Sheet Pan Thai Coconut Peanut Chicken with Pineapple and Broccoli is a meal all in one baked in ONE PAN with quite possibly the best Thai Peanut Sauce ever complimented by sweet, slightly caramelized pineapple!
This Thai Coconut Peanut Chicken is my favorite foodie elements all one plate – or more accurately, all on one pan from the marinated crunchy peanut, panko, coconut crusted chicken, to the fresh, sweet and tangy pineapple, to the marinade tossed roasted broccoli, to the creamy coconut infused Thai Peanut Sauce. So many multidimensional layers of flavors. So many multidimensional layers of texture. So many reasons to love this Sheet Pan Thai Coconut Peanut Chicken!
This Peanut Chicken recipe is a marriage of two of my favorites – my Thai Peanut Pineapple Chicken Satay (and reader’s fav!) and my Cashew Coconut Crusted Chicken. I used the incredible lick-the-plate-delish Peanut Sauce from my Satay to create the Sauce and Marinade that’s a harmony of pineapple juice, coconut milk, soy sauce, brown sugar, peanut butter and dashes of lime juice, fish sauce, basil and ginger. After you marinate the chicken, you have done most of the work already because you reserve most of this marinade to thicken and become your Peanut Sauce so you get a dynamic marinade and sauce all in one!
How to Make Thai Coconut Peanut Chicken
To create your peanut coconut crusted chicken, you first process peanuts to the size of panko breadcrumbs. The combination of the peanuts and the panko create a beautiful crunch, then add in the coconut and you have a magical blend of crunchy, nutty savory, sweet and salty.
Lastly, toss your broccoli with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and reserved marinade. Toss your pineapple with olive oil and a little brown sugar to enhance the natural sweetness.
While your Sheet Pan Thai Coconut Peanut Chicken bakes for 15-20 minutes you simmer your reserved Peanut Sauce to thicken and that’s it! Peanut coconut crusted chicken, a nutty multidimensional peanut sauce complimented and enlivened by fresh pineapple. Serve with rice and you have my idea of the perfect bite. I hope you love it too!
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