Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes

No skillet is required to make this scrumptious chicken tossed with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Just pack it into the foil and take it out 
to the grill – it’s a no-mess dinner solution!
Chicken With Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes

Photo: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

By Cara Lyons

Serves: 4
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup unsalted natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves, 
plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 12 oz green beans, trimmed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch chunks (NOTE: Make sure to dice potatoes no larger than directed, as they should cook through in the same amount 
of time as the chicken.)
  • 1 red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 
cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, milk, vinegar, 2 tbsp cilantro, honey, lime juice, ginger, soy sauce, pepper flakes and garlic. Set aside.
  3. Cut 4 12 x 16-inch pieces of foil and mist with cooking spray. Divide green beans, potatoes and onion evenly into the center of each piece of foil. Divide chicken and peanut butter mixture between foil pieces, over top vegetables. Bring the short edges of the foil together, then fold inward a few times along each long edge to seal.
  4. Place foil packets directly on the grill or on a large, rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Grill or bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender. (NOTE: Carefully open a single packet to check, then reseal if needed.) Transfer contents of packets to serving bowls and garnish with additional cilantro.

Nutrients per packet (chicken with peanut sauce and veggies): Calories: 335, Total Fat: 10 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 30 g, 
Fiber: 7 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 33 g, Sodium: 169 mg, Cholesterol: 65 mg

  • Frogmama02

    Just made this over the weekend and it was sooooo good! Easy to make & even easier to clean up. Great flavor! I wouldn’t change a thing, and we’ll definitely be making this again soon.

  • MumsTheWord

    Made this last night and it was very tasty and full of flavor!! I like to follow recipes exactly the first time around before I make any changes. That being said, this is pretty foolproof. The only thing I did differently was I doubled the sauce. I used a white sweet potato since I prefer that over the orange yam types. It was fabulous!! This made four nice-sized packets; I used 2 chicken breasts, 1 big red onion, and one nice-sized sweet potato was more than enough. Next time I’ll add more green beans. We couldn’t get enough of it. The portion sizes were filling enough for me. The men in my family wanted second helpings, so I will need to double the recipe next time. They haven’t yet understood the concept of portion control. I cooked over the grill for exactly 30 minutes. Cooked perfectly. Mind you it will not look exactly like the picture since the food is basically steamed in a foil packet. But it has lots of great flavor. The red pepper flakes give it just enough heat to keep it interesting without being too spicy. The sweet potato balances the whole thing out, and the more you ate, the more it grew addicting. This is an overall nice, simple meal. My husband does not like the taste of ginger, so next time I will omit it. But my father-in-law (the picky eater) loved this dish! Definitely one to add to my recipe collection.

  • BrittaniT

    Tried this recipe last night and forgot to add the red onions. REGARDLESS, it was amazing and I couldn’t stop my roommate from wanting seconds!

  • Sylvie

    Loved it. Will most definitely redo it…the Hubby was licking his plate :)

  • Fiona

    DELICIOUS! my hunny just made this. forgot some ingredients, so we used chilli flakes instead of pepper flakes (nice & spicy!) and white onion instead of red. will make this dish regularly for sure :)

  • Kimberly

    I made this for my family of 5 so I doubled the amount of chicken but followed the rest of the recipe exactly and served it with a side of organic wild rice. The kids loved it!

  • Liz

    i made this recipe over the weekend. I think I screwed up on it though. the way the recipe words it sounds like everything is separted with foil, wrapped and put into the oven. will combine everything next time. all in all the sauce looked a little funny and so did the chicken but everything still tasted amazing. i would probably cook for a little longer than 30min though, the potatoes were a bit hard.

  • Erika Randolph

    what is the portion size? like a cup of it or what?

    • HelenaHanbasket

      It is a packet that contains all this stuff, including the chicken breast, so it would be difficult to say the actual size because chicken breasts vary in size, as do sweet potatoes.


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  • Amanda B

    This was delicious! I actually doubled the recipe, wrapped all of the ingredients in one big foil packet in a 9×13 pan and baked for 45-50 min @ 450 degrees. It was perfect! Definitely a future favorite. :)

  • sideways_smile

    I made this tonight and it was so delishious it prompted me to write one of these posts for the first time ever. This is a fantastic recipe full of flavour and easy to do. This will be on my favourites list for a long time coming. I feel great too. No bloating no uncomfortable feeling afterwards all that is down to this being a wonderful CLEAN meal.

  • Ann Maksymetz

    This dish is in heavy rotation in our house….especially in BBQ season…so easy and the bend of ingredients is pure perfection!!

  • PSILovetoCook

    Made this yesterday – what a successful dish and the recipe is a keeper, Pingback:

  • BClark86

    First, I love this website so much I could cry. Second, this recipe AHH-MAZING. Not only is it deliciousness, but it also makes me feel satisfied and peppy after enjoying the scrumptiousness that it entails. Definitely making this again. Thank you to the creator!

  • Ah1123

    I made this and loved the sauce before cooking, but after I cooked it the sauce turned watery and flavorless. I was really disappointed. Next time I will just make the sauce and put it on grilled chicken.

  • Sandra Sanchez

    This sauce is so delicious. Made this dish for dinner and I agree with others….double up on the sauce….it’s that good. Also, I did not make it in packets /oven. I made the whole thing in one pan. I made the sauce as directed and set that aside, then in a skillet added onion, chicken,potato until cooked. Then added green beans, as I used frozen and finally topped it off with the sauce. Because i cooked it in a skillet I realized I could of used more sauce.
    I left out the rice vinegar, personal preference. All in all a great dish and I would recommend this sauce be used with any chicken and or veggies.
    I may try it over some ground chicken or turkey with a side of brown rice!!

  • Kacie Skalak Lucey

    Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight. Easy, great portion. I subbed in asparagus for green bean for preference, but delicious!!

  • Laura

    My family went wild over this dish. It is really delicious and clean up is so easy. The best results came when we cooked it on the grill versus cooking in the oven. Everything really carmelized on the grill and the flavor was better. This is one dish I highly recommend and has become something my kids request.

  • Adam Putnam

    This recipe is delicious! However! Please be aware that the prep time is WRONG!



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