Quick Chicken and Broccolini Recipe with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Try this quick and easy recipe for chicken and broccolini paired with a Thai-inspired spicy peanut sauce.

From Sheet Pan Suppers
January/February 2016

  • Chicken and Broccolini With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
    This protein-, fiber- and healthy fat-filled meal cooks in just 10 minutes.
    Photo by Molly Gilbert
  • Sheet Pan Suppers Book Cover
    These recipes are among the 120 wonderful, simple and healthful recipes in "Sheet Pan Suppers" by Molly Gilbert.
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  • Chicken and Broccolini With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Sheet Pan Suppers Book Cover

Cook Time: 10 min

Yield: 4 servings

Peanut sauce is like the chocolate sauce of dinnertime. I’m pretty sure I’d eat my shoe if it were covered in enough of it. This satay-inspired dish pairs my beloved peanut sauce with thinly sliced chicken and baby broccoli (or broccolini) charred under the broiler. The whole dish cooks in only about 10 minutes but results in juicy chicken, tender broccolini and thick, bubbly sauce. It’s addicting. Keep it away from your shoes.

I’ve seen packaged thin-cut chicken breasts or cutlets at some grocery stores, but you can easily make your own by slicing a regular chicken breast in half horizontally to create two thin-cut pieces.


• Olive oil cooking spray (optional)
• 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy, natural peanut butter
• 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
• 1/4 cup warm water
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
• 2 bunches broccolini (1 pound total)
• 4 to 6 thin-cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts or cutlets (1 to 1-1/2 pounds total)


1. Preheat oven to broil, with rack 4 inches from heat. Line sheet pan with aluminum foil/silicone mat, or mist it with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together brown sugar, peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, vinegar, water and lime juice in a medium bowl until smooth. Set aside 1/4 cup of peanut sauce for serving.

3. Rub broccolini and chicken with remaining peanut sauce to thickly coat, and arrange them in a tight single layer on the prepared pan. Broil, keeping a close eye to prevent burning. Flip chicken halfway through, until it is just cooked through, the broccolini is well charred, and the sauce is bubbly and deeply browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Serve chicken and broccolini hot from the oven with reserved dipping sauce alongside.

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