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Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles are big on flavor, full of goodness, and can be served warm, cold, or room temperature. Easy and delicious for any weeknight dinner.

thai peanut noodles with condiments
Refreshing noodles with all the fixings

Thai Peanut Noodles with a Kick

Can I just take a moment to say I’m actually good with the sky being cloudy and cool today? It’s soooo not my nature to say something that outlandish; I’m a summer gal through and through. But we just emerged from a weeklong heat wave, with humidity nearly thick enough to steam up your eyeglasses.

I’m that girl that rarely turns on the air condition in the car or in the house, as I’d rather throw open the windows all the way and let the warm wind happen. All summer long, I’m outdoors every second possible. Except last week.

When it’s too hot to turn on the oven or even consider the grill, it’s time for cool recipes like Thai Peanut Noodles.     

Spicy thai peanut noodles on a white plate
Regular noodles, gluten-free noodles – it’s up to you

Easy Weeknight Meal

Whether it’s keeping the kids busy while they’re home all summer or it’s the hectic reorienting of fall schedules, one thing is certain: easy yet delicious dinners are appreciated.

The only cooking you’ll need to do is boil the noodles. All the other components (vegetables and peanut sauce) require only slicing and tossing.

How to Meal Prep This Dish

  • The fresh vegetables, such as sweet bell peppers, zucchini, and green onions, can be sliced well in advance. Keep them chilled in an airtight container, up to 2 days. If you want maximum crispness in your dish, toss them with noodles just before serving.
  • Shred rotisserie chicken up to 2 days in advance; keep chilled in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • The peanut sauce can be made at least 2 days ahead of time. Just give it a good stir when ready to use.
  • For ultimate weeknight ease, prepare entire dish the afternoon or night before you want to serve it. Keep chilled and give it a toss before serving.
Vegetables and Meat for Thai Peanut Noodles
Amp up the colors, textures, and flavors

Serve it Cold or at Room Temperature

If you like having your meals prepared ahead of time, you’ll love that this Thai peanut noodle dish can be made well before you have to serve it. Because it can be served chilled or at moderate room temperature, there’s no need to worry about timing dinner just right. This dish is superb for your lunchbox the next day as well.

peanut sauce for thai peanut noodles
Thai style peanut sauce keeps well in the fridge.

Choose your spice level, pick your protein

This Asian noodle dish is full of fresh, crispy, colorful veggies. Keep it vegetarian, or add shredded chicken or sautéd shrimp for extra protein.

If you or your eaters enjoy a bit of kick, there’s no better choice than a dash (or three) of Sriracha to deliver a flavor punch.

As for the noodles, spaghetti or linguine noodles work great. Gluten-free noodles can also be used.

thai noodles with peanut sauce
Add your choice of protein and spice it up however you like.

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Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

4.82 from 11 ratings
Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles are full healthy, delicious, and easy to meal prep. Can be served warm, room temperature, or cold.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

For the Noodles:

  • 16 oz uncooked spaghetti or linguine noodles
  • 2 TB Asian toasted sesame oil, found in Asian aisles
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced into thin strips 2 inches long
  • 1 cup chopped fresh green onions
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ hot water
  • 2 TB Asian rice vinegar
  • 3 TB regular soy sauce
  • 2 TB pure honey
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 TB grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 1 TB Asian toasted sesame oil
  • Optional Garnishes: chopped salted/roasted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, chopped cilantro, Sriracha chili sauce

Instructions

  • Cook: In a large heavy pot, cook noodles in well-salted boiling water, according to package instructions. Rinse with cold water thoroughly. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle with 2 TB Asian sesame oil. Toss well and set aside.
  • Sauce: While pasta is cooking, prepare peanut sauce: Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk together in a bowl until fully incorporated. Set aside (note: sauce can be made in advance.)
  • Toss: Toss sauce with cooled noodles until well coated. Add bell pepper, cucumber, green onions, and shredded chicken, tossing to combine well. Can be covered and chilled or kept at room temp until ready to serve. Garnish as desired when ready to serve.

Notes

Peanut Sauce can be made 1-2 days in advance. Keep chilled in airtight container until ready to use, and stir before use.
Entire dish, minus garnishes, can be prepared the night before. Keep covered and chilled.
Feel free to omit chicken for a meatless version.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 72.4g | Protein: 18.3g | Fat: 19.2g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 469.2mg | Fiber: 4.5g | Sugar: 12.4g
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian American
Method: Stovetop

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15 comments

    • Jason
    • 5 stars

    Excellent recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, glad you liked it!

    • Debbie
    • 5 stars

    This Spicy Thai Peanut noodles are just fantastic. This dish is super easy to make and my whole family loved it.

    • Marisa Franca
    • 5 stars

    This is just the type of noodles we like to eat. The sauce was perfection and the spiciness was just hot enough. We didn’t have any pasta left over, unfortunately, so we’ll be making this again very soon.

    • Heidy Linn

    I am so happy I found your Spicy Thai Peanut noodles recipe via Pinterest! I was so excited to make this after coming to your blog and seeing just how delicious looking all the pictures were. The recipe came out great, and the family loved it.

    I am passing the recipe link to a few friends from work! Have a great day!

    Oh, one quick question if my niece has a peanut allergy, what are some useful suggestions for substitutes? She can have tree nuts—which ones would you suggest? Maybe a pecan butter?
    Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Heidy! Pecan butter or maybe even unsweetened Sun butter could work…there are more options these days, thankfully!

    • Loreto and Nicoletta
    • 5 stars

    I love Thai cuisine. So fresh, vibrant and flavorful! The colors are beautiful, and what an array of textures. This us definitely a must try! Thanks for sharing. Oh I so wanted to reach in the picture a give the dish a squeeze of lime!❤

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you!

    • Linda
    • 5 stars

    This Thai peanut noodle is our new favorite. So easy, refreshing, and delicious especially when the weather is hot

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Linda!

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    I love that this dish comes together so quickly! It was a perfectly flavored weeknight dinner that we all enjoyed.

    • Natalie
    • 5 stars

    Oh yum! This looks delicious. I never tried thai peanut noodles. Flavors are amazing and simplicity amazes me. Why didn’t I realized this dish before?!

    • veenaazmanov
    • 5 stars

    This dish sounds unique and the Thai flavor and combination of the Peanut Crunch sounds yummy. A must try dish for sure.

    • Heather
    • 5 stars

    I’m trying to get more into weekly meal planning and prepping, and I am definitely adding this to my list! I can’t wait to make a giant batch of the peanut sauce – yum!

    • Allyssa
    • 5 stars

    Highly recommended! Super easy to make and really delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Will surely have this again!

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