Easy Peanut Butter Chicken Curry Freezer Meal

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Easy Peanut Butter Curry

Get ready peanut butter lovers! This recipe is a dream come true with a creamy peanut butter curry sauce that goes perfectly with chicken and/or veggies! This easy peanut butter curry Indian dish will become a new favorite in your household, you have to try this! 

Peanut butter chicken curry is the perfect dish for something new and tasty! 

For years we have been trying to make healthy dinners that still taste great! Sometimes healthy eating can be associated with flavorless food or too much work! Thats why I create recipes that are fast and easy with TONS of flavor!

This Indian peanut butter chicken curry is soy free, gluten free, dairy free and preservative free. Eating clean is really important to our family but so is flavor. When my kids enjoy a dish I know I have a big win on my hands and those are the recipes I cherish and share with you. From one mom to another here is a recipe you will enjoy for years to come. I hope you love it!

Why you will love this easy peanut butter chicken curry.

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Is peanut butter chicken curry healthy?

Yes! This peanut butter chicken recipe is made with whole clean ingredients. No sugar! Only natural sweeteners like raw honey which makes this a great healthy recipe!

Ingredients you will need for this Indian peanut butter chicken curry.

  • chicken thighs (or chicken breasts)
  • yellow onion
  • salt
  • coriander, cumin, garlic powder
  • turmeric, paprika, ginger
  • chicken broth or water
  • peanut butter
  • tomato paste
  • honey
  • zucchini
  • red bell pepper
  • poblano pepper

What can I use instead of poblano peppers?

Poblano peppers add a great flavor but can just be omited if you have everything else.

How to make the peanut butter sauce for chicken?

SUPER EASY! In the past sauces have intimidated me. But this one is as simple as throwing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender and blending until smooth. 

How to make the best peanut butter chicken curry?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!


What cut of chicken can I use?

Chicken thighs are the best for full flavor but you can also use chicken breasts. If you use chicken breasts then cook closer to 4 hours so you do not overcook the breasts. 

What to serve with peanut butter curry Indian?

I love to serve this with some na’am bread and over rice. You can also have a fresh fruit salad on the side.  

How to store Indian peanut butter chicken curry?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make Peanut Butter Chicken Curry? 👇 

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Peanut Butter Chicken Curry

Peanut butter chicken curry has a sauce that isEVERYTHING! This creamy curry sauce is healthy preservative free and easy to make. Peanut butter curry Indian dishes are exactly what you need for dinner.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Peanut Butter Chicken, Peanut Butter Curry Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Hannah Stewart


  • Slow Cooker or Crock Pot


  • 2 lb chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • 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, cumin, garlic powder 2 tsp of each
  • 1 tsp turmeric, paprika, ground ginger 1 tsp of each


  • Add sauce ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. (You may have to scrap sides once or twice).
  • Add chicken, zucchini and red pepper into slow cooker, pour sauce over and stir.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • Stir and serve over rice!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • 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.

Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours. (May need an extra 30 minutes if completely frozen when placed in slow cooker).
  • It's ready to serve, enjoy!


  • 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. 

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

If cooking with peanut butter sounds odd and you have never tried it you’re missing out. Peanut butter is not only good fresh but goes so well in sauces to add a creamy and tasty element. 

No, this dish is not spicy, keeping it a kid friend, family friendly dish. For a spicy peanut butter chicken add in 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper to the peanut butter sauce. 

Of course! Make it a peanut butter lentil curry, or a peanut butter curry vegan with veggies. You can even use this sauce on lamb or beef. 

Absolutely. You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

My favorite peanut butter substitute is cashew butter or almond butter. 

I use full fat canned coconut milk and I have never had any issue cooking it in the slow cooker/crock pot. 

Its an amazing dish with a creamy curry sauce flavored with peanut butter. The peanut butter curry sauce goes well on many different veggies, meats and even lentils. 

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