Saucy Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles are made with quick cooking instant ramen noodles and are coated in peanut sauce for a dinner that can be on the table in under 20 minutes.
I’m not sure anyone in Kansas City knows what to talk about now that the eclipse is over.
But I have a few ideas. Let’s talk about a creamy, rich, spicy (or not) Thai Peanut Sauce that I never get tired of. If we’re cooking Thai-inspired food for friends, including Thai Peanut Sauce makes the whole dinner a guaranteed winner. We use it to toss with salads, for dipping satay or alongside summer rolls. This stuff is impossible not to love.
How to Make Thai Peanut Sauce
This Thai Peanut Sauce has layers of sweet and savory flavor rather than just one note of peanut butter. Just whisk together:
- 1 tsp Ginger, grated
- 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce (optional)
The rest of the dish comes together incredibly fast. Rotisserie chicken and a vegetable or two (we like a sliced bell pepper and some shredded carrots) make this a one pan dinner with a good dose of nutrition. Chicken is definitely optional, so just leave it out or use tofu if you’d prefer this to be vegetarian. The dish has plenty of protein even with out the addition of chicken.
Instant ramen noodles are the other secret behind the speed with which this dinner comes together. Soak those noodles in hot water for 3-4 minutes just until they are tender and they’ll be ready to go. (Just be sure to toss any flavor packets that come with the ramen – those fake seasonings have nothing on homemade peanut sauce!)
20 Minute Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles
For the Thai Peanut Sauce:
For the Noodles:
- 6 oz Instant Ramen Noodles (if they came with flavor packets, discard the packets)
- 1 Tbsp Oil (grapeseed, vegetable or peanut)
- 6 oz Shredded Carrots (use pre-shredded to save time)
- 1 Bell Pepper, finely sliced
- 2 cups Cooked Shredded Chicken (rotisserie chicken is great here)
- 1/4 cup Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts
- Chopped Cilantro or Green Onions, for garnish (optional)
- Make the sauce (sauce can be made and refrigerated for up to a week): Whisk together ginger, garlic, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, water, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar and Sriracha. (I usually combine everything in a mason jar and shake it to combine.) Taste the sauce and add a bit more sugar, soy sauce or hot sauce until you like the balance of flavors.
- Soak noodles in hot tap water (or water that is heated in the microwave) until noodles are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Do not let them soak too long because they will cook a bit more when added to the hot wok. Drain and set aside.
- Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add oil and then carrots and bell pepper. Saute until vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add peanut sauce and chicken and cook for a minute to heat everything through.
- Remove wok from the heat and stir in noodles and peanuts. Top noodles with cilantro or green onions.
As written, the noodles and vegetables are coated in Thai Peanut Sauce. If you like your noodles extra saucy, definitely double the sauce and add it until the noodles are dressed to your liking. If you have peanut sauce leftover, it makes a great dipping sauce for veggies later in the week!
These two BFFs would still take good old boxed mac and cheese over “fancy” noodles any day.
Also all the rage in 3-year-old land: sharing secrets, chasing butterflies and the dresses they’re wearing for our picnic below (everything else in their closet is getting the cold shoulder at the moment).