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Instant Pot Thai Inspired Peanut Butter Noodles with chicken

by Kristen

These Instant Pot sweet, saucy Thai-Inspired Noodles will cook in just a few minutes and taste better than takeout! 

If you enjoy peanut noodles at your local Thai Restaurant, you will enjoy this one-pot version you can make at home.   To make this fantastic sauce, you need creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and lime juice.  Once you try this recipe,  you will always want to keep these ingredients on hand.

One thing I love about my Instant Pot is how fast noodle dishes come together when you pressure cook them.  This One Pot Thai Inspired Peanut Butter noodle is kid-friendly, sweet, savory, and budget-friendly.  You can add a protein to this meal or keep it veggie based.  Pressure Cooking this meal helps the flavors marinate together quickly.  Your family will love these Instant Pot Thai Peanut Noodles!


One tablespoon of toasted sesame oil.

Two medium chicken breasts- about 2/3 pounds of chicken cut into small chunks.

Three cloves minced garlic

Two scallions or green onions chopped

Two carrots,  chopped

Twelve ounces of  Spaghetti noodles.   You may also use rice noodles in this recipe, but you will follow a different cooking process.  ( see below)

3 cups of water or chicken broth

Thai Peanut Sauce Ingredients

2/3 cup of peanut butter

Six tablespoons of soy sauce

Two tablespoons of lime juice

One tablespoon of ground ginger

Four tablespoons of brown sugar

Two tablespoons of rice vinegar



One 14-ounce can of bean sprouts

Sriracha Sauce

Chili Sauce

​Chopped peanuts

Optional Ingredients

Bell Peppers

You can substitute almond butter or another nut butter in this recipe.

I am using Rice Noodles instead of regular spaghetti.

TraditionalPad Thai is made with rice noodles, and they are an excellent gluten-free option. Suppose you are using rice noodles.  You will want to soak them in hot water and cook them according to the directions on the package instead of pressure-cooking them with the rest of the meal.  Mix the cooked noodles with the Thai Peanut Chicken after you pressure cook the chicken in the Thai Peanut Sauce.   You can add 1/2 the water if you make the dish this way.


1. Set your Instant Pot to the Saute setting.

2. Add sesame oil, chicken, garlic, and green onions.

3. Saute until garlic is translucent and chicken is browned but not cooked.

4. Hit cancel to stop the heat.

5. Add water,  peanut butter, lime juice, rice vinegar, oyster sauce,  brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and pasta.   Make sure the pasta is completely submerged in liquid. You might have to break it in 1/2.

6. Lock and secure the Instant Pot lid.   Rotate the Pressure release value to “sealing.”

7. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes; you can cook for 4 minutes if you omit the chicken.

8. Quickly release the pressure.  Stir the pasta with the peanut sauce while everything is still piping hot.

Instant Pot Thai Inspired Peanut Butter Noodles

If you enjoy peanut noodles at your local Thai Restaurant, then you will enjoy this one-pot version you can make at home


  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2/3 pound chicken breast cut into small chunks
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 scallions or green onions chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 12 ounces Spaghetti noodles
  • 3 cups water or chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar


  • 14 ounce can bean sprouts
  • cilantro
  • chili sauce
  • sriracha sauce
  • chopped peanuts


  1. Set your Instant Pot to the Saute Setting.

  2. Add sesame oil, chicken, garlic, and green onions.

  3. Saute until Garlic is translucent and chicken is browned but not cooked all the way through.

  4. Hit cancel to stop the heat.

  5. Add water, peanut butter, lime juice, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce,  ginger, and pasta.   Make sure the pasta is completely submerged in liquid.  You might have to break it in 1/2.

  6. Lock and secure the Instant Pot lid.  Rotate the Pressure release valve to "sealing"

  7. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes, you can cook for 4 minutes if you omit the chicken

  8.  Quick release the pressure.  Stir the pasta with the peanut sauce while everything is still piping hot

You will love the taste of these Thai noodles; you will want more than one bowl of this delicious meal!    Your kids will love this meal because it is sweet and filled with a peanut butter taste that they love. The adults will love the complexity of the lime and the sesame oil. This dish has a low prep time and should be less than 30 minutes.

Did you make this recipe? I would love to hear how it turned out for you! Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and let me know how it turned out for you! You can also tag me on social media. You can find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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Amber April 27, 2018 - 1:42 am

I was just wondering what brand of noodles you used, how much of them and if you precooked or presales them before adding? Thanks in advance!

Kristen April 27, 2018 - 1:55 am

I used pad thai rice noodles. I soaked them in water to cook them, then just added them in.


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