Peanut butter chicken is a popular Indian dish that has gained popularity worldwide. This dish is filling, comforting and perfect for various types of occasions! For a tasty evening meal, try this peanut butter chicken recipe. Try it out with our products and experience the authentic taste of this beloved Indian dish.

What Kind of Rice Should I Use to Make a Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe?

To seal the deal with our delicious peanut butter chicken recipe, use Dainty’s Basmati rice. Our basmati rice originates from the Punjab region, which borders India and Pakistan. Cultivated for centuries in this region, Dainty’s Basmati rice has a slightly nutty flavor and a delicious texture.

Basmati rice is a staple food in Indian cuisine. It’s the perfect rice to combine with Indian curries and various other traditional dishes like this one. In addition, jasmine rice and white long grain rice are also great options to pair with this dish.

Should I Rinse Basmati Rice?

Rinsing rice is a personal choice. Dainty rice is all cleaned in Canada. While rinsing rice does not remove nutrients, it does make it less sticky and removes some of its starches. If you want a bowl of fluffy basmati rice, you can decide to rinse it. For a richer finish, do not rinse the rice.

Can I use a Ricer Cooker to Make the Peanut Butter Chicken Basmati Rice?

Basmati rice can be cooked on stove top or in a rice cooker, giving it that fluffy, non-sticky texture that goes so well with Indian-inspired recipes. You just throw the ingredients in the rice cooker and turn it on until it’s done. If the basmati rice’s consistency isn’t what you like, you can always add extra liquid and stir until it’s perfect.

While there is no right or wrong way to make basmati rice, cooking it until it reaches ‘al dente’ texture is the golden standard. The term ‘al dente’ is how the Italians describe rice grains being cooked as firm yet chewy.

Can I Make the Rice a Day Ahead of Time?

If you’ve got some leftover basmati rice, pair it with this delicious chicken with peanut butter recipe. If you choose to use cooked rice, heat it up in the microwave for a few minutes before serving the dish. Ensure your timing is good, so you don’t have to reheat the rice multiple times. If your microwave is very strong, add a drop of water to the rice before popping it into the microwave to reduce dryness.

What Is Peanut Butter Chicken Made Of?

Peanut butter chicken’s preparation can vary widely. While the ingredients and spices may vary slightly, chicken pieces are the main ingredient in this recipe. You’ll want to choose skinless and boneless chicken breasts and cut them into bite-sized pieces.

Can I Use a Milk Substitute?

Coconut milk for the peanut butter chicken recipe

Absolutely! Coconut milk makes this dish vegan-friendly and adds a touch of thickness and sweetness to the recipe.

You can also use a dairy product such as 35% cream if you’re interested in creating a very rich and creamy peanut butter chicken recipe.

The Dainty Difference

A delicious complete meal begins with great ingredients. Dainty has been sourcing its rice from around the globe for 140 years. Dainty strives to offer a variety of rice grains to create simple and delicious meals at an affordable price. Beyond offering amazing products, you’ll also find our best cooking tips, tricks, and delicious recipes on our website.

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe Cooking Time

Creating a delicious peanut butter chicken recipe is relatively easy and should take no more than 20 minutes. The longest segment of this recipe will probably be gathering your ingredients and curbing your excitement to taste the final result!

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe: Level of Difficulty

This recipe is perfect for beginners and advanced cooks alike. By carefully following the instructions and having all the ingredients at hand, you’ll be nailing this recipe again and again! For this recipe, we’ll cook the basmati rice using the absorption method:

Peanut Butter Chicken Recipe

A peanut butter chicken recipe



  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 8 skinless, boneless Chicken Breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 3 Garlic cloves, thinly chopped or crushed
  • 2 tsp fresh Ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala
  • ½ cup /125mL Peanut Butter, natural preferably
  • 1 ½ cups/375mL Milk
  • 1 large can of chopped Tomatoes


  • ½ tsp coriander, ½ roughly chopped, ½ whole leaves
  • Roasted Peanuts, to taste



Place 1 cup of basmati rice and 1 ½ to 2 cups of water or chicken broth in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid (liquid amount depends on how ‘al dente’ you like your rice)


Bring to a boil, stir occasionally


Once the water and rice start to boil, turn the heat down to a low simmer and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Allow to cook for an additional 12 minutes


Remove from heat and let sit covered, ideally for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice


Heat the oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Brown the raw chicken and set aside once golden. Sauté the onion until softened and fragrant. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1–2 minutes. Add the garam masala and cook for an additional minute


Add the peanut butter, milk, and a can of chopped tomatoes. Bring to a simmer


To ensure that the roasted chicken is well-cooked and the sauce thickens properly, the recommended cook time is 30 minutes after adding the chicken to the pan


Serve with perfectly-cooked basmati rice and garnish with peanuts and coriander. You can sprinkle your dish with pepper or lime wedges to enhance the taste