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Peanut Butter Chicken {Gluten-free}

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This gluten-free peanut butter pasta and chicken is another easy weeknight dinner that the family loves. Peanut butter chicken might sound odd, but it’s so good! I’ve been making this peanut butter chicken recipe for years now and I’m always hogging the leftovers when there are any!

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Pasta and Chicken - An easy and delicious dinner you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Does the idea of cooking with peanut butter and chicken sound odd to you? I’ve had many people tell me it does, but I think if you love peanut butter, you’ve got to give this meal a try! You can prepare and clean up this meal in less than 30 minutes!

Chicken and rice spaghetti noodles are coated with a sweet sauce made with peanut butter and honey. The result is probably like nothing you’ve had before, but so good! This is a very kid-friendly dish – my boys love it!

All you need is one skillet and one pot in order to make this peanut butter chicken. The prep and clean-up are easy, as I even serve the meal straight from the skillet to save on dishes. 

We are huge peanut butter fans around here. I have many gluten-free peanut butter recipes on the blog already, but this is the first “meal” involving peanut butter that I’ve shared. It will probably sound a little unusual, but I promise, it really is delicious!

You could even just make this without chicken, the peanut butter noodles are amazing by themselves too! If you want to do that, just follow all instructions below, just omitting the chicken steps.

Notes on ingredients for this peanut butter chicken and peanut butter noodles:

  • Peanut butter: My favorite peanut butter to use is Jif Natural Creamy. No, that isn’t a sponsored recommendation. Jif doesn’t know me, but I know Jif!!! It is the best peanut butter out there,  in my opinion! Feel free to substitute your favorite peanut butter in this recipe. You could even use chunky peanut butter if you’d like to add that crunch!
  • I prefer to use rice spaghetti noodles as the gluten-free pasta in these. I’ve tried it with corn noodles, but I feel like the rice pasta is better. I recommend Jovial brand or Trader Joe’s brand.
  • Chicken – I usually use boneless, skinless chicken tenders. You could also cut larger chicken breasts up into strips or chunks. Just try to make them more uniform in size so they cook evenly.
  • Chicken Broth- Be sure to use a chicken broth that is clearly labeled gluten-free, or use your own homemade chicken stock. I use Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Broth.
  • Honey – Any is fine here – I use a local raw honey sometimes, and other times just honey from a big jug from Costco.
  • Garlic – I think the garlic is necessary for the overall flavor of this dish. If you’d prefer, use minced garlic from a jar if you don’t have fresh garlic. In a pinch, feel free to use some onion instead of garlic.

If you would like to add some heat to this dish, you can add some curry powder or red pepper flakes to the skillet when you add the sauce. We aren’t into spicy around here, and prefer this dish to be on the sweeter side with the honey.

How to make peanut butter chicken:

  • Boil the gluten-free spaghetti noodles according to package directions.
  • While the noodles are boiling, get a large skillet going and cook the garlic in olive oil.
  • Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Push the chicken to one side of the skillet and pour the peanut butter sauce ingredients in the other side (broth, honey, peanut butter). Use a rubber spatula or silicone whisk to mix the sauce in the pan.
  • Stir into the chicken. Let it simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, until the sauce is thick and smooth.
  • Stir in the pre-cooked noodles until coated well, then serve!

What to serve with this gluten-free peanut butter chicken recipe:

Since this is already grain and protein heavy, I usually just serve fresh fruit like pineapple on the side and also an easy vegetable like broccoli, asparagus or sugar snap peas. Then we have a complete meal!

I think once you make this peanut butter sauce for chicken, you’ll be craving it like I do! Enjoy!

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Pasta and Chicken - This is an easy and delicious meal that you can have ready in under 30 minutes!

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe:

Yield: 4-5 servings

Peanut Butter Chicken {Gluten-free}

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Pasta and Chicken - An easy and delicious dinner you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Peanut butter chicken might sound odd, but it's so good! I've been making this peanut butter chicken recipe for years now and I'm always hogging the leftovers when there are any!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. gluten-free rice spaghetti noodles
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or peanut oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips or chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (gluten-free, recommend Pacific brand)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky, recommend Jif natural)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring water to boil and cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. When noodles are cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the garlic in the oil for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. When the chicken is cooked, use spatula to push to one side of skillet. On other side of skillet, add the chicken broth, honey, and peanut butter. Use a rubber spatula or silicone whisk to mix the sauce in the pan. Once it starts to come together, stir it into the chicken.
  5. At this point you are going to think you did something wrong, because you will have a gritty, curdled looking mess. Trust me, it will smooth out as it sits and simmers. Simmer over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes. Sauce will become thick and smooth.
  6. Stir in the pre-cooked spaghetti noodles until coated well. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

If you would like to add some heat to this dish, you can add some curry powder or red pepper flakes to the skillet when you add the sauce.

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

Thursday 30th of January 2014

My aunt used to make something like this and I always devoured it!! Yum!!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Thursday 30th of January 2014

How fun! I'm always trying to get dibs on the leftovers!