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SPICY PEANUT NOODLES WITH SHREDDED CHICKEN

These spicy peanut noodles are perfect: thin noodles covered in a thick peanut butter sauce and accompanied by tender strips of shredded chicken. It’s similar to Thai or Indonesian style peanut noodle dishes.


I snuck in a lot of great meals in between hikes, and one in particular stood out to me: Indonesian noodles with peanut butter sauce. The sauce was addicting and I was hooked. When I returned from my trip, I immediately started developing my own version of these spicy peanut noodles. I’ve perfected this dish over the years, and it never fails to deliver. There’s something irresistible about the combination of pasta noodles, shredded chicken, and peanut butter sauce.
This recipe calls for using cooked shredded chicken. You can do this one of two ways:
  1. Buy raw chicken breasts and cook them in a slow cooker for meltingly tender meat. You can cook them on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Sometimes I add a drizzle of soy sauce over the raw chicken so that it doesn’t get too dry in the slow cooker. They will be very easy to shred after they’re done cooking. You can do this the day ahead, and refrigerate the shredded chicken until ready to use.
  1. Skip the cooking step by buying rotisserie chicken and shredding it. This is the easiest method and works great if you’re in a pinch.
 These spicy peanut noodles could not be easier to make. The Thai-inspired peanut sauce is a throw-everything-together type of affair, and it takes only a quick stirring to combine into a thick peanut butter sauce. Once the chicken is shredded and the spaghetti is boiled to al dente, all you have to do is stir everything together in a pan and voila, dinner is ready.


Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti pasta broken in half
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 6 ounces Persian cucumbers cut into strips or half moons
  • 1 orange bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions sliced
For the peanut sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chunky or creamy
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Drain, toss with a drizzle of cooking oil to prevent them from sticking together, and set aside.
  2. Add all peanut sauce ingredients to a saucepot. Stir over medium-low heat until the sauce is smoothly mixed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Heat a 4-quart or larger pan over medium heat. Add sliced bell pepper, cooking for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sliced cucumbers, shredded chicken, and spaghetti, stirring them together. Pour peanut sauce on top. Carefully stir all of the ingredients until well-coated with the peanut sauce. Garnish with sliced scallions and serve immediately.

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