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Peanut Ginger Chicken

Yield: 5-6 servings 1x
Prep: 12 hoursCook: 30 minsTotal: 12 hours 30 minutes


  • 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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