c. fresh cilantro, chopped 

Chicken and rice on a plate

Directions: 

  1. Combine peanut butter, rice vinegar, sriracha sauce, ginger, honey, and tamari in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. If desired, add warm water, one tablespoon at a time, until sauce reaches desired consistency. Set aside. 
     
  1. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a 6-quart cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook until nicely browned and the chicken releases easily, approximately 7-8 minutes.  Turn the chicken thighs and cook for another 4-5 minutes before transferring the chicken to a platter. Set aside.  
     
  1. Add the remaining olive oil to the Dutch oven, along with the ginger, garlic, and white onion. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften and start to turn golden brown, approximately 4-5 minutes.   
     
  1. Add the Basmati rice and cook, stirring continually, until “toasted,” approximately 1-2 minutes. Add the tamari, five spice powder, and chicken broth and stir to combine before returning the browned chicken thighs to the pot. 
     
  1. Increase heat to medium-high to bring the liquid to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 25 minutes. Remove cover and check the rice for doneness. If necessary, continue cooking a few minutes longer or until the rice is tender. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes. 
     
  1.  Remove cover and transfer the chicken thighs to individual serving plates. Add the chopped cilantro and fluff the rice mixture with a fork. To serve, divide among the serving plates and top with some of the spicy peanut sauce. Enjoy! 
     
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