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CHICKEN & VEGETABLE PEANUT NOODLES

I’ve kind of been into cooking different ethnic dishes recently.  This recipe has an Asian inspired twist on spaghetti pasta.  Easy to prepare and uses time saving ingredients.  The only vegetable cutting is half an onion.  It is even quicker if you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken from your Sunday meal the day before.  My husband absolutely loves this recipe!

serves 6

  • 8 oz CHICKEN BREASTS, BONELESS, SKINLESS (or leftover cooked chicken)
  • 8 oz THIN SPAGHETTI PASTA, WHOLE WHEAT OR WHOLEGRAIN
  • 1/3 cup PEANUT BUTTER, CREAMY, (natural, no sugar added)
  • 2 tbsp SOY SAUCE, LOWER SODIUM
  • 2 cloves GARLIC, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp HOT CHILI SAUCE, SRIRACHA (optional)
  • 2 tsp GINGER, FRESH, minced (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp HONEY, PURE/RAW
  • 2 tsp RICE VINEGAR
  • 1/2 medium RED ONION, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup WATER RESERVED FROM COOKING PASTA
  • 2 cups SNOW PEAS, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups CARROT, SHREDDED
  • SEA SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake chicken in a covered baking dish with a small amount of water (enough just to cover the bottom) for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through, depending on thickness. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred or cut into bite-size pieces.

2. Cook pasta in the boiling water until not quite tender, about 7-8 minutes (remember to reserve 1/3 cup pasta water for sauce).

3. While pasta is cooking heat peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, chile sauce in a small saucepan over low heat until melted; stirring regularly. Stir the reserved cooking liquid and stir.

4. In a large mixing bowl add hot pasta, onion and chicken to vegetables.

Pour sauce over and toss to coat. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or chilled. Garnish with sesame seeds or chopped peanuts if desired Serving Size: 1 heaping cup.

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING: 290 calories, 8g fat, 20mg cholesterol, 39g carb, 7g fiber, 5g sugar, 19g protein

For a fun serving idea ~ I bought these take out containers for 99 cents at a craft store.  Just line with parchment paper and fill with pasta!

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