Caroline Wright

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In the comfort food universe, the worlds of peanut butter and fried chicken have collided in this recipe. The Bee’s Knees peanut butter—with a tinge of honeyed sweetness—brings a bit of sass to this spiced fried chicken in the form of a delicious, rich marinade. The resulting chicken is incredibly tender, spiced and a little nutty.

Prep time: 2 hours and 10 minutes (includes 2 hours marinating time)
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings


1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
½ cup The Bee’s Knees peanut butter
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups all-purpose flour
Honey for serving, optional


1. Cut chicken breasts in half, making a total of 10 chicken pieces. In a shallow dish, whisk together buttermilk, egg, peanut butter, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne; season generously with salt and pepper. Toss chicken in marinade; cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours, tossing twice.

2. Add oil to a heavy-bottomed pot to reach 2 inches; heat oil over medium to reach 350°F. Remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip off; dredge chicken in flour.

3. Carefully add chicken to hot oil; fry until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes per batch.

4. Transfer chicken to paper towels to drain; season with salt. Serve with honey, if desired.

Peanut Butter-Marinated Spiced Fried Chicken, 7.6 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

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27 Responses to Peanut Butter-Marinated Spiced Fried Chicken

  1. John says:

    This looks really really awesome. I want some bees knees and fried chicken right now so badly I want to cry.

  2. Shala says:

    OMG this was sooo good!! i made this but instead of frying it the entire time on the stove i put it in the oven a la cooks ill. just to make it a tad bit healthier haha. but the flavor omg. so delish. my hubby gobbled this up. deff will be making this again!

  3. Marina says:

    MMMMMM it looks really good! im going to try these i wonder how it would taste! my housband is a chiken lover i hope that he would love it!

  4. gege says:

    Should i have to melt the peanut butter a little for the mixture?

    • Shala says:

      opps i should have replied directly lol but no you don’t have to melt the peanut butter it will meld once u start whisking!

      • Caroline Wright says:

        Shala, I am sorry I am late to your chicken party, but it sounds like you got everything all sorted out! So happy to hear that you enjoyed making this as much as I did. What did you eat with it?

        • Shala says:

          It has been years and i STILL come back to this recipe! Im currently craving fried chicken at 40 weeks pregnant and will be making this again tomorrow. Caroline i usually make it with baked mac and cheese, collards and cornbread! Southern style all the way!

    • Caroline Wright says:

      Gege, looks like Shala got to this before I did, but nope, you don’t have to melt the peanut butter before you use it. Go forth without fear. :)

  5. Shala says:

    Back again, chicken is in the fridge marinating as i type! going to make this for tommrows dinner. this time i’ma fry it all the way on the stovetop in my cast iron pan! i’m super excited. told hubby i was making this tommrow and he was like yessssssssssssss!! 90s style haha.
    to gege no you don’t have to melt the peanut butter just whisk away it will all meld together
    i’m adding extra heat this time for sweet and spicy kick,,cant wait!!

  6. Chelsea says:

    This looks awesome; might taste like the peanut chicken I had in South Korea, and I’ve been wanting since I’m preggo! I’d like to just bake it though, since I have a toddler eating it. So would I still dredge it in flour? can you suggest a temp/time? Thanks so much~ Chelsea

    • Caroline Wright says:

      Hi Chelsea, Actually this recipe isn’t easily translated to an oven version; the batter is too wet that it needs to be fried to set the coating. The best I could suggest would be to fry it for a few minutes and transfer the chicken to a wire rack placed on a baking sheet, and then finished in the oven. Wish there was an easier fix for you!

  7. Christine C says:

    Could you use this coating with chicken fingers? I think I’m going to have to try this!

    • Caroline Wright says:

      Hi Christine! You could definitely use this coating for chicken fingers, but you would just have to drastically reduce the time the chicken spends in the hot oil. Since I haven’t made this recipe like that before, my suggestion would be to fry the chicken fingers until browned (probably about 5 to 8 minutes), pull one out of the oil and cut into it to see if it’s cooked through. Let me know how it goes!

  8. Chris says:

    I tried this and it was really good. Great concept for a recipe. Thanks

    Chris from chicken recipes

  9. Carmen D. says:

    Would LOVE to try this recipe. My daughter loves peanut butte chicken!

  10. Danielle says:

    Two of my favorite things: Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter and fried chicken! Sounds delish! I’d definitely make this if I had company coming over. (my daughter doesn’t like peanut butter)

  11. Diane says:

    This looks like a great recipe to try for company….I’m waiting for my pb and J order to arrive! Just love your peanut butter!

  12. Sabrina T says:

    I am gonna try this recipe before the end of the week. I love the Bees Knees Peanut butter and I love trying new chicken recipes. I would definitely make this for company just to show them what you can do with peanut butter. Peanut Butter & Co. has the best peanut butter I have ever had love this stuff I eat it on something everyday.

    • Sabrina T says:

      Well we just finished this chicken only I made chicken fingers and I was amazing. This is something I will definitely do again. I don’t even care that I didn’t win because I won with this recipe. I shared the chicken with all my neighbors and they loved it too.

  13. Mandy R says:

    This looks amazing and I’ve been needing a new Fried Chicken recipe. Win or not, I will be making it.

  14. Annette says:

    I’m looking for a recipe for my grandson. He asked me if I ever had peanut butter chicken, which I have not, don’t even like peanut butter. He will be visiting today I will make it for him. What kind of oil is best for frying chichken? Peanut Oil? vegetable oil? what

  15. Angela says:

    I’ve been searching for this recipe Please tell me how much cinnamon to add please.

  16. Patricia says:

    I used this recipe and marinated the chicken for 2 days. I grilled and it was awesome! I added a bit more cayenne pepper and shared this recipe with several of my friends.

    Maybe I will fry it next time. Very very good! even my picky son ate it!

  17. pebbles says:

    it looks great and am about to do it for a practical at school. wish me luck, i always wanted to try it.

  18. Natasya says:

    Can other brands of peanut butter be used instead of The Bee’s Knees peanut butter?

  19. timmy says:

    Baking something to eat could be hard but it is fun to just cook.

  20. Wes Brazell says:

    I made this chicken and used peanut flour it is the best thing I have eaten in a long while. I had my mother and father in law over and they asked where I got the take out from. They wanted to get some for later. I told them to take what they wanted with them that I had cooked it. She had to get my receipe.

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