Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
This isn’t your typical curry - the creamy, rich notes of peanut butter mingle beautifully with the exotic warmth of curry, creating a meal that’s both comforting and excitingly distinctive.
Gluten Free

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, who has time to be a gourmet chef every night? If you’re wondering, too, you’ve come to the right place. Today, it’s all about peanut butter. Delectable on its own, it’s even better in our featured recipe: Peanut Butter Curry Chicken Freezer Meal.

This isn’t your typical curry – the creamy, rich notes of peanut butter mingle beautifully with the exotic warmth of curry, creating a meal that’s both comforting and excitingly distinctive. This recipe is sure to become a quick favorite, but not just because its flavors are wow-worthy.

As we alluded, we don’t have time to be a gourmet chef nightly, but we do love dinners that are gourmet level. This is just that, but without the time and effort gourmet typically requires. In a short amount of time on a weekend (or whenever, really), just toss all of the ingredients into a freezer bag, tuck it into your freezer, and when chaos is inevitable, drop it in your crockpot in the morning. By dinnertime, you’ll have a wannabe-gourmet meal at your fingertips. 

Don’t just take our word for it, join us as we prepare our Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Freezer Meal!

Why you’ll love this Easy Peanut Butter Chicken Curry

  • Serious Leftover Potential
  • Easy Prep and Clean
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Nutritious
Peanut Butter Chicken Curry
Hannah Stewart
This isn’t your typical curry – the creamy, rich notes of peanut butter mingle beautifully with the exotic warmth of curry, creating a meal that’s both comforting and excitingly distinctive.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 585 kcal
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 High speed blender
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
Ingredients
  
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts boneless/skinless
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
Peanut Butter Curry Sauce (Blend Together):
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 poblano pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
For serving
  • 1 cup basmati rice uncooked
Instructions
 
Freezer prep directions:
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for three to four months.
Slow cooker directions:
  • Thaw freezer bag in fridge 12-24 hours before cooking.
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  • Stir, serve over rice, and enjoy!
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Dump the contents of the freezer bag into the Instant Pot, add 1/2 cups chicken broth. 
  2. Set to High Pressure for 15 minutes, then allow a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.  
  3. Stir, serve over rice, and enjoy!
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
 
Make it Dairy-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally dairy-free.

Notes

  • Optional: Garnish with lime wedge and fresh cilantro.
  • You can use any other nut butter as a substitute if needed. 
  • Roughly chop yellow onion, it’s getting blended in the sauce so no need to fine dice or be precise. 
  • For optimal flavor use bone-in chicken thighs but all cuts of chicken will work for this dish. 

Nutrition

Calories: 585kcalCarbohydrates: 92.3gProtein: 32gFat: 18.3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 6780mgPotassium: 2647mgFiber: 19.9gSugar: 35.2gCalcium: 452mgIron: 33mg
Keyword 5 Ingredient Meal, freezer meals, Peanut Butter Chicken, Peanut Butter Curry Indian, Slow cooker Chicken Recipe
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Equipment needed to make Healthy Peanut Butter Chicken Curry

  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 High speed blender
  • 1 gallon freezer bag

Ingredients for your Quick Peanut Butter Chicken Freezer Meal

  • 2 lbs Chicken breasts boneless/skinless
  • 2 Zucchini chopped
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped
  • Peanut Butter Curry Sauce (Blend Together):
  • 1 Large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cup Chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Raw honey
  • 1 Poblano pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Coriander
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger

How to Make a Best Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Recipe

Prep/Freezer directions:

  1. Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  2. Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  3. Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  4. Store in freezer for three to four months.

Cooking directions:

  1. Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  4. It’s ready to serve, enjoy!

What to serve with your Delicious Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Make-Ahead Meal

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Almond Butter: If you’re out of peanut butter or want to venture out, almond butter is a great substitute. It offers a similar texture with just a slightly different nutty flavor.
  • Coconut Milk: In place of the chicken broth, stir in an equal amount of coconut milk. This will add a creamy, sweet twist to our recipe.

Additions:

  • Chickpeas: For added protein, stir in a can of drained, rinsed chickpeas.
  • Spinach: One of the most nutrition-packed vegetables, spinach is an easy add in if you’re looking to up the nutrition of this dish. Stir it in just before serving.

How to Reheat and Store Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Freezer Meal

Best way to Store Nutritious Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Freezer-Friendly Dish?

This meal is best stored in the refrigerator with an airtight container. Make sure to allow your leftovers to cool to room temperature before storing, as the heat will cause build up of moisture which will effect the overall flavor and texture of your leftovers. If you plan to need a longer storage period, the freezer is also a great option for extended storage.

How long will Peanut Butter Chicken Curry last in the fridge?

When properly stored, this leftover dish will remain fresh in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Can I freeze Family-Friendly Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Recipe?

We always recommend making recipes as raw freezer meals before cooking and consuming leftovers in the recommended time frames. To prepare this recipe for a raw freezer meal, Prepare your gallon bag, then blend sauce ingredients in a high speed blender. Scrap the sides once or twice to get all that goodness . Then add all ingredients into a gallon freezer bag, remove excess air, seal, and freeze.

If you want to freeze your leftovers, simply follow the same procedures as you would to store in the fridge. Allow to cool, find a proper storage container for freezing, and freeze for up to 3 months. Its important to remove as much air as possible from storage bags, as this is what prevents freezer burn.

How to Reheat Homemade Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Freezer Meal

This recipe will reheat beautifully on the stovetop or in the microwave. When using the microwave, put your leftovers on a microwave safe dish, and reheat in short bursts of 30-60 seconds. Stir between each interval to provide for even heating.

When using the stovetop, heat your leftovers in medium heat in a saucepan, give your leftovers a splash of broth or water to prevent your leftovers from sticking to the pan. Stir occasionally until your leftovers have reached their desired temperature.

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Comments

  1. should there be coconut milk in thr sauce? and should you dice the chicken?

    • I like to cook the chicken and diced or shred after cooking. But you could dice ahead of time.

  2. I learn some new stuff from it too, thanks for sharing your information.

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