Thai Peanut Noodles+Easy Peanut Sauce Recipe - Oh Sweet Basil (2024)

Skip your local Thai restaurant when you’re cravingThai Peanut Noodles with Chickenand make it at home instead!Thai peanut sauceand noodles couldn’t be simpler to make!

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Easy Peanut Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce

I’ve resisted posting too many Asian inspired recipes on here because of one little secret: I don’t do spicy. It seems like many favorite Asian recipes have a good kick of heat to them, and I’m not a huge fan of that. But these Thai peanut noodles with peanut sauce are perfect for those that like a good hit of Sriracha and those who don’t. Thai peanut noodles with chicken is my new favorite!

This Thai peanut sauce had me all over the place when I first started testing recipes. Some recipes call for coconut milk, fish sauce, and curry paste, while others stick with peanut butter and sriracha. So what’s the right way?

The more I researched, the more I found that there were a few ingredients in common and others that were basically at-home cooks trying to wing it.Coconut milk makes for a creamy sauce, but it also totally dulls the peanut butter, so that was an easy out.

Sriracha or chili flakes appeared often, but in the end sriracha won because we liked how it came incorporated into the sauce so evenly.

Fish sauce sounded like it must be a shoo-in as many Asian recipes use it, but again it seemed to overpower the other flavors so we got rid of it.Soy sauce or tamari, its gluten-free friend, were a better choice for that salty flavor without the fish flavor. Plus, we liked how it darkened the sauce and smoothed everything out.

Vinegar and sesame oil were back and forth in recipes, but we missed that subtle flavor when it was gone so we added it back in.

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Here’s what we ended up with: ginger and garlic for sure, peanut butter and sriracha for the basic sauce flavors, and a punch of lime juice to brighten everything up. We stuck with warm water instead of coconut milk to thin things up a bit and you could certainly add more if you’d like.

Alright, but what about the Thai peanut noodles? Well, the noodles were a little tricky too. It’s much harder for us to find a good Pad Thai, Rice Noodle, or other Asian noodle so we had to look for one that would hold up to the savory sauce but not be so big and fat that the sauce ends up lost. We ended up using Angel hair pasta or spaghetti, and while I’m sure there are better options this was the most convenient and appetizing for weeknight Thai peanut noodles.

Ahhhh, the Thai peanut chicken needs a moment as well. You see, grilling or baking chicken and then dressing with a sauce fell pretty flat. The sauce didn’t stay on the chicken and the flavor was lacking. You could totally tell it was a plain piece of chicken with a little sauce. We decided to marinate the chicken in the homemade peanut sauce, and although it is absolutely freezing outside we had no choice but to turn to the grill.

Marinating penetrates the chicken all the way through so every bite has a wonderful blast of that irresistible peanut sauce.

The grill brings that extra smoky, enhanced flavor to the chicken and those little black grill marks not only make the meat more appetizing but it really does take the meat to a new level.

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Thai Peanut Noodles & Peanut Sauce Ingredients

For the Thai peanut noodles and peanut chicken, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Bell peppers
  • Sliced red cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Roasted salted peanuts
  • Green onions
  • Pasta

And to make the easy peanut sauce, you’ll need:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Sriracha
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Water
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar

Can I Omit the Peanut Chicken?

If you don’t eat meat or are simply in a rush and don’t have time to marinate or cook the peanut chicken, you’re welcome to omit it. You’d be left with a delicious Thai noodle recipe regardless.

Just note that by omitting the chicken, you’d wind up with lots of leftover peanut butter sauce. So, you can either halve the sauce recipe or save the leftovers for later!

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How to Make Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles with Chicken

The Thai peanut noodles with homemade peanut butter sauce takes little time to prep. Here’s how we make the homemade Thai peanut sauce and peanut noodles:

  1. Whisk together the easy peanut sauce.
  2. Marinate the chicken in half the peanut sauce for at least an hour.
  3. Grill the marinated chicken until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  5. Drain the pasta and toss with the remaining Thai peanut sauce, grilled chicken, and veggies.
  6. Top your Thai peanut sauce noodles with peanuts, cilantro, sesame seeds, and green onion.

What Grill Pan Do You Recommend?

If you don’t want to venture outside, please promise me to use the best grill pan by Lodge. It’s a cast iron grill pan and its ridges are deep enough to actually leave marks, but not so high that the meat takes forever to cook. Plus, it’s only $12! That’s a major steal.

We just found this Lodge Cleaning Kit with a scrub brush, etc. to keep your pan looking and working great without all of the elbow grease. It’s like $20 but it really is worth it. You shouldn’t be caring for your cast iron like your other pans, so buying a couple of items meant for cast iron is a must.

How Long Does Peanut Sauce Last?

If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the Thai peanut sauce will last up to 2 weeks.

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Tips for Making Thai Peanut Sauce & Peanut Noodles

A quick note: ginger is best if it’s fresh in this peanut sauce recipe, but figuring out how to peel ginger can really distract some people from wanting to use it. We recommend peeling ginger with a spoon, not a knife or potato peeler. Just scrape the spoon over the ginger and the peel will come right off and then use a fine holed cheese grater to grate it, or you can mince with a knife.

I should also note that we prefer marinating our chicken in the Thai peanut sauce overnight, although an hour will work if you’re in a rush.

I also like to prep all of the veggies once I’ve set the chicken aside to marinate. I pop the prepped veggies into a 3 compartment storage container. I’ve already prepped the meat, so I just figure I’d might as well take 5 more minutes to prep the veggies, and the storage container keeps everything fresh without blending flavors.


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Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles and Chicken

Thai Peanut Noodles and Chicken

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Servings: 4 -6 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour hr

Cook Time: 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins


Skip your local Thai restaurant when you're cravingThai Peanut Noodles with Chickenand make it at home instead!Thai peanut sauceand noodles couldn't be simpler to make!


  • 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, , cut in 1" Pieces
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, , sliced
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper, , sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Red Cabbage, sliced
  • 1 Cucumber, , peeled and sliced thin then cut in 1-2" pieces
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 1/3 Cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Dry Roasted, Salted Peanuts, , roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Green Onions, , sliced
  • 1/2 Package Pasta, * see note

Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, , minced
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Rice Vinegar


  • Whisk together the peanut sauce ingredients and pour half into an 8x8" baking pan. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.

  • Reserve the remaining peanut sauce for the noodles.

  • Heat a grill to medium high heat. Place the chicken on skewers and grill for 8 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the heat and tent with foil.

  • Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package instructions.

  • Drain the pasta and toss with the chicken, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, and sauce.

  • Top with peanuts, cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with additional sriracha if desired. I never do, but Cade does. 😉


*We prefer using angel hair pasta or spaghetti.

Store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 980kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 50gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1789mgPotassium: 1370mgFiber: 10gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 2205IUVitamin C: 98mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes

Cuisine: Asian

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What is Thai peanut sauce made of? ›

Mix together peanut butter, coconut milk, water, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, ginger, and garlic in a medium serving bowl until well combined. Stir in cilantro just before serving.

What is peanut noodles made of? ›

Peanut Noodles Recipe Ingredients

It's creamy, bright, savory, and sweet, made with simple ingredients like peanut butter, tamari or soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh ginger, rice vinegar, and lime juice. For these noodles, I add an extra tablespoon of tamari to boost the savory flavor.

How long does homemade Thai peanut sauce last in the fridge? ›

I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe to have throughout the week with salad rolls, roasted veggies, and salads. How long with the sauce last? The Peanut Sauce will last up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

What to put peanut sauce on? ›

Dip your veggies

Carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, red peppers, and snow peas are just some of the vegetables that taste great when paired with Thai Peanut Sauce. Try a unique twist with your veggies and dip Summer Rolls into the rich, peanut flavor!

What is Thai peanut sauce called? ›

Satay sauce is a slightly spicy peanut sauce. While it's popularly associated with Thai cuisine, it's enjoyed throughout Southeast Asia and has Indonesian roots. It's best known as the sauce for satay, a tasty appetizer of marinated meat (often chicken, pork, or beef) grilled on a skewer.

What does Thai peanut sauce taste like? ›

It's salty, sweet, acidic and bold — a sauce like no other. For the uninitiated, Asian peanut sauce is a puree of peanuts, soy sauce, ginger, sesame, spices and often garlic, lemongrass and lime.

What to use Thai peanut sauce for? ›

Thai peanut sauce is both a cooking ingredient and a dip. You can spice up any salad, stir fry or noodle bowl with this eclectic sauce. If you're looking for cooking inspiration, Thai peanut sauce is a nutty and sweet pairing for many common vegetables.

What country are peanut noodles from? ›

Peanut butter noodles might sound like an Americanised version of a Chinese dish, and you can find this item on menus all around New York's Chinatown, but its origins don't lie there. The dish, made from a ground peanut sauce, hails from Shaxian, in the south-eastern coastal province of Fujian.

What is Chinese peanut sauce made of? ›

This sauce is made using peanut butter, sauces like hot sauce, vinegar and soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free), garlic and seasoning. It can be seasoned as you like.

Do I need to refrigerate peanut sauce? ›

Simply keep it in a cool, dark place. Generally, an unopened bottle of peanut sauce will last about a year if it's stored correctly. While it's a good idea to keep the “use by” date in mind, it's usually just fine for a few months after that date. Once the bottle is opened, you'll need to keep it in the refrigerator.

Can peanut sauce go bad? ›

Peanut sauce will keep for up to a week in a refrigerated airtight container. But remember to take the sauce out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving to let it come to room temperature — you know how stubborn peanut butter can be.

Does Thai food use peanut sauce? ›

Satay and spicy peanut sauces have become mistakenly identified with Thai cuisine. They actually originated further down the Malay peninsula and in the Indonesian archipelago where they dominate the offerings in food bazaars and streetside stalls as well as in refined restaurants.

Is peanut sauce an American thing? ›

Peanut sauce, satay sauce (saté sauce), bumbu kacang, sambal kacang, or pecel is an Indonesian sauce made from ground roasted or fried peanuts, widely used in Indonesian cuisine and many other dishes throughout the world.

How do you tone down peanut sauce? ›

You can reduce the sweetness by diluting it with more peanut butter, or with tahini. Adding sliced green onions, as part of the sauce or as a garnish, will also help balance the sweetness, as will an acidic component like vinegar or lemon juice. Or lime, depending on what you're cooking.

Is Thai peanut sauce good for you? ›

Peanut sauce is a popular accompaniment to satay, grilled chicken or tofu and a wide variety of Asian-inspired dishes, particularly dishes from Thailand. While most peanut sauces do contain nutrient-packed ingredients, they're also high in calories and fat, making them healthy choices -- but only in moderation.

Is peanut butter and peanut sauce the same thing? ›

Several different recipes for making peanut sauces exist, resulting in a variety of flavours, textures and consistency. A typical recipe usually contains ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter (smooth or crunchy), coconut milk, soy sauce, tamarind, galangal, garlic, and spices (such as coriander seed or cumin).

Does Thai peanut sauce have sugar? ›

Thai Style Peanut Sauce blends premium roasted peanuts with traditionally brewed soy sauce, sugar, wine, honey, miso, sesame oil, and a mix of seasonings and spices.

Why is peanut sauce healthy? ›

Peanut sauce can be a healthy addition to any diet. Since it is made from peanut butter, it naturally has some protein. Look for ones with not a lot of sodium or added sugar. Better yet, when making it at home, you have full control over the quality of the ingredients.

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