Super Easy Thai Style Chicken Tenders

Hubby is not a big fan of chicken. Before we got married, I ate a lot more white meat than red meat, since my Mama is very health conscious. For the past 2 years I find myself cooking a lot of red meat because I want the whole family to enjoy dinner, but it’s probably not the most healthy choice. I’ve decided to incorporate chicken into more dishes starting this week, hoping by adapting more flavor into the sauce Hubby would be more inclined to eat it. Well this dish didn’t disappoint, super simple to make and TONS of flavor. Hope you will enjoy as well!


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken sliced into strips
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup Peter Panยฎ Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 stalks of scallions, chopped


  1. Mix hoisin sauce, peanut butter, hot water, fish sauce, coconut juice and cayenne pepper in a bowl, set aside
  2. Heat oil in large skillet and cook chicken until it is no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the browned chicken tenders and set aside. Toss the ginger and garlic into the leftover oil and stir until fragrant. Reduce heat to low and add sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is bubbly and warm, 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken tenders back into the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, stir and flip the chicken occasionally.ย  Remove from heat and sprinkle with scallions. Serve immediately.
  3. I served the chicken tenders on a bed of thick rice noodles, the sauce gave it a hint of flavor. Yum!

Adapted from All Recipes


22 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh yum! I love Thai flavors. I think my husband prefer red meat too, I wonder why. But I am not into one kind of food, so I alternate ingredients. This one seems like my kids would love. It’s great idea to use chicken tenders. When the sauce is thick like this, I would need extra bowl of rice for myself. Finger licking good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Nami! My husband’s favorite food is Korean, mine is Japanese. I find Korean food to be a lot more intense, while Japanese food is lighter and healthier. The chicken tender recipe is definitely good on lazy days! Trinity fought with her Daddy on who would get the last of the noodles, and I had to stop her from eating the last few pieces of chicken tender so there would be enough for her lunch box!

  2. Lyn says:

    Hi Jeno, I got to know about your blog thru Nami of Just One Cookbook. All the foods that you shared don’t look like you’re a terrible cook before at all! Indeed yours are so much nicer, appealing than mine! This dish must be very yummy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Lyn! Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for the compliments! First of all “I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!” The cupcakes in the background really made my morning! I am always amazed at Moms who take such tender care to pack bento boxes for the little ones, it’s such an art form! Just subscribed to your postings, can’t wait to see more! I got to thank Nami for allowing me to meet all these interesting women and have the opportunity to experience a part of your life! Happy cooking!

      1. Lyn says:

        Hi Jeno, tks for your lovely comments and for subscribing to my postings! Me too subscribed to yours & Nami’s to get informed! ๐Ÿ˜€
        You too are amazing in improving your cooking at such a short time! 3 CHEERS TO ALL OF US HERE! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Sissi says:

    This Thai dish sounds and looks wonderful! You served it in such a beautiful way! I also prefer chicken, it’s light and so versatile… and frankly could live most of the time without beef, but I think I would simply die deprived of pork!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Sissi! Thank you so much for the compliments! I am learning everyday by looking at all my foodie friends’ blogs, there are so many elements to good photography, also so many delicious recipes just waiting to be experienced! Looks like us ladies enjoy white meat over red meat, what’s your favorite pork dish? There’s this super simple Chinese braised pork recipe that I cook whenever I feel lazy, it’s called “1,2,3,4,5”, just dump all the ingredients into a pot and let it simmer for a couple of hours. Voila you’ve got yourself a main dish!

      1. Sissi says:

        Jeno, your 1,2,3,4,5 recipe sounds like a lot of fun! My favourite pork dish is the spare ribs braised in the soy sauce, cinnamon and star anise. I don’t know if it’s really Chinese (I took it from a Chinese cookery book). I have posted it some time ago and make it very often. Doesn’t look very attractive, but it is amazingly good.
        Here is the link in case you are interested ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sissi says:

    Oups, I think my link has disappeared.
    in case you would like to have a look at my spare ribs pretending to be Chinese ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jeno says:

      Oh Sissi that looks delicious! My hubby and little girl LOVE ribs, gotta give this recipe a try in the near future!

  5. Kate says:

    I’ve made satay before, but I’ve never thought to mix peanut butter and hoisin – this sounds great!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi there Kate, welcome to my blog! The peanut butter and hoison sauce mixture is pretty strong and yummy, hence the battle between my little girl and me to save some for her lunchbox. I just visited your site, LOVE LOVE that you have a parrot called “Fat Green Chicken”. We have a dog named “Booger” and used to have a fish called “Turtle”, aren’t pets and cooking just the best?

      1. Kate says:

        Booger and Turtle? Those are GREAT names!

      2. Jeno says:

        Hahahah, glad you think so, we get pretty weird looks from people whenever they first find out our dog’s named “Booger”…

  6. I prefer chicken than beef and pork too, but it certainly depends on what kind of dishes…. The chicken looks delicious and the recipe sounds simple enough to make at home :).

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi there! I am so thrilled to receive a comment from you, my little girl and I are big fans of yours, the bento boxes are AMAZING, in fact you just got me in trouble with her because the lunch box I make for her are so ordinary… Just wanted to welcome you and looking forward to see more of your creative ideas!

  7. I’m making these for dinner tonight, 1) because they look delicious, and 2) because I have all of the ingredients in my pantry (which is rare and wonderful!). Thank you – especially from my hoisin+chicken loving husband – for the inspiration!

    1. Jeno says:

      Laura, first of all, WELCOME to my blog! Secondly, I really enjoyed reading your first blog posting about why you start blogging… Thirdly, joining literature and pastry? What a wonderful idea… I especially loves the excerpt from The Importance of Being Earnest, just lovely! I hope you will visit often. Is there anyway I can subscribe to your postings via email? Definitely want to keep up with your journey!

      1. Thank you for replying and thank you for stopping by Novelbite. I’m just getting my toes wet with blogging, so I’m still trying to figure out how to set up the e-mail subscription: for now, I’m just having fun swimming around and getting inspired by more seasoned bloggers (for instance, I love how well-arranged your dishes are)! I’m sure I’ll be dropping by often. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Jeno says:

        Cool Laura, looking forward to more postings from you (I’ve bookmarked it)!

  8. Great minds think alike. I also made Thai cuisine tonight. I really like your quick and easy option. Got this one booked marked.

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Bam! Please do tell me what you think about the recipe, I might actually lessen the peanut better to 1/4 cup next time, it tasted a bit too peanuty last nightโ€ฆ

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