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Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Peanuts


On the table in just minutes, this one-bowl Asian meal beats delivery: It's faster, tastier, and better for you.

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  • Servings: 1

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009


  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half (6 to 8 ounces), thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 to 1 serrano or jalapeno chile, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 4 ounces snow peas (about 1 1/2 cups), stem ends trimmed
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, torn (optional)


  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken; cook until browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Add garlic, chile, snow peas, and 2 tablespoons water; cook until chicken is opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; stir in lime juice, peanuts, and if using, basil.

Cook's Notes

Freeze any extra chicken breasts for your next stir-fry; thaw in the fridge before using. For more spice, use a serrano chile -- it's hotter than a jalapeno. Both are available in red and green. For less heat, remove the ribs and seeds before slicing.

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  • culinarykitten
    12 JAN, 2016
    yep - this one is a true keeper - a terrific base recipe that may be switched up a bit with the addition fresh ginger or possibly strips of red pepper or cashews instead of peanuts. another thing i like to do is to top the entire business with fresh, crispy bean sprouts afterwards and serve with a few lime wedges and a bit of chili paste on the side. the more contrast in color and texture the better is what i always say - it makes eating healthy feel like a joyful indulgence. :)
  • MS10466824
    9 JUN, 2015
    I also doubled the basil as well as the lime juice and jalapeƱo. Made for a great and quick meal!
  • herkitchen
    10 MAR, 2013
    I thought this recipe was delicious. The basil is essential. I doubled it, but I put in 1 serrano pepper. Next time I will put in 2 peppers. Other than that, I thought it was perfect. I threatened my husband if he dared to pour on soy sauce!
  • Mohenry
    31 OCT, 2011
    This recipe sounded good, but was not a winner. I kind of knew it as I was cooking, and started thinking about things to add. I added sesame oil, a little chopped pineapple, a little grated ginger. Still not great. If I tried it again, I would put in stock instead of water, more ginger, and some soy sauce.