Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Couscous

Presented by: Paula Nemzek

A Thai-inspired peanut sauce makes this one-pot meal an extra-special weeknight dinner. Good enough for company!

serves 4 to 6


Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup carrots, cut in half lengthwise, then in 1/4-inch slices
  • 3/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame (soybeans), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons sliced scallions


For peanut the sauce, in a bowl combine all ingredients for peanut sauce and set aside. Mixture will be thick

For the chicken, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat in a heavy-bottomed pot. Sauté the carrots, onions and red pepper for 5 minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and increase temperature to medium-high. Add the chicken and sauté until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. When the chicken is done, add couscous, edamame, previously prepared peanut sauce and chicken broth. Mix together, and bring to boil. Cover the pot and remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Top with cilantro, chopped peanuts and scallions.

Note: This is also good with firm tofu instead of chicken. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make the dish completely vegetarian. Be flexible on the veggies, too, and use your favorites or what's in season.

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I have bought many of KCTS cookbooks and love them all. I also have sent in a lot of recipes to help support this station. Just because there was a error in printing the recipe would never stop me from buying this book, this can happen to anyone. Paula's recipes are all so good I would make anything she put in the cookbook. If you look at any peanut sauce recipe you would see they all have soy sauce in them and if the peanut sauce if too thick you can thin it down with coconut milk. I would never add too much sesame oil as it's a very strong flavor. We all have to support this channel KCTS by donation or purchasing their cookbooks as they have the best shows on, my husband any myself enjoy so many from their channel. Thanks, Ann

I am in agreement with the above comments: poor editing for what looks like a wonderful recipe. Please follow up with the necessary corrections!


Somehow transcribing recipe for the web didn't work out too well this time. We'll correct, and meanwhile it's 2 tbs soy sauce instead of a second 2 tbs brown sugar.

Thanks for the heads up -- it is a delish recipe!


I would have made but there is one and most likely two ingredients missing in the sauce.
Makes me leery of the whole recipe. Hope you read comments and correct.


I too, Would like a correct version of this recipe. It sounds delicious. But need the true recipe. Editing is so very important.

Thank you, Delia


I'd love to make the recipe you sent with your email but I see there are several comments that said there were several errors or omissions. If so, will you send us the corrections? It sounds delicious!


Like others this recipe sounds great except for the errors and perhaps omissions - double sugar, no soy sauce, perhaps needs some sesame oil as well. Being a fairly seasoned cook I'm sure I could prepare this dish myself and just make the adjustments I am guessing are required and would probably be delighted with the end result. However if you have a corrected version I would appreciate seeing it and suggest, in the interest of novice cooks, that someone at least proof reads your reicpes prior to posting. Thanks, Eileen


I would also like to order the book and DVD, but if the recipes have errors like this (sugar listed twice or a key ingredient missing), I'm less inclined to make the donation / purchase.

I'm gonna guess because I know Thai cooking, so I think the second entry should be soy sauce to balance out the flavors: sweet, sour, salty, spicy.

I'm not so sure olive oil would really work - better to use some other oil with a neutral flavor or better coconut oil.


Looks delicious what is the other 2T? I assume there has to be some sesame oil in here but not 2T.


Please let me know what the other 2 tablespoons is? I would like to make the recipe. Thank you.


You have two tablespoons of brown sugar listed twice.

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