Spicy Shredded Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce

I’ve strayed away from my almond-butter-obsessed ways.

Its replacement: Sunbutter.

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It all started when I realized that Liv wanted to eat everything I was eating, and I waited a while before introducing almonds to her. (Sunflower seeds are not a highly allergenic food.) It didn’t seem fair to be shoveling almond butter in my face all the livelong day when she couldn’t have a bite. Now that she eats pretty much everything, we’re still Sunbutter obsessed. It’s been a nice change since I kind of overdid it on the AB. I’m pretty sure I burned out from jars and jar of almond butter, year after year.

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Also, I realized that many times I was eating it, I was bored and just felt like snacking on something, and now that I have Livi… well, I’m definitely never bored πŸ˜‰

So even though I’m not going through a jar a week anymore -we go through a lot of Sunbutter now- I still love almond butter as an accompaniment. It’s no longer the star of the show, but rather a fun nutty addition to snacks and recipes.

Like this chicken:

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We’ve been in a chicken rut lately, while I love the convenience of crockpot chicken, we tend to do the same things over and over. I was trying to think of a new sauce or flavor profile to try, and my beloved spicy almond butter sauce came to mind. It was a wise choice, indeed.

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To get in some extra veggies, I added chopped fresh green beans and carrots to the mix, and served it along with quinoa for dinner.

This afternoon, it was an absolutely fantastic snack wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, basil, lime juice and sriracha. 

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 (Pay no attention to that sad roll in the back)

It will be fun option to add to salads and wraps this week!

What I did for those who would like to make some at home, too:

Spicy Shredded Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce
Serves 3
A nutty twist on classic slow-cooked chicken
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
4 hr
For the slow cooker
  1. 2 large chicken breasts
  2. 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  3. 1/2 pound of green beans, trimmed and chopped
  4. 1 cup chicken broth
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. 3 cloves of minced garlic
For the sauce
  1. 1/2 cup almond butter
  2. 1/3 C almond milk (or milk of choice)
  3. 1 tablespoon Tamari or soy sauce
  4. 1 teaspoon of honey
  5. Splash of sriracha
  6. Salt, pepper and garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, add the chicken, garlic, broth, carrots and green beans
  2. Top with broth (make sure there's enough to go halfway up the chicken) and season liberally with salt and pepper
  3. Set to low for 4-6 hours
  4. When chicken is finished, use a fork to shred the meat and then make the almond butter sauce by whisking all ingredients in a bowl until smooth
  5. Top the chicken and veggies with almond butter sauce and stir to coat
  6. Enjoy atop brown rice or quinoa for a savory and satisfying dinner!
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I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Have a great day <3

xoxo

Gina

 

 

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Comments

  1. chicken with an almond butter sauce? sounds fabulous!

    I’ve seen a LOT of people eating sunflower butter but I’ve never tried it. Is it pretty similar in nutrition and taste to AB?

  2. yum! this looks awesome πŸ™‚

  3. How were you able to get the Yumprint recipe onto your blog?? That is a great idea and a great recipe!!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I love the new recipe layout. Very easy to read & it looks nice.

  5. Yum! I’ve always wanted to make a homemade savory sauce using some kind of nut or seed butter. I haven’t had almond butter in a longggg time, but I have had lots of sunbutter and peanut butter for sure.
    This looks delicious and simple–my kinda meal!

  6. I recently switched from almond butter to sunbutter too! Mostly to mix it up, but it’s also less expensive than almond butter. I really like the taste of sun and how runny/drippy it is!

  7. Yum thanks Gina!

  8. Chicken and almond butter sounds like an amazing combination! Looks delicious as well! πŸ™‚

  9. I love peanut sauce on chicken but I never would have thought to use almond butter! Recipe looks amazing!

  10. What plugin do you use for your recipes?! Looks cool!

  11. Mmm, sunbutter is THEE best nut butter in my mind! I don’t think I’ll ever go back πŸ™‚

  12. LOVE sun butter! So delicious and you’re right, definitely a nice mix up from almond or peanut butter. (Do other people still eat peanut butter? I feel like almond butter has taken over but I still love me some PB). That chicken looks fantastic! Will definitely be trying it out soon!

    • I still eat PB! I’ve tried to get into AB, but frankly, I just don’t like the taste of almonds πŸ™ I can do unsweetened almond milk in smoothies and shakes, but that’s only because the taste is masked by the other ingredients. If I were to make this sauce, I’d use peanut for sure!

  13. Kristina g. says:

    have you heard of “cracked butter”

    so good its like crack. lol

    nut butters with why protein.
    check out their site. im obsessed with the chocolate chip cookie dough one.

    crackedbutter.com

    kristina

  14. Another great recipe Gina! I was actually looking for rice paper in the grocery store today and couldn’t find any. Boo. I’ve never tried sunbutter. I’m just getting on board with the almond butter and cashew butter craze.

  15. I’ve never had sunbutter. But I think ill have to add it to my foods to try list

  16. Describe the taste of sunflower butter, I’ve never eaten it. I do like almond butter though.

  17. Can I just live in your kitchen? I don’t care about the rest of the house (though in pictures it looks really beautiful and I’m sure it’s even better in person)I just want to live in your kitchen and smell the amazing smells and eat the delicious food! I will be your kitchen troll! Pretty please with almond butter on top?!

  18. I love rice wraps, but I rarely buy them and they seem like a nice change to other wraps.
    I just made stuffed chicken with spinach, garlic, nutmeg, and goat cheese to change things up.
    Also, there’s a great mango Thai chicken recipe on Paleomg

  19. I’m that person who can eat the same same thing constantly for months on end and then I burn out and can’t look at that food. That’s what happened to me and sunbutter about a year ago! I can’t even think about it much less smell it! I forced down the last bit of the jar I had because I didn’t want to waste is but…blech. Sadly, I can’t do almond butter due to allergies but PB and homemade cashew butter have a permanent spot in my pantry! πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista says:

      that’s what i do, too! when i find something i love, i overdose on it and then don’t want it again for a loooong time

  20. Wow what store is that picture taken in? I’ve never seen so much Justins or PB&Co…I need those options!! The supermarket near me sells no PB&Co and only one Justins in the squeezable pouch.

  21. LOVE the yumprint addition! i had never heard of it before, but now i’m signed up and excited to easily save your recipes. thanks girl!

  22. I was just thinking to myself today that I’ve been paying an awful lot of attention to the sunflower seed butter jar and I miss that rich, nutty almond butter flavor! Umm, Gina please get my out my head/mental dream journal!! lol! Can’t wait to try this sauce after my belated bday massage later this week. πŸ™‚

  23. Oohh, these look so good! I love spring rolls and have the rice papers but just always forget to make them.

  24. i love me a nutty sauce! Those sound like amazing wraps!

  25. Oh my goodness, I am so making these. I gotta find my darn crock pot. Ha ha. πŸ™‚

  26. I just found out how AMAZING almond butter is a few days ago, and now sunbutter?! Get out! That looks so good! Hahaha.

  27. Oohh, this sounds delicious!!!! πŸ™‚

  28. Gosh, I am totally on a chicken rut too and I do also love Thai Spring Rolls. This combination sounds awesome!

  29. Wow Gina, that sounds delicious. Thanks for adding to my crockpot chicken arsenal! Putting it on the dinner menu for next week. πŸ™‚

  30. I made something similar for dinner on Sunday. But I used peanut butter and cooked it in the sauce. In the slow cooker too.

  31. I LOVE the slow cooker!! We use it all the time!! Oh, these chicken sounds amazing! I love the addition of almond butter. I’m totally pinning this!

  32. I’m loving the almond sauce and sriracha combination for the spring rolls.

  33. That first picture of the whole section of nut butters made me smile. Love that part of the grocery store. That area and then the chocolate bar section. πŸ˜‰

  34. I’m not a huge fan of sunbutter- the sugar in it is too much for me and the kids. Of course my kids beg for it because they love sweet stuff but I wasn’t cool with the amount of sugar in the TJ’s version.

  35. Looks yummy! I still love my almond butter, but am loving some homemade sunflower butter recently with coconut oil!

  36. I have been feeling like I’m in a bit of a chicken rut as well, this should jazz up my dinners this week! Also, I totally agree that the new recipe card is gorg!

  37. Could you substitute hot (wing) sauce for the siracha? Or is the flavor profile too different?

  38. Yum love this flavor combo. I get bored with the same ole- same ole too!
    Just saw the below recipe for a good idea:

    http://iowagirleats.com/2013/08/20/crock-pot-roast-chicken/#comments

  39. I have to say… I am mega-jealous of that nut butter wall. Atlantic Canadian are lucky to see 1/4 of that selection πŸ™ BUT we do have Sunbutter! I might have to try it πŸ™‚

  40. I’ve never thought about putting almond butter in a chicken recipe before! I will definitely be trying it out because it looks delicious!

  41. I made this last night for dinner. Oh my – I wanted to swim in that sauce! I am going to try it on grilled chicken next. Thanks Gina for another amazing recipe!

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