Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry

Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry

I’ve sort of had an Asian theme going on lately.  I love the sweet-salty-savory flavors of this stir fry and love meals full of veggies!

Let me tell you about the exciting life that we lead.  Paul worked last Saturday.  For this job he had to be up at 3am which meant that he was holding his eyelids open at 6pm.

I had grocery shopped, exercised, baked, and cleaned all day so I was definitely ready to kick my feet up and watch National Treasure.  Don’t act like you don’t love that movie too.

Spicy stir fry ends up working well in these situations.  It’s quick, for one.  Second, it’s fairly healthy.  Third, it tastes amazing.  That’s no exaggeration.

I always have these ingredients on hand;  I love the sweet-salty-savory flavors and love meals full of veggies!  This Trader Joe’s discovery increases the ease of this meal.  I’m head over heels in love with this chicken.  Try them, you’ll see what I mean.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry

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Spicy Peanut Noodles with Stir-Fry Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Creamy spicy peanutty sauce with a quick chicken, veggie and pasta stir-fry.


for the sauce:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs. creamy peanut butter
1 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. ginger, freshly grated (or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger)
1/2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced

for the stir fry:
1 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup mushrooms, stems removed, quartered
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
2 cups cooked chicken
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
6 ounces whole-wheat pasta (I used thin spaghetti noodles)


Cook pasta according to package directions. In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together, set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, broccoli, mushrooms and green onions. Stir fry until the mushrooms are tender and the broccoli softens.

Stir in the chicken, the sauce, half of the peanuts, and the pasta. Stir until combined and cook 1-2 minutes, until the sauce is heated through and thickens slightly.

Garnish with additional peanuts.

Cassie's Notes:
This could easily be made vegetarian by omitting the chicken and adding edamame and/or tofu for added protein.

Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry


55 Responses to “Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry”

  1. #
    Bev Weidner — March 8, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Oh good heavens I NEED THIS SO BAWD.

  2. #
    Alyssa — March 8, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Before I was married this was my go to meal for myself. The first time I was going to make it he gave me such a hard time about putting peanut butter in noodles that I swore I would never make it for him. I think it’s time I try again!

  3. #
    Cookbook Queen — March 8, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Yes, please!!

  4. #
    Aggie — March 8, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    I want this so bad!! Holy delicious!

  5. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 8, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been envisioning a peanutty stir fry like this lately and for one reason or another I don’t end up making it. I love that I have all these ingredients on hand and you haven’t thrown in fish sauce or some other obscure one that I never seem to have when it comes to Asian stuff.

  6. #
    Elizabeth @ chronic venture — March 8, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    yumm! cassie this looks so great. I love stir fry and i love the sauce you’ve made for this!

  7. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 8, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    I think I need this for lunch today! Love it!

  8. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Looks delicious!!! And cheers to Trader Joe’s shortcuts! 🙂

  9. #
    Shannon — March 8, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    love this Cassie, it looks delicious!

  10. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — March 8, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    Peanut sauce makes everything better! YUM!

  11. #
    Liz — March 8, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Oh, I just love these kind of meals, Cassie! Sounds just amazing!

  12. #
    Mrs. Jen B — March 8, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I *love* peanut noodles. Love, love, love.

  13. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — March 8, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Oh Cassie, this dish looks straight from my dreams! Yes yes yes: I need!!!

  14. #
    Maureen — March 8, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    I’ll take all the leftovers 🙂

  15. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — March 8, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    I love the flavors! For some reason, Asian food is the hardest for me to cook. I’ll have to give this a try 🙂

  16. #
    ErinCroutons — March 8, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    This looks awesome! I think that the veggies cancel out the peanut butter…at least that’s what we’re all telling ourselves!

  17. #
    Jennifer Eloff — March 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Me too, Cassie – I love sweet and salty flavors mixed. Well done!

  18. #
    Suzi — March 8, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    My type of meal, quick, easy, tasty and spicy, love that Sriracha in your sauce. Healthy too.

  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — March 8, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Yes please, this will be made soon! Love Asian flavors, and this looks amazing!

  20. #
    Erin — March 8, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    I love stir-frys. They are ready so quick and you can add pretty much any veggies you like! This one in particular looks very yummy.

  21. #
    Ramona — March 8, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    You hit the nail on the head.. sweet, savory, spicy…it’s a wonderful thing!! That’s exactly why I love Asian food and make it often. It’s a great one pot dish that you can use as much produce from your fridge as possible. 🙂 This looks utterly fantastic!! Yum!!! 🙂

  22. #
    Deborah — March 8, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    This makes me so sad that my husband doesn’t like anything remotely spicy, or anything with a peanut sauce. I guess I need to just make it for myself for lunch one day!! 🙂

  23. #
    Trader Joes Recipes — March 8, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    You are totally cooking my kind of dishes. I love Asian inspired dishes.

  24. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 8, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I love that we’re always on the same wavelength. I made a peanut butter chicken dish tonight too! This looks so fantabulous. Even better than Chinese take out. Love this so much. I want!! 😉

  25. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 8, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    this sounds awesome! pinning to try it next week!

  26. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — March 8, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Yum, I bet this has such great, complex flavor! And I always love flavorful ways to get my husband to eat more veggies!

  27. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — March 8, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    Looks great Cassie!! I always love a good Asian stir fry.

  28. #
    Baking Serendipity — March 8, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    I wish I had more of an excuse for lazy nights in…but it’s just that I love the simplicity of it 🙂 Love this dish!

  29. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 8, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    Oh I love this grilled chicken strips you are talking about! I never used it for stir fried noodle – sounds like it’s going to be my next meal. This peanut flavored noodle looks good! I am actually in love with your plate right now… really cool plate!

  30. #
    Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} — March 9, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    Whoa!!! This is simply incredible! I’ve been on quite the Asian kick too!! This looks divine!

  31. #
    Megan @CountryCleaver — March 9, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Someone bring me a fork!

  32. #
    Tracey — March 9, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I’ve never had a dish with peanut butter sauce, but ever single time I see one I bookmark it 🙂 Yours looks awesome!

  33. #
    Kim Bee — March 9, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    This looks so wonderful Cassie. I adore stirfry. We used to eat it all the time. Mini-me asked to make some this weekend so super excited.

  34. #
    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — March 10, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I’m in love with peanut sauce! Need some of this now!!!

  35. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 10, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    I love Asian stir-fry dishes. It’s so easy and quick, perfect for weeknight dinners.

    I haven’t come across TJ’s grilled chicken strips yet. I’ll have to look for it on my next grocery run.

  36. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — March 12, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    I MUST try this! I’m a newbie at Asian dishes, but what I’ve made so far, my husband has adored. This is a must make! 😀

  37. #
    California Callie — March 13, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    When I saw the photo of Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry, geee… I am starved.. its yummy i know!

  38. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 13, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    This looks so delicious! I absolutely love peanut sauce, and peanuts in general in a noodle dish. This looks very do-able, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying this recipe out at home soon! Yum!

  39. #
    Meghan — March 13, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Love the Asian kick you’ve been on lately! One dish looks better than the next & this looks divine! Quick & delicious make this another “must try”!

  40. #
    Miss Meghan @ scratch-made wife — March 27, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    I planned for us to have chicken stir-fry for dinner this Friday. Now I’m thinking we need to have spicy peanut stir-fry. Oh my gosh this looks good!

  41. #
    Alyssa — April 26, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I made a version of these. Thanks for reminding me about an old recipe!

    • Cassie replied: — April 27th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      Thanks, Alyssa! Going to check it out now!

  42. #
    Amanda — October 26, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I made this last night and it was to die for!!! I so miss the amazingly good chinese cold noodles that I used to get in NYC… DC Chinese is not cutting it. But this recipe brought me right back! I made a huge batch and ate it warm for dinner one night and cold for lunch the next. I just couldn’t believe that I got that small taste of NYC in this recipe. SO so so so good. Love your blogggg!!!

  43. #
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  44. #
    Jennie — June 4, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    Great recipe! Turned out perfectly. Thanks!

  45. #
    Chrissie — December 30, 2015 @ 12:24 am

    Re: soy sauce 1/4 of what ie. cup ??
    Recipe looks super

    • Cassie replied: — December 30th, 2015 @ 7:09 am

      Yes, 1/4 cup. Sorry about that.


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