If your family is like mine, finding a dish everyone loves (or can even agree to eat) is a challenge. Heck, in my house, even choosing what kind of pizza to order can be full-on nuclear warfare. So I was shocked to discover that everyone in my family, I mean everyone, loved this recipe for Creamy Peanut Thai Noodles.
And what’s not to love? This pasta dish smothered in a Thai-flavored peanut butter cream sauce and loaded with chicken, red peppers, carrots, green onions—any vegetable you want really. And that’s the beauty of this dish, you can sneak in vegetables your family (even you, if you’re honest) might not otherwise eat: cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, etc.
One of my favorite things about Creamy Peanut Thai Noodles is that is can be made in under an hour. In my house, that’s really valuable. And it’s a one dish meal. What could be easier?
With this recipe, all your bases are covered—lots of veggies, a nice amount of chicken, and, of course, pasta. (Mom tip: substitute wheat pasta for a healthier meal.) If you want to save even more time, cut up the veggies in the morning or the night before and store them in a plastic bag in the fridge.
- The first thing I always do with a recipe like this is start the water boiling for the pasta. While that heats up I cut up all the veggies and sauté them.
- If the sauce is too thick, just add a little more chicken broth to thin it out.
- The sauce does thicken up a bit when it sits on the pasta, so it’s best to serve this dish right after tossing the pasta and sauce together.
- The recipe calls for 2-3 cups of cooked and cubed chicken. If you want to make the dish heartier, or just to extend it to feed an unexpected dinner guest, just add another cup of chicken.
- I love using rotisserie chicken in this dish. It’s so convenient, not to mention moist and delicious. But I’ve also found that leftover chicken works really well.
- The amount of salt you’ll ultimately need in this dish will be greatly affected by the soy sauce you use. I use a low sodium soy sauce and add 3/4 of a teaspoon of salt to the finished dish.
Looking for a few more Asian flavored dishes? How about some hearty but tender, crazy delicious, Teriyaki Meatballs. Serve these over rice and you’ve got another dinner your whole family will love. These Sesame Ginger Snap Peas off the charts delicious and make a great snack or a fabulous side dish. What about a simple side dish that is so delicious your taste buds will literally thank you. Try this Coconut Rice.
Creamy Peanut Thai Noodles
- 12 ounces dry pasta (linguine or spaghetti)
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup carrots julienned
- 2 cups napa cabbage thinly sliced
- green onions, peanuts, and cilantro for garnish
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and toss with sesame oil.
Meanwhile, cook ginger and garlic in vegetable oil until fragrant.
Add carrots and cabbage and cook 2-3 minutes or until slightly tender. Add sauce while stirring over medium heat and summer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in noodles. Garnish with crushed peanuts, cilantro and green onions (add lime wedges).
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)