Spicy Sesame Udon Noodles with Chicken (or Beef or Shrimp or Tofu or…)

by FoodBabbles on December 15, 2010

This meal is great for anyone who likes Asian flavors. Toasted sesame oil, garlic chili sauce combine, soy sauce and rice vinegar mix it up with juicy chicken, udon noodles, crisp veggies. They all come together with a spicy bite that dances on your tongue and keeps you coming back for more. Then, as if it couldn’t get any better… add crunchy peanuts for the finishing touch. And it’s healthy to boot! But the best thing about this dish is its versatility. Not in the mood for chicken? Add beef or shrimp (or if you’re feeling really saucy… try chicken and shrimp!) Vegetarian? You can omit the chicken and add tofu. Also, I like to play around with the vegetables that I add in. Normally I use bell peppers, water chestnuts, onions and snow peas but sometimes I add mushrooms, baby corn, green onions, carrots, celery… just about anything you can imagine! The possibilities are endless. This dish takes some prep work but it’s well worth it. This will surely become a recipe staple in your house. Give it a try!


**…Your Mouth Will Thank You!


Spicy Sesame Chicken & Udon Noodles


1/3 c. rice vinegar

4 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

3 tsp Asian garlic-chili sauce

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cut into bite-size pieces

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

12 oz udon noodles or rice noodles

3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 orange sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips

1 red sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips

2 c. snow peas

10 oz. canned, sliced water chestnuts

1/2 c. bean sprouts

1 c. peanuts


*In a medium bowl stir together vinegar, honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic-chili sauce. Set aside.

*Cook the chicken in a large wok until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper. Add sesame seeds.

*Add the onions, peppers and snow peas. Cook about 3-4 minutes until crisp tender.


*Add the water chestnuts, bean sprouts and peanuts.

*Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook noodles in boiling water according to package directions. Drain noodles well and return to pan. Drizzle with the sesame oil and toss to coat.

*Add noodles to the wok and add the sauce. Toss well.






*Adapted from BHG

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianna June 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

It seems like a lot of honey for this recipe. Is it very sweet? Would it be awful to leave it out or cut it down considerably?


FoodBabbles June 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

Fortunately, it’s not very sweet at all despite the amount of honey. It’s spicy and honey isn’t the prominent flavor. But you certainly could cut the honey in half and I don’t think the flavor of the meal would suffer at all. Hope you make it and enjoy it!


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