Main Dishes Recipes — By Ben on 10 February 2009
Peanut butter bbq chicken


[donotprint]Maybe you have noticed that most of the dinners I prepared are not too complicated. That’s because I try not to make dinner the biggest meal of the day (that would be breakfast right after my workout) and because I cook at least 2 meals almost everyday. As much as I love cooking I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. That’s why I am always in the lookout for easy and quick dinners.

This recipe is a very good example of this. I spent only about 10 minutes making the peanut butter bbq sauce. After that the chicken marinated for 5 hours in the fridge and baked for one hour while I did  the things that I do when I am not cooking. That’s just the way I like my dinners.[/donotprint]

Peanut butter bbq chicken
Makes 3 big servings

The ingredients:

  • 3 chicken legs (drumsticks and thigs)
  • 4 TBSP peanut butter (the kinda that hasn’t been recalled, just to be safe)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 to 2 TBSP hot sauce (Tabasco or similar)
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • other spices as desired

The how-to:

  1. In a small sauce pot mix peanut butter, vinegar, hot sauce and brown sugar and heat over medium-high heat. Stirr constantly until the sauce starts to thicken.
  2. Rub chicken with salt, pepper and spices and put in a large container. Pour peanut butter sauce over it and spread evenly all around. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Overnight works better.
  3. Put chicken in a baking dish, cover with foil and bake at 250°F (120°C) for approximately one hour.
  4. When cooked let it rest for 10 minutes before serving and enjoy!

The afterthoughts:

  • I don’t think there is anything I would change on this recipe. It is easy. It uses a very few ingredients available in almost every kitchen and it is very tasty. Just add more hot sauce if you’d like it hotter.


¡Buen provecho!


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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(18) Readers Comments

  1. Love it! Nice and simple recipe Ben, I’ll be making my own version soon for sure.

  2. This looks intriguing. Maybe my kids will like it better than the peanut butter noodles recipe I posted today, which they disdained even though my husband and I really liked it!

  3. Ben. what an exciting way to flavor BBQ. Never even occured to me to add PB. I bet the taste was fantastic. I like PB, can you tell? You are so right about not allowing your passion of cooking or baking to become a chore. Once it does, it stops being a passion. Good for you. That’s exactly how I see it. Same thing with the blogging.

  4. I need to get in the habit of eating bigger breakfasts and smaller dinners. I guess you can train yourself to be hungrier in the morning than at night. I like the peanut butter chicken. I don’t recall seeing you post peanut butter recipes before.

  5. Seems we have the same approach to dinner. I prefer a lighter meal in the evening too and this one is perfect for that! It’s one of the reasons I love Thai or Asian satay too—flavorful sauces, a bit of protein and some vegetables do just fine in my kitchen.

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  7. you sure you don’t want to use tainted peanut butter? come on, ben…

    this looks interesting andi’m sure it worked well together – flavor-wise. i could also see putting in a dab of red curry paste instead of the hot sauce. delicioso!

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