Easy Slow Cooker Thai Chicken – only a few ingredients for a delicious Thai dinner that’s full of flavor!
So now that it’s winter I use my crock pot ALL the time! I love that you can make an awesome meal but don’t have to put a whole lot of effort into it. For me, dinnertime is the hardest time of night. Most nights I’m dealing with grumpy kids that are about ready for bed and I feel like throwing in the towel when I have a dinner to make. But with a slow cooker meal, all the work is done and you just serve it up!
This is a seriously tasty chicken dish that my boys and especially my husband really like. It’s not authentic Thai, but I love peanut sauces and this one tastes great. Plus you probably already have most of the ingredients in your fridge or cupboard! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 3/4 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chunky or creamy
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoons grated fresh ginger*
- 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- chopped peanuts for topping
- chopped cilantro for topping
- Combine the salsa, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger in the crock of a slow cooker; mix well.
- Place the chicken in the sauce, spoon mixture over chicken to coat.
- Place the lid on the cooker and set to LOW. Cook until chicken is fork tender and sauce has thickened some, 8 to 9 hours.
- Serve with rice (jasmine is our favorite) and garnish with peanuts and cilantro before serving.
-Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com
Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm says
This looks really good! I love peanut sauce too…pinned it!
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says
Pinned to try! This sounds delicious – and easy!! Doesn’t get any better than that 🙂 I host All my Bloggy Friends ~ Linky Party. It starts on Tuesday mornings at 7am EST. I would love for you to share this recipe and any other projects (doesn’t have to be recipes – just family friendly) you may have! I hope to see you there 🙂
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
This sounds awesome! I’ve made a crock pot Thai pork, but this one varies a little on the flavors… can’t wait to try it!!
OH WOW!!! I’m soooo going to try this!! Great recipe!
Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!
Food Done Light says
What a fantastic slow cooker recipe. I saw it on What’s Cooking, Love. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-62/
I love Thai, so I will definitely try this recipe!
Desire Empire says
Looks nice and tasty.
What kid of “salsa”?
do the chicken thighs have the bone in them? Looks yummy. How many servings did you get?
Hi Beth! I used boneless chicken thighs and I got around 6 servings! Thanks for the comment, I hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s so delicious!
could you supply nutritional info/calories sans rice?
Hi Janice! Nutritional info is updated on the recipe! Thanks!
Yes, what kind of salsa adee you referring to?
Hi Mari! Just any kind of jarred or canned salsa you like. Such as, Pace Picante or something. Let me know if you have any other questions!
I pinned this and put it on my menu for this week…I’ll let you know!
Could this be cooked on high for awhile to cut down the cooking time?
Hi Tiffany! You could probably put it on high for 1-2 hours and then put it on low for about 2 hours or thereabouts. Make sure to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t overcook.
Does it have to be thighs? Or do you think Chicken Breasts would work?
Thanks in advance!
I’m sure chicken breasts would work too, Jenny! If you do use them, just keep an eye on them as they’re cooking so they don’t get too dried out. That’s the great thing about thighs is how moist they stay. I find chicken breasts can dry out pretty easy in the crock pot. Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
Lorraine in Belize says
I made this a couple of days ago. We loved the flavor! Chicken thighs are our favorite cut, so this sounded like a great recipe. So happy I tried it. We will surely make this again, and I have already shared the recipe with a friend.
I live in Belize, so I used “La Costena” Salsa Mexicana Casera. “Herdez” is another great brand of salsa that you can buy in the States. The heat of these salsas are a great accent to the flavor of this sauce.
Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks for this comment, Lorraine! I love Herdez brand, too! I’m so happy you liked it!
Jimmi Brown says
Thanks so much for commenting on trying the recipe. These are the comments that really help people decide if they want to try it for themselves, bless you.
Made this Sunday! Delicious! Use half thigh and half breast meat. Came out great. (Added a little red curry paste because I had some to use it up). Thank you.
Oooh! I’ll have to try it with red curry paste! Thanks for the comment, Kate!
Can you please tell me about the salsa – I’m in Australia and am not sure what type to use. Is it like a Mexican tomato one?
Hi Julie! Yes, it is a tomato based Mexican salsa.
Jessica Ford says
I have to admit I was a little leery of using salsa in this, but it is AMAZING! I tasted the sauce before I put the chicken in, and I could drink a whole bowl of it! I can’t wait to eat this for dinner. I know my family will love it! Thanks, Jen!
Jessica, you just made my day!!! I am SO happy you liked it! Thanks a ton for your comment!