Chicken with Peanut-Butter Barbecue Sauce

Chicken with Peanut-Butter Barbecue SauceRecipe
Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

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Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 3 Hours, 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 410
Fat 30 g
Satfat 7 g
Protein 23 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 96 mg
Sodium 924 mg


2 tablespoons olive oil
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, about 2 3/4 lb. total, trimmed of excess fat
Salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (not natural or old-fashioned)


1. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to skillet in a single layer (work in batches if necessary). Cook, turning frequently, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove to a slow cooker. Repeat with remaining chicken.

2. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. fat from skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute longer. Add barbecue sauce and peanut butter. Stir, scraping up browned bits on the bottom of the pan, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour sauce over chicken and stir to coat.

3. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours on low. Uncover, set temperature to high and cook, turning chicken frequently, until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Serve.