Thai Peanut Chicken

Whip up this protein-packed meal any day of the week to help build muscle and say goodbye to flab

March 22, 2013
Thai Peanut Chicken

Peanut butter fanatics will love this delicious slow cooker dish. Peanut butter lends creaminess and great taste, along with heart-healthy unsaturated fat, niacin, and vitamin e. It’s also the primary reason this entrée supplies nearly 20% of your daily requirements for vitamin E, necessary for guarding against cell damage and supporting your immune system, and nearly half of your daily requirement for niacin, necessary to convert the protein, fat, and carbohydrates you consume into fuel your cells can use. Chicken contains choline, an essential nutrient that supports your heart, liver, and brain, and helps prevent neural tube defects in early pregnancy; a serving of Thai peanut chicken supplies nearly 25% of your daily needs. You can substitute boneless chicken breast as well.

INGREDIENTS (makes 4 servings):
8 skinless chicken thighs fresh ground black pepper
3/4 cup mild salsa

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or fish sauce
2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro lime wedges

Season chicken with fresh ground black pepper and place in slow cooker. in a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients except cilantro. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for eight hours. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken and place on serving platter. Pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges. Serve with cooked brown jasmine rice, steamed green beans, and pineapple.

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 302 calories, 25g protein, 10g carbs, 20g fat, 4g saturated fat