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recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

I got this recipe from an old co-worker of mine. His version was actually served cold and didn’t have chicken. I’m sure that’s delicious too, but I have a husband who has declared that his dinner needs to have had a face at some point, so serving him cold noodles wouldn’t go over very well. Just add Chicken!

Not only is this a tasty dish, it’s really easy (which is a theme in my cooking.) It does contain peanuts (and peanut butter! and peanut oil!) so obviously, if you’re allergic, you’ll want to skip this one.

The ingredients: chicken breasts, linguine noodles (or regular spaghetti, it doesn’t really matter), peanut oil, garlic, sesame oil, bell pepper, crushed red pepper, peanut butter, honey, unsalted dry roasted peanuts, soy sauce, green onions, sesame seeds.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

YUM.

Slice up the chicken into strips. Place it in a skillet with some peanut oil (I didn’t really measure this… I added quite a bit, you can adjust this to your tastes), some minced garlic, and some black pepper to season the chicken.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

While the chicken starts to cook, slice a bell pepper. I like red for this dish, mainly because it’s colorful. Later we’ll be adding green onions and the colors go well together. I’m all about coordination in my food.

Anyway. Throw the bell pepper in the skillet with the chicken.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

While all of that cooks, combine the oils (peanut, sesame) with the crushed red pepper flakes in a small saucepan.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Start that heating for about 5 minutes. Let’s check the chicken while we wait!

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

mmm looking good!

Oh- by the way- you should also get some water boiling for the pasta. DUH. And when that’s ready, put the pasta in to cook!

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Back to the oils- give it a stir as it’s heating.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Turn off (or remove from) the heat, and let it cool for a moment or two. Then add the peanut butter, honey, and soy sauce. The amounts of these can vary depending on how peanut butter-y you want it. I like mine pretty peanut butter-y.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

The oils will still be pretty hot so you probably won’t need to re-heat to melt the peanut butter. Just keep stirring until it’s nice and smooth.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Chop some green onions (and also the peanuts- forgot to photograph that!)

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and combine with the chicken and bell peppers.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Add the green onions, peanuts, and sauce:

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Finally, add some sesame seeds!

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

Wow I’m suddenly really hungry for peanut butter.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Pasta

2 Comments

  1. Allison
    @AllisonB

    Oh, YUM! This type of dish is one of my all-time favorites. Peanutty sauces really are the best.

    I’ll have to try your recipe sometime!

    May 21 7:15 am


  2. Andrea
    @ajh_rigs

    That looks YUM! And it’s too bad that there’s peanuts and honey in it… I guess Bridget does get any- more for me! :)

    May 21 10:50 am