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Peanut Ginger Chicken - A delicious change to the same 'ol grilled chicken!

I first made this fantastic Peanut Ginger Chicken recipe years ago – long before we started blogging and long before everyone could easily find recipes online!

Back then, I was just starting to develop a passion for cooking, and I used to clip and save recipes from magazines and newspapers that caught my eye.  I still have many of those clippings, and at the risk of dating myself, I clipped this Peanut Ginger Chicken recipe from the July 1997 issues of Better Homes and Gardens. (Eek – 19 years ago – I am old!) But this recipe is just as delicious today as it was back then!

Peanut Ginger Chicken - A delicious change to the same 'ol grilled chicken!

This recipe starts out by marinating chicken thighs in a flavorful combination of creamy peanut butter, freshly grated ginger, garlic, chili sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, plus a little bit of cayenne pepper.  Then, the thighs are cooked outside on a grill over low heat until juicy and perfectly done.

These Peanut Ginger Chicken thighs have a crispy, caramelized skin – and there is also a wonderful, creamy richness as you take a bite, thanks to the peanut-ginger marinade.  This recipe is a very delicious change to the same-old grilled chicken you’ve been making!

Peanut Ginger Chicken - A delicious change to the same 'ol grilled chicken!

And – be sure to come back tomorrow and Wednesday because we will be sharing the recipes for the two side dishes you see above – a fresh Fruit and Cucumber Salsa, and an Easy Napa Cabbage Slaw.  They are wonderful complements to this Peanut Ginger Chicken.  It’s an absolutely perfect menu for any summertime barbecue!

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Peanut Ginger Chicken

  • Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings



  • 1012 chicken thighs (about 34 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup bottled chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a large plastic zipper seal bag that has been set in a shallow bowl.
  2. To prepare the marinade, place peanut butter in medium bowl and gradually stir in hot water. (The mixture will be stiff at first – keep stirring and it will loosen and blend together.) Stir in chili sauce, soy sauce, canola oil, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and massage the chicken in the bag to evenly coat with the marinade. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours, turning the bag in the bowl occasionally.
  4. When ready to grill, preheat an outdoor grill to a hot temperature. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. With your hands, wipe the marinade away from the skin side then brush the skin with oil.
  5. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down on the lower grill rack closest to the flame and sear for about 4-5 minutes minutes or just long enough for the skin to start to crisp without burning. It is ready to flip when you lift it and it no longer sticks to the grill grates. Brush oil on top of upturned thighs, turn and sear the other side of the chicken thighs for another 4-5 minutes.
  6. Lower the heat of the grill as low as it can go, then place the chicken thighs on the upper rack away from the direct flame or to a cooler side of the grill. Close the cover and cook chicken until tender and cooked through to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. With the cover closed and our grill temperature turned to low, our grill stayed at around 425 degrees F, and 10 fairly large thighs took about 15-20 minutes to cook through. (A probe thermometer is a great tool to have on hand to ensure your grilled chicken is cooked through to the proper temperature.)
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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    Everything i have made from your recipe file has been absolutely amazing.

    Would like to thank you for sharing the most amazing recipes and for improving my cooking skills.

    A very happy new year to an amazing couple and two great chefs!

    warm regards

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Arti! (You’ve made our day!) Happy New Year to you too!

  • KalynsKitchen wrote:

    Happy weekend! Just letting you know I featured this recipe in my weekly Low-Carb Recipe Love on Fridays. Looks like a great recipe; I hope a lot of my readers will come over here and try it!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Kalyn! I appreciate the feature!

  • Marilyn wrote:

    When you say “chili sauce” do you mean the tomatoey, ketchupy kind or the oriental type?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Marilyn – We used the tomatoey, ketchupy kind (since this was such a ‘vintage’ recipe we guessed that was what the original recipe used) but we also think it would be delicious made with a spicier Asian-inspired version of chili sauce. Hope that helps!

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