Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles are the perfect flavorful dish ready in 20 minutes! Made with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce with honey and sriracha.
These Asian noodles are great for a Side Dish or Main Course Recipe. The smooth peanut butter sauce gives the whole dish an amazing balance of sweet and salty flavor. For more peanut dishes, try Ground Peanut Chicken, Baked Thai Peanut Chicken, and Peanut Shrimp.
Table of Contents
- Sabrina’s Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles Recipe
- Kitchen Tools & Equipment
- How to Make Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles
- Nutritional Facts
- Recipe Tips & Tricks
- What to Pair With Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles
- How to Store
- Ideas to Serve Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Related Recipes
Sabrina’s Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles Recipe
This is a wonderfully easy, tasty, and filling Noodle dish that’s sure to satisfy your Asian take-out food cravings. The sesame peanut sauce is so good, you’ll want to start pouring it over everything. Combining soy sauce, honey, peanut butter, and hot sauce gives it the perfect taste with ingredients that are easy to find.
You can make this whole recipe in 15-20 minutes. It’s especially great for when you have leftover cooked chicken breast ready to go. You can just slice up the meat and toss it with the pasta, without taking the extra time to cook it. You’ll love making these noodles when you have Rotisserie Chicken Breast to use up. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely delicious!
- Linguine: You don’t need to go out of your way to buy a specific kind of noodle for this recipe. 1 pound of linguine works perfectly. It’s slightly thicker than typical spaghetti, which helps it to soak up the flavors from the sauce. You’ll toss the Noodles in sesame oil to coat them so they don’t stick together, and to add some nice, nutty flavor.
- Chicken: The cooked chicken not only adds more flavor to the noodle dish, but it also makes it much more filling. Thanks to the protein in the chicken, you can easily enjoy a noodle bowl as a full meal. If you don’t have any ready-cooked chicken, simply cook 2 chicken breasts in a skillet before starting the recipe.
- Peanut Sauce Ingredients: The peanut sesame sauce is what really gives this dish its rich and unique taste. Made with ¼ cup smooth peanut butter, ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup honey, and 1 teaspoon sriracha, it’s a good combination of salty, sweet, and spicy flavors. The peanut butter melts in the pan so it’s easy to toss with the noodles to coat. The addition of 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar help smooth out the consistency of the sauce.
- Spices: The other component that brings a lot of flavor to the dish are the spices. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, 1 cup green onions, and 5 minced garlic give the dish a classic Asian flavor.
- Texture: To add a little crunchy texture, along with nutty flavor, add 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, and ½ cup chopped, salted peanuts.
Kitchen Tools & Equipment
- Large Pot: Grab your favorite pasta pot to cook the Noodles for this dish. Make sure it is big enough to hold a full pound of linguini.
- Cutting Board and Knife: You will need a good cutting board to chop the chicken, slice the green onion, mince the garlic and ginger, and chop the peanuts.
- Large Skillet: A large, wide skillet will be necessary to cook your vegetables and sauce. You want it to be big enough to add the pasta and chicken to it, and toss the whole dish together in the sauce.
How to Make Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles
Time needed: 15 minutes.
- Prep Time
Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil, then add the dry noodles to the dish. As the pasta cooks, you can slice the green onion, and mince the garlic and ginger to get them ready for the recipe. Then chop the chicken pieces into bite-size pieces and set the recipe ingredients to the side. Continue cooking the noodles until about 1 minute shy of the box instructions. Drain the noodles, toss them sesame oil, and set them to the side.
Add vegetable oil, green onion, minced cloves garlic, and ginger to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring halfway through.
Add honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Mix the ingredients until they’re smooth, and let the sauce come to a boil.
Add the pasta, chicken pieces, and sesame seeds to the sauce. Toss to coat the chicken and noodles with peanut sauce, and cook until warmed through.
Top with chopped peanuts to serve.
“Can Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles be made ahead?”
This is a great Noodle recipe that can be made ahead of time. Prepare the recipe and reheat it the next day in a skillet. You can also prepare the noodles and chicken ahead of time, chop the vegetables, toss the noodles in sesame oil, and refrigerate. On the day you want to serve the dish you can freshly prepare the sauce and toss it all together. Preparing ahead of time and freezing the dish is not recommended as the sauce will not freeze well.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
Achieve restaurant-quality Noodles at home by following these helpful tips.
- Perfectly peeled, minced ginger
- Ginger can be tough to peel, but you can make the job a lot easier by using a metal teaspoon or tablespoon to scrape off the tough, bitter peel. Mincing ginger can also be very difficult, but a couple of tools could make it easier. You can try using a food processor, a grater, or a microplane to get nice little bits of ginger to stir throughout your sauce.
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Add an extra element of flavor to your Sesame Noodles by toasting the sesame seeds before you begin cooking. Just cook them over medium heat, spread them out evenly in a skillet, and toast for 2 or 3 minutes.The scent will fill the room as the flavors intensify.
What to Pair With Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles
You can serve up bowls of the noodles with chicken as a filling dish on its own. However, if you have a lot of people to serve, or just want some more variety, you can make some other classic Asian Recipes to go along with the peanut noodles. Sweet and Sour Pork, Orange Chicken, or Sesame Chicken are all crowd favorites that would go great with the noodle dish.
How to Store
- Serve: Don’t leave Peanut Sesame Noodles at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: After the dish has cooled down, you can transfer the noodles to an airtight container. It’ll stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freeze: Unfortunately, the pasta dish won’t hold up well to freezing and thawing because the oils will separate. If you haven’t finished the leftovers after 3 days, it’s better just to make a fresh batch.
Ideas to Serve Sesame Peanut Chicken Noodles
These Noodles look beautiful piled in a big serving bowl. Choose a design you love, an Asian design to compliment this Asian dish, or even plain, bright white bowl to highlight the ingredients you’re using. Then top off the serving bowl with a handful of sliced green onions that you set aside while cutting vegetables. It will add an element of freshness, and a bright pop of color to the serving bowl. This lovely display will look so appealing on your dinner table. It would also impress everyone at the next potluck or dinner party!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can make any adjustments to the spiciness in this recipe by adding more sriracha, a little less sriracha, or omitting it completely. You could also replace the sriracha with another sauce that you enjoy, which may be more or less spicy depending on your tastes.
The origins of Peanut Noodles is difficult to trace. General consensus is that they came from Southeast Asia, in Thailand, China, or Indonesia.
- 1 pound linguine
- 2 chicken breasts , cooked, boneless, chopped in 1-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup green onions , chopped
- 5 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger , minced or paste
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts , roughly chopped
- Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water one minute shy of the directions on the box.
- Drain then toss with sesame oil.
- Add vegetable oil, green onions, garlic, and ginger to a large skillet on medium heat and cook for 1 minute, stirring halfway through.
- Add honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.
- Bring to a boil then add in the pasta, chicken, and sesame seeds, tossing well to coat.
- Garnish with peanuts.
- Vegetables: You can mix additional veggies in with the sesame noodles, including sliced bell pepper, bean sprouts, broccoli florets, spring onions, or snow peas.
- Pasta: Instead of linguine, you can use other kinds of noodles like rice noodles, soba noodles, egg noodles, spaghetti, fettuccine, or udon noodles.
- Broth: To add some extra salty and savory flavor to the noodles, you can cook them in chicken broth instead of water.
- Lime Juice: For an amazing, fresh, and slightly tart flavor, squeeze lime juice over the top of the dish and serve it with lime wedges for garnish.
- Seasonings: You can add different herbs and spices to this recipe like fresh cilantro, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes.