Thai Chicken Tacos with Peanut Sauce


Who says tacos can only have Mexican flavors? That’s actually what I always used to think until I tried tacos switched up with different types of cuisine, like these Greek Tacos. Once you expand beyond the Mexican style tacos you’ll open a whole new world of taco possibilities.

These Thai Chicken Tacos with Peanut Sauce are easy to make and they are packed with flavor! They’re so good they deserve to be added along to the rotation with these shredded beef and pork tacos.

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This chicken would also be perfect for a Thai style salad with a peanut dressing or in a rice or noodle bowl. The chicken is so flavorful thanks to the marinade which consists of robust and vibrant ingredients like lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and fish sauce. And don’t worry I’m still getting used to fish sauce so my recipes stick with smaller amounts so it’s not overbearing. If you’d like more, by all means go ahead.

Taco tuesday just got an incredibly delicious new addition! We absolutely loved these and I hope you do too!

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Thai Chicken Tacos with Peanut Sauce

5 from 2 votes

A fun and flavorful twist on the classic tacos. Filled with marinated grilled chicken, fresh crisp veggies and a creamy peanut sauce.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


Chicken and marinade

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or light olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • 2 tsp peeled and finely minced ginger
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 2 Tbsp hot water

For serving

  • Warmed corn or flour tortillas , shredded purple cabbage, shredded carrots, diced red bell peppers, chopped unsalted peanuts, chopped green onions, cilantro


  1. For the marinade:
  2. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag, seal bag then pound chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. In a bowl whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, fish sauce, sriracha, garlic, ginger, cilantro and green onions. Pour mixture over chicken in bag and seal bag. Rub marinade over chicken, transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate 2 - 4 hours.
  3. For the peanut sauce:
  4. Meanwhile prepared peanut sauce by whisking together peanut butter, brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce garlic, ginger, sriracha and hot sauce in a medium bowl.
  5. To cook chicken:
  6. Heat a grill to 400 degrees over medium-high heat. Brush grill grates with oil then transfer chicken to grill. Grill until chicken registers 165 in center, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and rest 5 minutes then cut into strips or cubes. Serve over tortillas with toppings listed and peanut sauce.
  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai Tacos
Author: Jaclyn


  • Stephanie: This is sooo flavourful and delicious!
    I’m obsessed with the peanut sauce. I had many compliments from my husband and his friend when I made it for them! :) March 31, 2019 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Kristen C: This is basically the world’s greatest peanut sauce and so easy! Love love love! I prefer mine a bit wetter, so I add about 1/2 cup more hot water. I have also tried this recipe cutting the sugar down by 1/2 (using store peanut butter that already has some sugar), and it was still equally amazing. The most recent time I made this, I had a genius idea and used the meat to make taquitos (put 2-3 TBSP meat mix into each small tortilla, roll tightly, brush with oil, bake at 400 for 15-20 min until brown. Then dip the taquitos in the wetter peanut sauce. IT WAS AWESOME. Even my three year old love it and scarfed down his taquito! September 21, 2018 at 4:46am Reply

  • Vicki: Made this and add both pork and chicken and it was fantastic. 7 adults and everyone raved about it. I did add a little ginger. September 13, 2018 at 2:03pm Reply

  • Lisa Spencer: Where does the 2 TB of water go? November 30, 2017 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Emily: These were FABULOUS! So fresh and yummy with all the veggies and we loved the colors of everything! Thank you so much :) August 10, 2017 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved them Emily! August 11, 2017 at 11:58am Reply

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