Easy Peanut Noodles

Easy Peanut Noodles

1 9.5 oz. pkg. Japanese-style noodles, or 1/2 lb. spaghetti (for gluten-free use rice noodles)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3-4 Tbsp. gluten-free soy sauce
3-4 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. garlic powder, or 1 clove minced garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp. sambal oelek (red chile paste–use sparingly because it’s SPICY)
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped finely
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded

Prepare noodles according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water and drain noodles. (Use salted water.) Place in a large serving bowl and keep warm.

While the noodles are cooking, place peanut butter and brown sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Place in the microwave for about 30 seconds–just long enough to melt it slightly. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Toss the noodles with the peanut sauce and add the pasta water, if necessary, so the sauce evenly coats the noodles. Add the shredded chicken, if using, and sprinkle with peanuts. Serves 4.

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  1. I make something similar and it is GOO-oooood! I like the addition of sambal oolek. I had a jar in my old place, but had to get rid of it when I moved, I should’ve given it to you… oh well. Where did you buy yours? I used to go to Lord’s Farm in Mamaroneck for things like that. Let me know the places in this neck of the woods. Can I come for dinner tomorrow???!! You are making the good stuff like every night! Don’t tell anyone in my family…

  2. Ha, ha. You are always cooking something good, Jenni!

    Have you been to the Asian market by the DMV? I get all my good Asian stuff there and it’s so much cheaper! Kristen G. swore by their meat and fish. I can’t go there when I’m pregnant. It’s like being in a small market in Asia–even though technically I’ve never set foot in Asia.

    You can come for dinner anytime–as long as you bring some dessert!

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