In this easy Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Stir Fry mixed vegetables and chicken are tossed with whole wheat udon noodles and a spicy sweet Thai peanut sauce! And it comes together in under 20 minutes! Dinner is served!
I love peanut sauce. I will eat it on anything. At a restaurant, I will soak up every last peanuty drop that is given to me. But at home, the perfect sauce has eluded me.
This recipe was born out of an equal quantity of convenience and desperation. Not generally a winning combination, but here it worked!
The stir fry is incredibly easy ! I used a bag of frozen mixed cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, so all you need to chop is 1 small onion and your chicken. Most of your time will be spent waiting for the noodle water to boil! But even those are fast – my whole-wheat udon noodles cook in under 6 minutes!
This simple, yet flavorful, dish is just what my crazy busy self needed these past 10 days. I have successfully sent an unthinkable amount of stuff to NYC (I apologize to the concierge in advance) so that when I arrive on Saturday, I will just need a table and two chairs. Did you know that you can order flour and Ghirardelli chocolate chips at walmart.com and have them shipped anywhere? And that is how it’s done.
Back to PEANUT SAUCE! Just like any good Thai sauce it has a little sweet, a little salty, a little spicy and a littly tangy! The sauce as written is thick, which is how I like it. I loosened it up considerably for the photos. If you want the sauce to be more like the photos, whisk in ½ cup of additional water.
It is well known that I use Jiff for baking, but for eating and in this sauce I use natural peanut butter with very little added sugar and salt. You can use any kind you like but I do recommend a natural variety here. The texture and flavor will be better.
Just my humble, peanut sauce lovin’ opinion.
20 minutes start to finish and dinner is on the table!
Faster, better and more flavorful than take-out! You will love this easy dinner!
Easy Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
- 1 pound skinless (boneless chicken)
- 1 pound broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix ( thawed and drained)
- 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
- 4 teaspoons roasted red chili paste
- ¾ -1 cup water
- Crushed red pepper flakes for serving
- 1 box Udon Noodles
- Start cooking your noodles immediately. Follow the package directions but do make sure to rinse them twice with cold water and drain.
- Thaw your vegetables in the microwave and drain. Chop your onion, set aside. Rinse and pat dry your chicken and cut into 1 inch pieces. Sprinkle with pepper and 2 pinches kosher salt
- In a small saucepan mix peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili paste and ½ cup water. Whisk gently to incorporate. Heat over low heat until hot. If a thinner sauce is desired, add more water.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet or another large skillet over medium heat until hot. If you have a properly seasoned cast iron skillet you will not need to add any oil, if not, add a tablespoon of canola oil. Cook chicken, browning on both sides, working in batches if necessary. Remove from pan, cover, and set aside.
- Add little bit of oil and cook onion until it just begins to look translucent around the edges. Add the thawed veggies and cook until some pieces begin to brown and they are warmed through. Add your chicken back to the pan and mix to combine.
- That’s it! Crazy!
- I like to add my peanut sauce for each portion because everyone likes a different amount. In a medium mixing bowl add a portion of the noodles, some chicken and veggies, and a several spoonfuls of the warmed peanut sauce. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with red chili flakes and serve immediately!