Grilled Chicken Marinade With An Oriental Flair

A Grilled Chicken Marinade that utilizes peanut butter! It also features a peanut sauce to give the grilled chicken breasts dish an oriental flair. You can use the peanut sauce for lots of different things, including salads!

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Make a large batch of the peanut sauce just to have on hand – you will find yourself using it for any number of things. The coconut milk and ginger give it an exotic Thai flavor.

You can use your favorite brand of peanut butter in your grilled chicken marinade, and you can use creamy or crunchy, but it’s probably better to use the creamy for the marinade so the small pieces of peanut don’t stick to the grill and burn.

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Grilled chicken Breasts With Peanut Butter Grilled Chicken Marinade

Peanut butter in this marinade is the bomb! It's the peanut sauce that adds the oriental flair though. Something really different for your next backyard BBQ. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Oriental
Servings: 8
Calories: 240 kcal
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
For the Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Peanut Sauce:
  • 1 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced 2 teaspoons fresh gingerroot, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 green onions chopped - for garnish
  1. Make the peanut sauce ahead of time so it has time for all the flavors to blend. The sauce needs to be cooked for a few minutes, and then cooled before it gets refrigerated.
  2. Whisk together the peanut butter and the coconut milk. When they are well combined, add the lime juice, minced garlic and minced ginger, and finally the soy sauce, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Bring the ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.
  3. Whisk in the chicken stock and whipping cream. Continue stirring until all the ingredients have blended, about 1 or 2 minutes. Set the sauce aside to cool and then refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  4. To make the marinade, combine the peanut butter with the soy sauce and fresh lime juice. When those ingredients are well blended, add the olive oil, minced garlic, cayenne pepper and salt.
  5. Combine the marinade with the chicken breasts in a large baggie or covered container and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  6. The chicken can also be marinated overnight - the fresh lime juice will act as a tenderizer, keeping the chicken moist. It will also lightly pickle the chicken, so don't be alarmed by a change in color.
  7. Light a charcoal barbecue or gas grill.
  8. Grill the marinated chicken breasts, turning once, until they are cooked through, to an internal temperature of 180F.
  9. Remove the chicken breasts to a warm platter and pour some of the peanut sauce over each one. Garnish with the chopped green onions.

Food For Thought – One of my favorite alternates to this recipe is a Thai noodle and chicken dish.

Just marinate and cook the chicken breasts as described above, and when they are cool enough to handle, cut them into bit sized pieces.

Toss cooked spaghetti or angel hair pasta with the peanut sauce and add the grilled chicken breasts.

Sprinkle the chopped green onions over the top.

This is great served at room temperature, so it is a natural for a buffet or picnic.

Good To Know – You can ramp the Thai flavors by adding 1 tablespoon of chili garlic paste in place of the cayenne in both the marinade and the peanut sauce, and substitute 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in place of the olive oil in the marinade.

Add a little minced ginger to the marinade and some chopped cilantro to both of the mixtures. Look for fresh purple or Thai basil for an authentic and pretty garnish.

Give ThisĀ Grilled Chicken Marinade A Try!

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