Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

5 from 1 vote

These Peanut Noodles are dressed in the most delicious flavorful peanut sauce. There’s chicken and vegetables added to the mix that makes this dish so perfect for parties and entertaining. These noodles are delicious enjoyed hot or cold!

peanut noodles in large serving bowl

Easy Peanut Noodles

I love a good noodle recipe that is perfect any time of the year for parties and gatherings. These peanut noodles are packed with so much flavor, easy to transport and love that you can enjoy them warm or chilled in the refrigerator. Take a look at my instructions below to be on your way to making this recipe for your guests!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe!

  • It’s quick and easy to put together.
  • These noodles are great to take to any party or for snacking at home!
  • They make delicious leftovers!

Be sure to try my Perfect Charcuterie Board Recipe too, it’s also great for parties. Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.

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Ingredients Needed For Peanut Noodles

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make my delicious noodles. See the recipe card located at the bottom of the post for full instructions.

  • dry spaghetti noodles– Spaghetti noodles will come in a variety of sizes, I prefer the traditional spaghetti noodles. Any size of spaghetti will work just fine.
  • sesame oil– Sesame oil can be found in either the salad dressing section of the grocery store or by the other oils in the baking section. Sesame oil has a very distinct flavor and pairs so nicely in this thai dish. A little goes a long way.
  • minced garlic– The garlic is added to bring a nice layer of flavor to the peanut sauce. You can chop your own fresh garlic or you can purchase garlic that is already minced that is sold in little jars near the produce section.
  • fresh ginger chopped– Fresh ginger is also found in the produce department. It brings a fresh slightly spicy layer to the peanut sauce. If you’ve never used it in a recipe, you use a peeler to peel the skin, then chop it as you need it. It’s aromatic and lovely in many dishes.
  • smooth peanut butter– Peanut butter is the main part of this sauce. Creamy or smooth peanut butter works best.
  • soy sauce– Soy sauce is found in the ethnic section of the grocery store. It brings another savory layer to the peanut sauce.

More Ingredients

  • light brown sugar– The brown sugar brings a touch of sweetness to the sauce.
  • rice vinegar- Rice vinegar can be found in many grocery stores in the salad dressing section or near the oils and other vinegars. Can be a little tricky to spot, ask an associate if you don’t see it.
  • red pepper flakes– Red Pepper flakes bring a little heat to the sauce. Find them in the spices section of your grocery store.
  • hot water– The hot water helps bring the sauce together in the blender.
  • extra virgin olive oil– The olive oil is used to saute the onions.
  • white onion– You’ll finely chop the white onion that will bring a nice flavor to the noodles.
  • orange or red bell pepper– I prefer the bell pepper to be finely chopped and not cooked. You can choose to saute it with the onion if desired.
  • cooked chicken– I use a rotisserie chicken in most of my recipes that call for cooked chicken.
  • fresh cilantro leaves– The fresh cilantro is an important ingredient for the peanut noodles. They add freshness and that great cilantro flavor.
  • kosher salt
  • roasted peanuts– The roasted peanuts are optional, but I love the additional crunch they add to the noodles.
chicken and vegetables over noodles in bowl

How To Make Peanut Sauce Noodles

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, place in a large pasta bowl, and toss with sesame oil. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the sauce. Place garlic and ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, red pepper flakes and hot water into a high powered blender such as Bledtec or a food processor. Blend or pulse until well combined.Set sauce aside.
  3. Saute Onions. Place olive oil in a hot skillet over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes or until softened.
chicken and cilantro over noodles in bowl

4. Add Ingredients To Noodles. Add onions to bowl of cooked spaghetti noodles along with chopped bell pepper, cooked chicken and fresh cilantro.

5. Pour In Sauce. Add sauce to noodles. Toss to coat, season with pinches of salt to taste and garnish with peanuts.

peanut noodles in large serving bowl

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t Overcook Pasta. Watch your pasta carefully when cooking. You don’t want overcooked noodles. I like to check my pasta a couple minutes before the suggested time on the box.
  • Switch Up Protein. Try switching up the protein. Beef is delicious and even shrimp.
  • Use Up Vegetables In Refrigerator. Use any vegetables you have in the refrigerator that need using. Zucchini, broccoli and even corn would be great additions.

How To Serve Peanut Noodles

Serve noodles either hot or cold. When served warm, they can be for dinner and when served cold it feels like a salad for an appetizer. Either option is great, try both ways and decide how you’l like to serve the dish. I love taking this recipe in a giant bowl to summer parties. When served cold, it’s refreshing and great for warm temperatures.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 -5 days. Enjoy cold or reheat as needed. If re-heating, place noodles in a heat proof bowl. Cover bowl lightly and microwave about 60 seconds or until hot.

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5 from 1 vote

Chicken Peanut Thai Noodles

These quick and easy-to-make Thai noodles are coated in a flavor-packed peanut sauce with vegetables and chicken. Great for parties!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 593kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $35
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  • Stove
  • high powered blender or food processor
  • cutting board
  • chef knife
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • mixing spoon


  • 1 lb whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 1 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped white onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped red or orange bell pepper
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken breast
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves missing in the picture, it’s much better with cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts chopped (optional)


  • Cook noodles according to package. Drain, rinse with cold water, place in a large pasta bowl, and toss with sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Place garlic and ginger in a food processor until well chopped. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until well combined and slowly add hot water. Set aside.
  • Place olive oil in a hot skillet over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes or until softened. Add to bowl of cooked spaghetti noodles along with chopped bell pepper (I prefer these uncooked, but you can saute them with onions if you'd like), cooked chicken and fresh cilantro.
  • Add sauce and chicken mixture to noodles. Toss to coat and garnish with peanuts and sesame seeds if desired.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1108mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 533IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: peanut butter noodles, peanut noodles, peanut sauce noodles

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13 Responses
  1. Roxanne Justiz

    5 stars
    This Thai chicken peanut noodles is great when you have leftovers. I love that this recipe is easy to make and does not need to much to make it. My family and I wanted to make something new and I love that I found that. I made some for my grandmother who is a picky eater and she loved it! Thanks for sharing, waiting for more delicious meals to try!

  2. Melissa

    Ok so this review is 6 years after published but I had to come on and comment since I just made it for the first time. You are a culinary genius!! I love Thai favors and this peanut sauce did not disappoint!!!! I made is exactly as written and the whole family (including 4 and 6 year old boys) LOVED it. I didn’t expect the sauce to be so thin so I thought I did something wrong but the taste was great and now I have plenty of leftover sauce to drizzle on something 🙂 thanks for this recipe- a keeper for sure!!!!

  3. Cindy

    I made this last night because I thought it would be a perfect way to use my leftover rotisserie chicken from Costco. My husband doesn’t like the flavor of peanut butter other than on toast with jam, so I wasn’t sure if he’d like this. Luckily, I used this Biscoff spread from Whole Foods since they ran out of all their creamy peanut butter and it definitely got rid of any peanut buttery taste. He couldn’t detect the peanut butter taste, probably because there was none, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Will definitely be using this recipe again. Thanks!

  4. Jason

    I just made this for my family and everyone love it! We doubled the sauce, chicken and veggies for 1 pound of pasta and it worked great. Try this tonight!

  5. Amber

    Super yummy! My hubby hasn’t tried it yet…but I love it. My daughter kept asking for more sauce before I had put it all together!

  6. Becki D

    Ooo this looks FABULOUS. Although I seriously doubt my hubby will go for it, either. Boo! Guess I’ll have to wait for a girl’s night to try this one…but try it I will! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Stephlew

    I made this last night, it was yummy. My picky kids liked it and my hubby! I had been looking for a peanuty pasta recipe, this was it!

  8. cflake

    This is Cullen hacking into the website. I like peanut butter but not in noodles. I am the cause of the “Picky Palate” title so I challenge you to make some noodles that I will love. No offense peanut thai noodles. 🙂

  9. Jenny

    Since I’ve been eating the leftovers this week, I found that it’s nice to have a little extra sauce to drizzle over the re-heated noodles. I mix 1 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter in a small dish. Drizzle over hot noodles. The peanut butter melts when you mix it in the noodles.

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