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Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles

These Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles with chicken are an easy and healthy make-ahead dinner or lunch recipe that the whole family will love!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken, Chinese, noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 255kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


For the Sesame Peanut Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

For the Pasta:

  • 12 ounces soba noodles or whole wheat spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions and cooled to room temperature (or refrigerated)
  • 9 ounces about 2 cups cooked and diced chicken
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 seedless English cucumber, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup sliced fresh white mushrooms
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped


  • For the sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  • For the salad, combine all ingredients (except for the peanuts) in a large bowl. Pour HALF of the sauce over top and toss to coat. Reserve remaining sauce for garnish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, garnish noodles with chopped peanuts and toss or drizzle with additional sauce.


Tip: I like to boil the noodles in advance and keep them in a covered container in the refrigerator until I’m ready to assemble the salad. In order to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other, run them under cold water in a colander as soon as you drain them from the pot. This will rinse off a lot of the sticky starch. I also like to drizzle the noodles with a little bit of oil and give them a toss before stashing them in the refrigerator.
Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half! The instructions remain the same.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13.3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 15.6mg | Sodium: 268.1mg | Potassium: 224.1mg | Fiber: 5.2g | Sugar: 3.1g