Indonesian Peanut Chicken! A Dinner That Will Become Your New Favorite!

Indonesian Peanut Chicken!


I became a nanny at a young age to one little boy whose parents worked an hour away and were very career orientated. The little boy was 4 when I first met him and his mom absolutely loved trying out new foods and she sparked the love of cooking and baking in me. I had absolutely no idea how to cook other than boil water and make toast. So needless to say I was so grateful when they hired me with very little cooking experience! I had the desire to learn and one of my first recipes to ever cook and master was this delicious Indonesian Peanut Chicken recipe. Forward 18 years later and I now make this dish for my own family and have the ingredient list in my head. It’s my go to dinner recipe when I can’t think of anything else to make that is creative and my family loves it so it’s a win win! If you have the spices in your cupboard already then this dish can be VERY cheap to make, most of the time all I need is the chicken and buttermilk!




I am a sauce girl, I absolutely cannot stand having a dish that is supposed to be poured over rice and there isn’t enough sauce to go around which is one of the reasons why I love this recipe. The peanut sauce is outstanding and there is plenty of sauce to go around!

This will serve 4-5 adults


Rice (whatever you like & however much you want, we do the rice cooker and I add 1 cup of rice and 2 1/2 cups water for two adults and two kids but for rice leftovers you can make more)

4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into bite sized pieces
4 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp Spike seasoning or Mrs. Dash (whatever you have)
3 TBS lemon juice (reserve 1 TBS)
1 1/2 tsp. Cumin (reserve 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp. Ground Ginger
2 Cups Buttermilk
6 TBS peanut Butter (whatever you have)
6 TBS Soy Sauce
1 garlic clove, minced if I have it, sometimes I don’t and it’s still amazing
2 tsp. Dry Mustard
2 tsp. Tumeric
1/2-1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper (optional for desired heat)



Start your rice in your rice cooker (or however you like to cook it)-

1.) Heat chicken with olive oil, 1 TBS lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. Cumin & 1/2 tsp. Spike or Mrs. Dash seasoning

2.) In saucepan combine the remaining 2TBS lemon juice, 1/2 tsp Cumin and the rest of the ingredients.

3.) Bring to a boil over med/high heat and stir with wire whisk frequently. Reduce to heat to simmer about 5 minutes.

4.) Pour Sauce over chicken and stir

5.) Serve over rice


I Hope you enjoy this meal as much as my family does! The little boy I once started out cooking for is now a senior in college and I still get to randomly make this dish for him!




  1. This looks absolutely delicious! I need to try this. Thanks!

    • It looks delicious – I love peanut chicken and this is a different variation. I’m thinking the buttermilk would make it really creamy.

  2. That does sound really good. My son would absolutely love this!

  3. Jenna Wood says:

    I have a very similar recipe my family loves and it is just not the same without the Tumeric and Ginger (so do not skip those, folks). Thanks for sharing, I’m craving some right now- I can always wolf down a plate of white rice with a yummy peanut sauce!

  4. I love peanut chicken! How awesome that this is your go-to dish, I’m pinning and trying soon! Sounds like my kind of dinner. Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  5. My MIL is half Indonesian and this dish is a favorite in our family!

  6. This looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing 😉

  7. This sounds amazing! I will be making this very soon. Found this post at ISBMTF Monday Link Party, thanks for sharing!

    Jill @ Mama Ging

  8. This looks and sounds wonderful. I love that it uses spices I always have in my pantry. Thank you for linking up to Simple Supper Tuesday.

  9. That looks really good. I would love if you would link this up on our blog @ We have a link party going on now till Friday.

  10. vickie couturier says:

    that really goods an sounds good

  11. This looks and sounds delicious. Pinned and can’t wait to try it. Saw it at Mandy’s Recipe Box.
    I would love for you to come by my link party at
    It is going on now.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  12. katklaw777 says:

    “I am a sauce girl, I absolutely cannot stand having a dish that is supposed to be poured over rice and there isn’t enough sauce to go around.”
    You took the words right out of my mouth girl…I have to have lots and lots of sauce too.
    I order peant chicken out all the time and now I can make it at home with your recipe. I like that it uses buttermulk in the recipe.
    I think I will add some celery and onion when sauteing the chicken to get some veggies in there too.
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. This looks yummy. I need more unique recipes–the family is getting tired of my same old routine. Tweeting and pinning! Have a lovely day.

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