Peanut Noodles with Chicken (20 Minute Recipe!!)

These 20-minute Peanut Noodles with Chicken, Thai-style creamy peanut sauce and crunchy red cabbage make a perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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Quick and easy is the only way I’m getting any cooking done on weeknights.

Between work, blogging, trying to squeeze in a workout, and making sure I catch the latest episode of Real Housewives, I’m really strapped for time in the evenings… 😉😉😉 

So I’m always on the hunt for dinners that take 30 minutes or less. Here’s a dinner plan that takes just 20 minutes.

Spicy sesame noodles with chicken and peanuts…

Two hands with chopsticks holding bowl of sesame noodles with chopsticks.

Things couldn’t be easier with this dish. While your pasta boils away, your chicken poaches right next to it in its own pot of boiling water. This whole process is totally hands off, leaving you free to prepare the amazing sesame-peanut sauce in the meantime.

Let’s talk about that peanut sauce…

It’s tangy, creamy and can be made with ingredients you likely may already have in your cupboard – A bit of red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, peanut butter, and just a bit of hot chili oil for some heat.

I kept things on the mild side here. However, if you like things extra spicy (like me) feel free to customize your bowl by drizzling a bit of extra chili oil over the top at the end.

Thai Peanut Sauce ingredients

  • Garlic
  • Peanut butter
  • Red wine vinegar – You can also substitute apple cider vinegar or a splash of lime juice.
  • Sesame oil 
  • Soy sauce – Or, swap in some of my homemade kecap manis for a sweeter version.
  • Hot chili oil – You can leave this out if you prefer less heat.
  • Honey – Or, maple syrup or agave syrup.
  • Vegetable oil – Or, avocado oil or canola oil.

Bowl ingredients

  • Chicken breast – You can also use ground chicken or turkey for this recipe.
  • Linguini – You can use any pasta here – spaghetti, fettuccini, etc. Or, use rice noodles for a more authentic version of these peanut sesame noodles. You can also use udon noodles, soba noodles, or ramen noodles.
  • Red cabbage
  • Scallions (aka green onions)

To add some crunch and color to these chicken peanut noodles, I tossed in some red cabbage. A sprinkling of scallions over the top finishes things off and makes these bowls not only ready for their glamour shots, but for slurping too.

I’m in no way graceful when I’m eating these peanut sauce noodles, or any kind of pasta really. All manners are out the door when noodles are involved. And if it’s ramen or dan dan noodles – I definitely need a bib.

You know how they give you lobster bibs? There should totally be noodle bibs too. Tell me I’m not alone here…


  • Vegetarian: You can leave out the chicken, or try swapping in this spicy peanut tofu.
  • Shrimp: Try swapping out the chicken for some sauteed shrimp.
  • With Extra Veggies: Add in some roasted broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, red bell pepper, spinach, etc. to get some extra veggies in.
  • Spicy: Add some heat by stirring some sambal oelek or red pepper flakes into your finished dish.

How to make ahead & store

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet, adding a splash of water, if needed.

What to serve with them

Wine pairings

  • RieslingGewürztraminer: Look for a white wine with just a hint of sweetness to it – It’s a great way to tame down the heat in this dish.
  • Rosé is another great match – It’s acidity, and light body will pair nicely with the peanut sauce. (Here are some great rosé wines under $10)
Two hands with chopsticks holding bowl of sesame chicken noodles with chopsticks.

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Peanut Noodles with Chicken

These 20-Minute Sesame Peanut Noodles with Chicken feature a Thai-style creamy peanut sauce and crunchy red cabbage. The perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner.
5 from 14 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • Bring two large pots of salted water to a boil (one for the pasta, one for the chicken). Once boiling, add chicken, cover pot, and remove from heat. Set aside for 15 minutes to poach the chicken.
  • Add linguini to the other pot of boiling water and cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine garlic, peanut butter, vinegar, 1 tbsp. sesame oil, soy sauce, chili oil, honey, vegetable oil and ¼ cup water in a small bowl. Whisk until combined.
  • Using two forks, shred the chicken.
  • Drain linguini and return to the pot, toss with the remaining 1 tbsp. sesame oil. Add shredded chicken, red cabbage and sauce mixture and toss to combine. Serve garnished with green onions and additional hot chili oil, if desired.
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Calories: 904kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1869mg | Potassium: 1172mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3.4mg

This recipe was originally published in 2017. It was updated in 2023 to add new content. The original thai peanut noodles with chicken recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

28 thoughts on “Peanut Noodles with Chicken (20 Minute Recipe!!)”

  1. Yum! This sounds delicious, and something I know my kids would eat (they’ll eat anything with peanut butter in it 😉 which is why they love anything Thai inspired).
    I can see me adding a couple other veggies in there (just to make sure my kids are eating their veggies), otherwise this sounds like the perfect (and beautiful) dinner!
    And rosé sounds spot on with this 🙂

    • I slice the chicken then dip it in egg and thrn use panko bread crumbs on it then bake it. Sprinkle some green onions and some seaame seeds on top for garnish

  2. 5 stars
    The BEST recipe that is incredibly easy to do. Instead of chicken breast, I use ground chicken and cook it in a little bit of the sauce to get it to that perfect flavoring. Awesome meal that’s quick and easy and even the most picky of individuals will love it.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! My boyfriend raved about this and I will make it again!!! The only thing was that I needed to simmer the chicken breasts to cook through, but they were cold to start out. Ty so much for sharing!!!

5 from 14 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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