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!



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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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