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I like to think that I’m normally a pretty giving person. Even as a child, I always had that “peacekeeper” mentality.

So when it comes to food, I’m normally a team player. If everyone is not going to like it – or I guess I should say if my husband and I aren’t both going to like it – I usually don’t make it.

But every once in awhile, I just want to be selfish.

Josh is mostly a pretty easy guy to feed. But there are a few things that he doesn’t care for. One of those being anything spicy. Or any savory dish with peanut butter. But I love spicy. And I love peanut butter dishes.

So I decided to be selfish one night and make something that I knew no one else would touch.

And, well, I was totally ok with that, because this was so good that I nearly ate all of it myself over the course of a few days. In fact, I kind of felt bad for my family that they were missing out on this, because it was seriously one of the best things I have made recently.

And bonus? It only takes about 5 minutes to throw together. I’m thinking I may need to be selfish a little more often, now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Spicy Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken
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A little bit spicy and full of flavor, this peanut chicken doesn't get much easier!
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • chopped peanuts, for serving
  • chopped cilantro, for serving
  • prepared rice, for serving
  1. Spray a 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the chicken. Add in the onion, tomatoes with green chiles, diced tomatoes, honey, cumin, red pepper and cinnamon.
  2. Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken and shred into large chunks. Return to the slow cooker and add the peanut butter. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve the chicken over rice, topped with chopped peanuts and chopped cilantro.

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37 Responses to Spicy Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken

  1. Rosa says:

    That must taste good! A great combo.



  2. This does look good! I’m with you on this one. If I lived in your house, I think we would have had to share… Good thing for you that I don’t! Ha ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I know what you mean by being selfish with a dish like this – I would make this for me and me alone. Last week I made chicken tikka masala thinking Paul would like it and he didn’t really care for it. So I froze most of the sauce to have later on. Win-win, I guess? I love this peanut chicken!

  4. I love that you made a meal for yourself. This sounds like a wonderfully delicious one — and then hopefully you could enjoy the leftovers too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. kelley says:

    It would be the same in my house. If I made it, I’d be the only one to eat it. It looks so good though. And I LOVE that it’s made in the slow cooker. It’s my best friend on busy days!

  6. I have the same problem in my house when it comes to spicy food, but my husband loves peanuts, so I’m guessing he’d be happy with this tasty meal!

  7. Tracey says:

    I can totally relate. My husband is definitely a picky eater so I save a lot of recipes that I know he won’t touch and wait until he’s out to make them for myself. Love those nights ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks amazing, I love peanut chicken!

  8. I love peanut chicken! (Sometimes it’s ok to be selfish ;)).

  9. Completely understand. Sometimes cooking for yourself is the best thing to do! And hello, look at what comes out! Love this dish!

  10. Joanne says:

    the.boy doesn’t like spicy foods either but I keep forcing them on him. Maybe it’s mean but…I figure eventually he’ll build up a tolerance, right? Spicy and peanut butter sound so good to me!

  11. Bree says:

    Sounds awesome and perfectly okay to be selfish once in a while!

  12. It’s ok to be selfish sometimes! My selfish meals are entree salads for dinner. My man will eat them but of course he would prefer steak and potatoes! And I love everything about this dish! One of our absolute favorite go to meals is a peanut butter pork in the crock-pot! It isn’t spicy so I should give this dish a try next time I am craving peanut butter dish!

  13. Emily says:

    I love spicy AND peanut–this will definitely be added to my slow cooker recipe collection.

  14. Karly says:

    I get a little selfish in the kitchen every now and then too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This looks amazing!

  15. dena says:

    Chicken, slow-cooker, spicy and easy … could I ask for anything more, except maybe someone else putting it together? This will be my sunday dinner! Thanks!

  16. Ashley says:

    Ooh! This sounds like it’s right up my alley (and my husband’s, thank goodness). Definitely trying this one out soon!

  17. whenever I hear and see spicy and peanut I’m already a huge fan.
    the amount of thai style chicken and noodle dishes I make are absurd.
    i must eat peanuts everyday–I love them so.
    I hear mixed reviews on whether they are good or bad for you; I tend to ignore all that.
    This dish sounds so good Deb
    Happy Weekend!

  18. Wendy says:

    My problem with slow cooker recipes is that they always smell amazing while cooking but the finished product lacks flavor. This recipe looks like it has plenty of ingredients that would add flavor to a delicious meal. I will give it a try. Thanks!

  19. Patsy says:

    I can imagine I might be making this mostly for myself as well… and, it sounds like I’d love it for lunch, too!

  20. jen says:

    This recipe looks great. I found your site a couple of weeks ago and everything i have tried has been a hit so far! Thank- you!

    Quick question – for this recipe, do you use regular (sugar added, processed peanut butter), or the natural unsweetened kind? Thanks! Looking forward to trying it.

    • Deborah says:

      I’m so glad you have loved the recipes!!

      For this one, I used just the regular peanut butter – like Jif or Skippy. I loved this one and hope that you do, too!

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