Health Benefits & Nutrition Info
Chicken: chicken is not only an excellent source of protein, it's also rich in vitamins B3 and B6 and the minerals selenium and phosphorus. However, be mindful when choosing your chicken because the nutrient profile depends on how the chicken was raised. Research has shown that organic chicken has more omega 3 fats, and chickens that are truly pasture-raised also provide meat with more antioxidants, such as vitamin E (source).
Coconut Milk: Well-Being Secrets shared a research-based article recently explaining the many health benefits of coconut oil with particular focus on the research showing that coconut oil supports weight loss. Although coconut milk is not as potent a source of the fatty acids thought to provide the health benefits associated with coconut oil, it still contains plenty of coconut oil.
Tips, Tricks & Ingredients
This Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken can be served many ways. It would be delicious over Miracle Noodles or Kelp Noodles and vegetables (like bean sprouts, carrots and cucumber) for a complete low-carb meal, or it could be served over rice, if your diet allows it. It could also be served over rice mixed with cauliflower rice for a kid-friendly meal complete with hidden vegetables!
I've found that Costco has low prices on organic peanut butter and coconut milk, as I mentioned in my article on organic pantry items to buy at Costco. However, Natural Grocers also has excellent prices on coconut milk and peanut butter that they grind in-store.
Costco has great prices on organic chicken. Natural Grocers is a great alternative and only sells chicken that follows their strict Naturally Raised Meat Standard. This requires that chickens must have "access to the outdoors and ample space to express natural behaviors while they are inside" (source). See the link under the health benefits of chicken (above) for the many reasons why this is so much better!
Sweet Red Chili Sauce is so good drizzled on top of this Crock Pot Thai Peanut Chicken that I should probably make it a mandatory condiment! My favorite brand is Thai Kitchen. Not only do I recognize all of the ingredients, I don't see any ingredients that could be genetically modified. I typically buy it at Natural Grocers, but it's also available on Amazon. For Paleo-friendly sweet red chili sauce, check out this recipe or this recipe from Swiss Paleo.
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
You'll enjoy this recipe, whether it's the regular, gluten-free version or the Paleo version using coconut aminos and sunflower seed butter. This Thai Peanut Chicken is bursting with flavor either way and super nutritious!
Now, on with the recipe.
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken
- 3 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¼ cup arrowroot
- ¼ - ½ tsp salt (to taste)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 can coconut milk, full fat (15 oz)
- ½ cup peanut butter, creamy and all-natural (or SunButter for Paleo version)
- ¼ cup soy sauce (gluten-free), or coconut aminos for Paleo version
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 Tbsp lime juice
- 3 Tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- Sliced green onions / scallions
- Lightly salted peanuts (eliminate for Paleo version)
- Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce (see Tips, Tricks & Ingredients section for Paleo options)
Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces. Place in a gallon size bag with the arrowroot and salt and shake until the chicken is coated. Set aside.
Turn your slow cooker on to low or high (depending on how quickly you need the chicken to cook). Lightly grease the sides with coconut oil. Add the coconut milk, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, red curry paste and rice vinegar and wisk together until smooth using a silicone or nylon wisk (so you don't damage your slow cooker).
Add the chicken to the sauce and stir until well coated. Cook on high for about 90 minutes or low for about 3 hours. Slow cookers vary, so please check your chicken for doneness with an instant read thermometer. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees.
Serve on top of noodles, rice, cauliflower rice, or a combination rice and cauliflower rice. Add vegetables, like carrots, cucumber or bean sprouts for a balanced meal. Top with the desired garnishes listed above (I recommend all for the most robust flavor). Enjoy!
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