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Thai Peanut Chicken and Noodles

This versatile chicken recipe is very similar to chicken pad Thai but easier to make and tastes just as good. Rice noodles can be swapped with mung bean noodles or any type of egg noodles. —Kristina Segarra, Yonkers, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 package (6.75 ounces) thin rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Halved cucumber slices and chopped peanuts, optional


  • For sauce, whisk together first eight ingredients. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil; remove from heat. Add noodles; let stand until noodles are tender but firm, 3-4 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain well.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over medium-high heat; saute chicken until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • In same pan, saute onion in remaining oil over medium-high heat until tender, 2-3 minutes. Stir in sauce; cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened. Add noodles and chicken; heat through, tossing to combine. If desired, top with cucumber and chopped peanuts. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This recipe can be made with angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti. Cook according to package directions for al dente, rinse with cold water, then drain. Add to the chicken mixture as directed.
  • These noodles are lightly coated with sauce. For more peanut flavor or creamier sauce, increase the peanut butter by 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  • If you don't have molasses, the same amount of honey or brown sugar can be used instead.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 cups: 444 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1270mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.

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    • tammycookblogsbooks
      Dec 28, 2020

      Try this recipe! Used egg noodles as the creator suggested. My children didn’t think it would be tasty but decided to try it and really liked it. Had no cucumbers but can see how they would be a great addition to the dish.

    • Marcia
      Oct 6, 2019

      I have made similar recipes in the past. Gave this one a try and was leery of the half cup of water it asked you to add. When it came time to add the sauce to the pot and cook til slightly thickened, I should have followed my instinct and not added all that water. It took forever to reduce down. I also quadrupled the peanut butter as it had very little peanut taste as written. I liked the fact that this made a lot of sauce to completely cover the noodles and chicken. I also liked the cucumber on the top of the dish for an added crunch.