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Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Savory Peanut Sauce

Photo: Daniel Agee

Active time 20 mins
Total time 35 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 chicken thighs and 3 Tbsp. sauce)

This twist on the traditional Asian chicken dish has a very unique flavor, largely due to the use of peanut butter cups as the central flavoring agent. That's right, we created a rich sauce using a blend of soy, rice wine vinegar, seasonings, and chocolate-peanut butter cups.


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 25 miniature peanut butter cups or 8 full-size (such as Reese’s)
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced

How to Make It

  1. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients (through peanut butter cups) in a blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until simmering, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

  2. Thread chicken thighs onto wooden skewers. Brush chicken evenly with sesame oil and sprinkle with black pepper. Cook over high heat on a grill pan or grill for 5 minutes on each side or until done. Divide chicken thighs among 4 plates; drizzle each with 3 tablespoons of the peanut sauce. Sprinkle servings with mint, cilantro, and jalapeno slices. Serve immediately.