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Nov 03

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

My PB2 Thai sauce obsession continues…and this time it’s in this super easy Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken dish. Ever since I used PB2 (affiliate link) to make Thai peanut sauce for Thai Chicken Skewers and then for Thai Chicken Pizza, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for more chances to use it again. I found this slow cooker recipe, make a few more tweaks and knew it was the perfect opportunity. 

This recipe is one of those fast and easy ones where you can just mix everything together and toss it in the slow cooker. When it’s cooked you simply shred it (it’ll basically just fall apart when you touch it with a fork) and serve it however you like. I sautéed some broccoli slaw in a skillet and layered it in a couple lettuce leaves with the chicken on top to make lettuce wraps and it was a really easy, tasty and low cal/low carb meal, but there are tons of alternate serving options. Serve it over rice or vegetables, use it to make pizza or quesadillas, stuff it in a baked sweet potato…the possibilities are endless! How will you serve it?

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Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

Yield: 9 (1/2 cup) servings


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ¾ cup of PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup Trop 50 orange juice
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade (I used reduced sugar)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more for garnish if desired)
  • ¾ cup canned lite coconut milk


  1. Lay the chicken breasts in a single layer at the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the PB2 and water and stir until creamy. Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir until well combined. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker to cover the chicken. Cook on low for 5-6 hours until chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
  3. Remove the chicken to a plate or cutting board and shred with two forks (it should fall right apart). Put the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and stir into the sauce. Continue to cook on low for another 5-10 minutes without the lid and then serve. Feel free to sprinkle a pinch more crushed red pepper flakes on yours if you’d like some heat.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
3 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information:
205 calories, 11 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 27 g protein, 1 g fiber (from

adapted from Taste of Home


33 Responses to “Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken”

  1. #
    Melissa Cochran — November 4, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Looks awesome!

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    Unknown — November 5, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    Made this for dinner today….I just added a little lime juice and served with sticky rice. It’s awesome!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      Glad you liked it!! Lime juice is a great addition.

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    Lana — November 5, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    This looks amazing! Would it be possible to substitute regular peanut butter for the PB2?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

      Definitely! Just omit the water. Obviously this will also change the nutrition info, but it should still be tasty!

    • adie (adiecakes) replied: — November 18th, 2013 @ 1:42 am

      In case you’re interested Lana, I just made the recipe with chunky peanut butter, and it was AWESOME! It’s fun getting little crunches of peanuts in there!

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    irishshammrocks — November 5, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    I made this for dinner today. I proceeded to forget to turn on the crockpot.

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

      Haha…please do not consume raw 😉

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    Anonymous — November 6, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    OH YUM! This sounds like my ideal recipe — can’t wait to try! Weirdly enough, I’m allergic to oranges. Can you recommend a substitution for the OJ and marmalade? Thanks — love your site!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      Hm…maybe use lemonade or pineapple juice instead of the OJ? Any kind of jelly should work. It will change the flavor but might be a yummy twist!

    • Anonymous replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

      Thanks! I’ll probably go the pineapple route for both….lest I end up with PB and J thai chicken. 😛

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    Anonymous — November 12, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Can almond milk be used instead of coconut milk? Thank you!

    • Anonymous replied: — November 15th, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

      I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of coconut milk. turned out delicious!

  7. #
    Anonymous — November 12, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I am making this tonight, so excited!!!
    thanks for all you do ~jenny

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    papaduck — November 14, 2013 @ 3:23 am

    Outstanding! Served this in crisp iceberg lettuce wraps with brown rice on the side.Made a slaw of carrots and purple cabbage and drizzled seasoned rice wine vinegar over it. Cooked the chicken for 6 hrs. and it broke apart beautifully. Mild flavor. Thanks for another winner Emily!

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    adie (adiecakes) — November 18, 2013 @ 1:49 am

    Made this tonight for lunches for the week, and had to throw the whole thing in the fridge still hot because I was eating it straight from the tupperware as it cooled! So tasty! Can’t wait to have mini thai chicken tacos for lunch this week!

    Also, I would highly recommend throwing in a tablespoon or two of Thai red curry paste (in addition to or in lieu of the pepper flakes, depending on how much you add) for a kick – it was pretty awesome!

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  10. #
    Anonymous — January 3, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    What is PB2 and where can I get it?

    • Nancy McKinnon replied: — January 9th, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

      PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that you reconstitute with water. They have it at our local Kroger’s in the natural food section with the almond butters and fancy peanut butters. It’s about 4.50. It is extremely delicious, weirdly enough.

  11. #
    Audrey Zaleski — January 8, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

    Do you think almond butter could be a substitute for pb2?

  12. #
    Anonymous — January 14, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    I couldn’t find PB2 (yet – I’m on a crazy search for it), but went ahead and made with regular peanut butter. Its sitting home waiting for me to have for dinner tonight – smelled delicious. Wondering what the change to WW +points would be with 3/4 C of regular peanut butter….I’m almost scared to ask.

    • Anonymous replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:15 am

      For every 2 TBSP of PB2 there is about 140 more calories in the equivalent Peanut Butter. That means there would be approx. 540 more calories for the entire dish with Peanut butter. I found my PB2 on Amazon.

    • Anonymous replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

      I found it at Festival foods.

  13. #
    Anonymous — February 22, 2014 @ 2:48 am

    I bought mine at WalMart. It was the section with the rest of the Peanut Butters and it was about $4 if I remember correctly.

  14. #
    Anna Sanders — May 13, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    I have loved every single recipe from this site, but for some reason I was shocked that I, nor my family liked this dish. This is a very popular dish, so I was surprised. I think it was the orange juice and/or orange marmalade that I didn’t care for the flavor of, to me it overwhelmed the dish. I would be interested to try it again sometime without those ingredients.

  15. #
    Debbie — September 23, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    Just made this yesterday. Holy Yum. This recipe is a keeper! Thank You, Emily!

  16. #
    Julian — February 17, 2015 @ 9:16 am

    We can’t get PB2 in the UK and they won’t ship it !! (Booooooooo!!) How would you suggest using peanut butter smooth – instead please ??

    • Emily Bites replied: — February 17th, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

      Just replace the PB2 with Peanut butter and omit the water 🙂

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    Ashley D. Watts — April 26, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

    I searched for hoisin sauce for ever and I finally found. So now I’ve got this in the crock pot now. It smells heavenly! I’ll be serving it with Trader Joe’s brown rice and lettuce leaves. Thanks for another hit!

    • Emily Bites replied: — April 26th, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

      I hope you love it! 🙂

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    Emma — July 6, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    This looks insanely delicious! Any idea whether it could be cooked on high in the slow cooker, and if so, how long would you recommend?

    If you are unsure, I will give it a try and let you know 🙂

    • Emily Bites replied: — July 6th, 2015 @ 6:18 pm

      I haven’t done it with this particular recipe, but when I switch from slow cooking on low to doing it on high I usually do it for about half the time and then check it to see if it needs more. I’d try it for 3 hours and see how that works. let me know! 🙂

  19. #
    Cassie — January 18, 2016 @ 9:12 am

    I forgot the hoison sauce 🙁 is there a substitute I could use.

  20. #
    Sarah — May 4, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

    Really enjoyed this! Next time going to serve it with zucchini noodles!

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