Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

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This may not be the more traditional style of Thai Peanut Chicken, but oh man, is this delicious!! Serve this recipe over a bed of warm bean threads with a side of broccoli, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful meal! It is one of our healthiest, most delicious chicken dishes and makes a great substitute for when you are craving unhealthier versions of Thai classics.

Chicken recipes are supposed to be healthy, but we all know there are plenty of ways to turn a lean piece of chicken into a a diet catastrophe. Unfortunately, too many people assume the only way to prevent chicken from tasting dry and bland is to load on thick, creamy sauces that are high in fat and calories. This Thai peanut chicken recipe dispels that myth and takes lean chicken to a whole new level.

Perhaps the most appealing thing about this recipe is the fact it can be prepared in a Slow Cooker. We all know what slow cooker cooking means – efficient and time saving! Meals in a slow cooker can be prepped in advance and warm and ready when dinner time arrives. Chances are you’ll even have leftovers for lunch the next day. Who are we kidding? Efficiency or not, the best thing about this recipe is the delicious taste!

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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Yields: 7 Servings (does not include bean threads) | Serving Size: 1/2 Cup | Calories: 196 | Fat: 7 g | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sodium: 120 g | Sugar: 0 g | Protein: 30 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2 |


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, raw (about 8 oz. each)
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk (canned)
  • 4 sticks dried lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts


  1. Pour the light coconut milk in to the slow cooker. Using a whisk, blend in the peanut butter until it is well dissolved in the milk.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in the milk, toss in the lemongrass and add the lime juice and zest over the top. (reserve the peanuts for after cooking)
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
  4. When finished cooking, shred the chicken with two forks and stir in the peanuts.
  5. Eat as it is or serve over a bed of bean threads as we did here (cooked to package directions)
  6. NOTE: Thai food typically has some kick to it. We did not add any hot spices for personal reasons. But you can certainly stir in some cayenne or other pepper to give it that kick that most people expect.

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10 Comments on "Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken"

  1. Lacbusybee  March 26, 2012

    To add more flavor and nutrition to this dish you can add shredded carrots, cucumber, romaine lettuce.   

    • Skinny Ms.  March 26, 2012

      Great suggestions Lacbusybee. Thank you

  2. Les  August 21, 2012

    Can this cook longer? I am usually out of the house 11 hours. I can set the crockpot to warm after 4 hours but it will still be pretty hot.

    • Skinny Ms.  August 21, 2012

      Les, 11 hours is a long time. It would probably still be warm but might get dried out. What about making this dish on your day off?

  3. Jenn  September 17, 2012

    Where do you get dried lemongrass?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 17, 2012

      Jenn, Asian markets and most Whole Food type stores. If you don't have any of these in your area, try lemon zest.

  4. Allison Beebe  September 24, 2012

    I actually found this in the herbs section of my local grocery store.

  5. Melissa  December 8, 2012

    I was really disappointed with this one. I feel it is missing ANY flavor really. Maybe more peanut butter would help? Curry? Tomato paste? No idea. I only have eaten thai food at one place and I get their pad thai and it is amazing, and I just felt this was very bland.

    • Melissa  December 8, 2012

      PS – If anyone knows what I can add to the rest to make it worth keeping and reheating please advise! I am thinking curry powder, but it will not be cooked in, just added to a warm dish. Concerned about that.


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