Better than takeout Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta – The perfect easy dinner recipe that’s bursting with flavor and uses simple pantry ingredients with sautéed veggies, chicken and a creamy thai peanut sauce.
Have you noticed how I’m all about “better than takeout” meals you can make from home? They’re a fraction of the cost to make and I love knowing exactly what is going in my food. Plus, this way the food is so amazing that you feel like you’re eating out, without spending the money. Some of my favorite “better than takeout” recipes include:
What’s not to love about this dish? It’s mixing comfort food with fresh veggies and bold flavors. It’s easy enough for a busy weeknight (this is most definitely a 30-minute meal!) but it’s also beautiful and impressive enough for a special date-night in.
- 12 oz Spaghetti noodles
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil divided
- 2 chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 2 carrots julienne sliced
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup napa cabbage chopped
- 1 cup red cabbage chopped
- 2/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 6 green onions chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 teaspoons sriracha or more to taste
Cook spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to a large wok or fry pan over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan and cook for several minutes on both sides, until cooked through. Remove to a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes, then chop.
Stir sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add remaining tablespoon of sesame oil to the pan over medium high heat. Add garlic, ginger, carrots, bell pepper, both types of cabbage, peanuts, chopped chicken, and green onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Lower heat to medium and add the sauce to the pan and toss to combine. Serve warm. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
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