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

Yield: About 4 servings


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


  • Bella B: I can eat tacos every day of the week if I had to! yum!

    xoxoBella | October 18, 2015 at 12:47pm Reply

  • Esther: These tacos look delicious. The colors, the flavors… yum! And what a great idea to think beyond Mexican. October 18, 2015 at 2:36pm Reply

  • birthday cupcake: Chicken with Peanut I never try but it seems a nice couple. Colors of your thai chicken recipe are amazing October 19, 2015 at 7:41am Reply

  • Jen Larson: Made these last night, they are amazing! Even my kids loved them!! Thank you so much for this yummy recipe! October 22, 2015 at 8:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed them Jen! Thanks for your feedback! October 22, 2015 at 8:16pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Anything is good in taco form! These have such vibrant colors and flavors. October 25, 2015 at 6:30am Reply

  • Wendy: We had this for dinner tonight and they are excellent. I bought a regular bag of mixed cabbage coleslaw and yum! yum! February 5, 2016 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Kerryanne Rummerfield: As the mother of four kids with four completely different taste palettes I struggle to find meals we all enjoy. I made your Thai chicken tacos tonight and OMG! what a huge hit they were. The only question everyone had was when can we have them again! Thank you for this wonderful take on a family favorite. March 7, 2016 at 8:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear everyone enjoyed them Kerryanne :)! Thanks for your review! March 8, 2016 at 10:46am Reply

  • Michaela: The BEST tacos ever!!! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe :) March 19, 2016 at 7:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you think so :)! Thanks for your review Michaela! March 20, 2016 at 11:02am Reply

  • MJ from Canada: Delicious!! Used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. Braised, then and shredded the meat. Huge hit with my guests! Thanks!! March 21, 2016 at 8:58pm Reply

  • Donna @ I just made theses and they were the best thing I’ve eaten in awhile! Awesome recipe! April 5, 2016 at 4:14pm Reply

  • Kristin H: Jaclyn, you have turned my Mother’s Day around!! My boys were stinkers today, so I wasn’t having the best day, but once I got to dinner, things got so much better. I made these tacos for dinner. They were delicious! Honestly, after I made the decision on grocery shopping night to have these, I was kind of regretting my decision, because I wasn’t feeling something Asian for Mother’s Day. But, once I bit into my taco with that flavorful chicken and that amazing sauce, I realized that I was happy I chose this to try after all. Seriously, such a keeper! Will be making this again and again! (I also made your creme brulee for dessert.) Thanks for coming through for me today! May 8, 2016 at 6:53pm Reply

  • Jody: These are so good. My husband told me I should make them once a week. :) July 2, 2016 at 8:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Awesome! I’m so glad they were enjoyed, thanks for your feedback Jody! July 2, 2016 at 1:39pm Reply

  • Christina Kellner: These were amazing!!!! I had alot of leftover chicken so I froze it for another night. This had been added to one of my favorite dinners to make! July 10, 2016 at 5:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear it Christina! Thanks for your review! July 10, 2016 at 9:51pm Reply

  • Sonia: Can I replace the fish sauce with something or leave it out? August 15, 2016 at 10:30pm Reply

  • Barbara: I tried these Thai Chicken Tacos and no doubt… they are AMAZING!!! March 7, 2017 at 4:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these tacos Barbara! Thanks for your review! March 7, 2017 at 10:34pm Reply

  • Pamela: Hi! I’m very excited to try this recipe but just want to clarify. The peanut sauce ingredients calls for hot water, but the directions for it says to add hot sauce. So should I add hot water or hot sauce?! Thanks!! March 25, 2017 at 4:39pm 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

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

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