Thai Peanut Chicken with Spicy Mango Salsa


  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • juice and zest from 1 lime
  •  1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3-4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste using more or less to your taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh Thai basil or regular basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving
  • 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • juice of 1 lime
  • serve with: steamed rice, roasted peanuts, and Persian cucumbers


  1. Combine all the spicy mango ingredients in a small bowl.  
  2. Toss the chicken with the 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, ginger, and 1 tablespoon oil. Let sit 5 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the chicken and sear on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining Thai red curry paste, the basil, and the cilantro.
  5. Reduce the heat to low. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce (if using), and 1/4 cup water. Partially cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. 
  6. Stir in the peanut butter and lime juice. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve the chicken and sauce over rice. Top with roasted peanuts, cucumbers, and spicy lime mango.

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