Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

When you are looking for a quick and delicious meal, Thai Peanut Chicken is the perfect dinner to serve up! Using just a few pantry staples, this creamy chicken dish is a must make dish. It’s also gluten and dairy-free. Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

A bowl of Thai peanut chicken with rice noodles and lime.Instant Pot Peanut Butter Chicken

This Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken recipe is a great short-cut to a flavorful weeknight dinner! Boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a coconut peanut sauce. Serve it over some rice noodles or even veggie noodles for a complete meal that the whole family is going to love. This gluten and dairy free dish also reheats well so perfect to make ahead for a meal prep lunch. Go ahead and add this to your favorite Instant Pot Recipes list!

Peanut butter in the center of the instant pot to make Thai peanut chicken.

Peanut Chicken Ingredients 

  • Oil
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Green Onions
  • Chicken Breast
  • Garlic Chili Paste
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Honey
  • Lime Juice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Tips for Success

This recipe calls for placing the peanut butter inside at the very last step. This is important because some Instant Pot models can burn more easily than others, and prevent the IP from coming up to pressure. By placing the peanut butter on top, you prevent it from coming into direct contact with the bottom of the liner, and this prevents any burn notifications. After the peanut chicken has finished cooking, release the pressure and mix the sauce all together!

Boneless skinless chicken breast package for peanut butter chicken.Why Farmer Focus Has Been our Chicken Choice for Years

I am so happy to continue my partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

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Instant Pot Thai Peanut Chicken

When you are looking for a quick and delicious meal, Thai Peanut Chicken is the perfect dinner to serve up! Using just a few pantry staples, this creamy chicken dish is a must make dish. It’s also gluten and dairy-free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Yield 4
Cuisine Thai
Cook Time 8 minutes
Recipe Type: Instant Pot
Difficulty: Easy
Total Time 13 minutes
Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen


For Peanut Chicken:

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1” fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 ½  lbs Farmer Focus boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into 1-1/2” pieces
  • 2 teaspoon garlic chili paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For serving:


  1. Add oil to the insert of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Press the saute function, and heat the oil. Once hot, add the garlic, ginger and green onions and cook while stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook until the outside is no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
  2. Shut off the saute function.
  3. Add in the chili paste, coconut milk, coconut aminos, honey and fresh lime juice and stir to combine.
  4. Place the peanut butter on top of the chicken and do not stir.
  5. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once finished, move the steam release valve to quickly release the steam pressure. When the floating valve drops, remove the lid.
  6. Stir the peanut butter into the chicken. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  7. Serve over rice or rice noodles with cilantro, chopped peanuts and sliced thai chilis.


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March 30, 2020

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12 Responses

  1. Another fast, simple and delicious meal from Lexi + team. Ended up with quite a bit of the sauce so next time I may double the chicken to have lots of leftovers.

  2. Made this for dinner tonight and it was delish. I had to tightened the sauce up at the end with some tapioca flour to thicken it but otherwise followed as is! So good. Will definitely make again.

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  3. Great recipe, but I find it works better if you saute the chicken first, then the garlic, ginger and green onion. Otherwise the garlic burns and it is hard to get a good sear on the chicken.

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    1. For this recipe, you aren’t really searing the chicken. Just barely cooking it on the outside, without the intention to get brown. As recipe states just 3 minutes cook (which would be too short of a time to sear chicken). It’s intentional that the garlic and ginger go first, as those are the ingredients that I want to get toasted and fragrant! But glad you liked it nonetheless! It’s a favorite of ours too!

  4. Has anyone tried this with sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter? I was hoping to make it nut-free so that I could send leftovers with my toddler to daycare, but I chickened out. Would love to hear if anyone else has tried it.

    1. Erin, I think you should go for it! I think it will be kind of fun. Maybe even taste a bit more like tahini type chicken. Let us know how it goes!

  5. So I tried the recipe with sunbutter tonight and barely noticed a difference. My husband said it might even be a little better and my 18 month old gobbled down a frightening amount. Guess I will be sticking with it since leftovers means one less daycare lunch I have to prepare!

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