CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta

6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with white meat chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce full of umami, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home.

CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home. CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with white meat chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce full of umami, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home. I mean it! Put the take-out menus away!  

There is no doubt about it, we’re a noodle loving house. A surefire way to make sure I am not making extra grilled cheese sandwiches for anyone who refuses to eat is to make noodles, especially peanut noodles. Even if you have leftovers (which we sometimes don’t as we have been known to overeat pasta around these parts), you can’t count on getting any of the leftovers.

The next morning I woke up having dreamt about this CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta (I am a weird soul who can dream about carbs, I think it is the diets I was on as a young adult!) and when I made my way downstairs in the morning I knew I was going to take a cold bite of pasta only to find my husband had done away with the small amount left in the middle of the night. That is how good this pasta is…. it doesn’t even make it to the next morning.CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home.  This is where I would normally give you the play by play photos for this amazing CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta. Only problem is that my SD card bit the dust and I only noticed it after I had finished making the dish. Thankfully I was going to offload the pictures before taking the glamour shots, so the delicious proof of the meal still exists!

During dinner, my husband suggested I draw a stick figure (this is about as artistic as I get) re-enactment of the cooking process for you while I was expressing frustrating with my SD card having failed me. The look I gave him in return said as much as I imagine it needed to because his next move was to take the kids upstairs for bath time and bedtime! This meant I got to watch some Real Housewives while enjoying the end of my pasta. Double win! PS, is there anyone out there who is actually Team Ramona? She makes my head hurt.  Watching her also makes me miss RHOBH and my darling Lisa.

Ok, ok I just went off on a tangent. Back to the food already! Right?

If you chop the ingredients while you boil the water and make the sauce while the veggies are cooking you will be done start to finish in 20 minutes. Just be aware this recipe does use pre-made chicken chunks. We had roasted a couple of chickens off in the oven the day before so it was easy enough to toss the pieces in.

If you don’t have any pre-cooked chicken on hand, dice up the chicken breast in ¾ inch cubes, season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet and add the chicken. Let cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes, then turn. Give it another 2 minutes and you are ready to go! If you do make the chicken fresh, I highly suggest cooking the veggies in this pan, the chicken bits left behind can only add more flavor! CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home.

California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Thai Chicken Pasta is full of chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce full of umami. Easy to make at home, put the take-out menus away!

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CPK Inspired Thai Chicken Pasta

A version of a very popular California Pizza Kitchen dish, this Thai Chicken Pasta is restaurant quality, with easy to find ingredients. The mix of vegetables and chicken with the spicy-sweet and umami sauce is one your family will want over and over again.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons oriental sesame oil , divided use
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 2 cups napa cabbage , sliced
  • 2 cups chopped , cooked chicken breast meat
  • 8 green onions , chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce


  • Bring a pot of water to boil.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of salt to season the water.
  • Cook pasta, al dente (I shoot for a minute shy of what the box says)
  • Drain pasta and toss with 2 tbsp sesame oil.
  • Pat dry the inside of the pot and add 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
  • If you would like to add some green onions as a garnish at the end, reserve ¼ cup of them before putting the rest in the pan.
  • Add the green onions, carrots, napa cabbage, chicken, garlic and ginger.
  • Saute for a minute or two until they have softened and barely start to turn color.
  • Add in the honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar and Sriracha.
  • Stir all the ingredients together and add the pasta back into the pot.
  • Toss the pasta with the rest of the ingredients and serve!
  • Garnish with remaining green onions if you chose to reserve some.


Heavily adapted from Recipelink.


Calories: 734kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 3825IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2.8mg

CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home.

CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home.
CPK Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta made with chicken, vegetables, and a honey-peanut sauce, this California Pizza Kitchen dish is easy to make at home.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I am hungry and this is starving me to death. I love any kind of Asian meal with chicken in it.

  2. I have never had Thai food but u must say this looks amazing!!! I’m sure my husband would love for me to expand my culinary flavors!! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  3. This sounds like a delicious recipe. Chicken is on sale right now, so I’ll get some to make this. The recipe is easy to follow and has some yummy ingredients I like to eat.

  4. This dish looks amazing! I’ll have to try this. My kids would love. They are huge fans of anything with noodles! lol

  5. OMG this looks so good! I’ll have to make it one night for my and my hubby! My daughter is allergic to peanuts 🙁 but we love CPK so I think we may try it the next time we go!

    1. Is she allergic to all nuts? If not, try cashews! It is still amazing when made with Cashew butter!

  6. Yum! I cannot wait to try this. I always forget I can make Thai at home. Since I am the only one who will eat it. I am going to try your recipe and most of the family is out of town for the holiday it makes it that much more special. Your pictures are lovely.

  7. That looks so delicious! I made something similar on Monday and it was just incredible! Great recipe!

  8. I really like CPK and Thai so this is probably something I should make! Thank you for sharing!!

  9. Peanut sauce calls to me. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love going out to eat, but it can be tricky and expensive. I’d much rather have yummy meals at home.

    1. Yes! I feel like anytime we go out to CPK for the 4 of us, we easily go over $80-$100 and I could make a great meal AND get a mani-pedi for that!

  10. This dish combines two things I can’t live without, pasta and Thai food. I would totally inhale this recipe!

  11. Wow, this looks great! I just had thai today and thought how awesome it would be to know how to make it myself!

  12. YUM!! That looks so good. I love Thai food! I will definitely be making this recipe very soon! Thanks!

  13. This looks super delicious, I really want to make it! I have a peanut allergy kid though so will have to use almond or cashew butter instead. I know, not quite the same but a necessity 😉

    1. I have made it with cashew butter actually!! I almost love it as much. Peanut is just such a familiar flavor!

  14. Beautiful photos! Sorry you weren’t able to get as many as you like, but the post is very gorgeous anyways. I have a warm place in my heart for peanut noddles because a friend made them for me after the birth of my daughter. I had never had anything similar, and they were so incredible. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Aww thank you! That is so sweet to have such a great food memory. I craved In ‘n Out while pregnant so now when I drive by one I always remember those days too.

  15. I have never made anything like this before. I will have to try making this on the weekend. I am sure my kids will love it.

  16. This looks so good! I love making special dinners that we would normally order out for!

  17. I would love to try this, it looks SO good! It reminds me of chicken fried rice with noodles added, love it!

    1. Ok, now I totally need to eat some fried rice with noodles! Starch on top of starch is my happy place, haha.

  18. I never knew California Pizza Kitchen had pasta dishes but do enjoy their menu items I have tried. I will never turn down a Thai dish with a bit of spice and (total side note) I love RHOBH too.

    1. It is so hard to look away from the list of pizzas but they have 2 pasta dishes I obsess over. This one is no longer on their menu but the other one (which I will make shortly for the blog) that I LOVE is their Kung Pao Chicken Spaghetti. It is so delicious, I order it every time we go! PS, RHOBH is the best, hands down, especially now that they let Brandi go!

  19. I jut picked up a Thia meal helper to make a similar dish but yours looks simple enough to do on my own! I’ve never had the CPK version, and didn’t know CPK had Thai selections either.

    1. Yes! It is really easy! It is amazing how quickly things like ginger, garlic and sesame oil build amazing flavor!

  20. A beautiful presentation! While I’m not big on thai food, my husband is a big fan.

  21. This looks so good. Def a dish I’ve never had but would love to try some day. I’m very interested in Peanut Chicken!

  22. This looks really good. I need to make this I think my husband and son will like it. Thanks for the recipe.

  23. This is seriously my favorite Thai recipe. I could eat it everyday! Making this one soon. The picture looks amazing!

    1. Thank you! I am trying really hard to take good photos… my husband gets so impatient when dinner is ready! haha.

  24. Oh my this looks SO good! I love Thai food and my hubby would go crazy over this yummy dish!

  25. This looks GOOD! This would be great for a rainy night when you don’t feel like doing anything but cuddling up and watching a movie!

  26. That looks so good! I’m going to have to give this a try. Oh, and I would have loved to see the stick figure reenactment! 🙂

  27. This is one of my favorite things to make. I always make too much chicken when we’re grilling because I know we’ll find a way to eat it. This might actually be on the menu tonight. My daughter’s going to a sleepover so hubby and I can really kick it up a notch. Sounds delish!

  28. This looks delicious! This dish reminds me a little bit of pad thai that my husband makes. This dish looks like something my family would love and I can’t wait to try to make it!

  29. This is definitely going on my to make list. I love Asian food, so I’d love to try my hand at making it.

  30. That looks delicious. I’ll have to give this recipe a try. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making my own Asian food.