This Stir Fried Noodles with Peanut Sauce tastes like the satay chicken you get at Chinese restaurants here in Australia. A simple peanut sauce, rice noodles, chicken, carrot, cabbage and bean sprouts = a bowl of slurp worthy deliciousness!
This Stir Fried Noodles with Peanut Sauce is made using the Peanut Sauce for Stir Fries that I published on Wednesday. In that post, I provided the sauce recipe and a “formula” to make stir fries using whatever you have. In this recipe, I’m providing specific ingredient quantities for the pictured noodle stir fry.
I won’t go on and on about the Peanut Sauce again because I did enough of that on Wednesday! In a nutshell – it’s a gem of a recipe, adapted from an original recipe given to me by a reader. One of those recipes that tastes a lot more complicated than it is – because Asian Peanut Sauces usually have a fairly lengthy list of ingredients, but this one is very straight forward.
If peanut butter sandwiches and basic Asian pantry essentials are a staple in your household, you can probably make these stir fried noodles right now. The beauty of (most) stir fries is that there are no rules about what vegetables and proteins go into them. I’d say that 90% of the stir fries I make involve rummaging around in the bottom of my fridge, rather than specifically shopping for ingredients to make something.
This Stir Fried Noodles with Peanut Sauce recipe is made with leftover ingredients from Chicken Chow Mein I had the previous day. It has exactly the same ingredients – chicken, onion, garlic, carrot, bean sprouts and cabbage. Actually, I’m missing one – shallots (scallions). The bit I had remaining was rather floppy and wrinkled and I deemed it not photograph worthy. 🙂
I like the combination of vegetables in this stir fry because they are stringy, “noodle shaped” if you will, so they sort of seem to disappear in the noodles once tossed through with Sauce. This stir fry serves 2 and there’s a fair mound of vegetables in this – over 4 cups. But looking at these photos, one would never guess.
The ultimate way with hidden veggies??? – Nagi x
PS Currently still recuperating with friends in a beautiful Lakeside lodge in New Zealand, recovering from the 3 day Hollyford Track, tramping through mud and rain through some of the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen. Today is the final post I’m publishing while on travels and I must confess after a month away, I’m ready to return home and get back into my usual routine. I love travelling, but there’s definitely no place like home. 🏡🐶
Noodles tossed in a peanut sauce with vegetables and your choice of protein! With the hint of curry flavour, the peanut sauce tastes like satay peanut stir fries you get at Chinese restaurants here in Australia. The flavour of this sauce belies the short list of simple ingredients - good Asian peanut sauces typically have a much lengthier list of ingredients. Make your own stir fry or noodles using whatever ingredients you have - use this Satay Peanut Sauce for Stir Fries (sauce recipe + "formula" for stir fry). Stir Fried Noodles recipe VIDEO below.
- 1/4 cup / 60g crunchy peanut butter (Note 1)
- 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce (Note 2)
- 1 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce (Note 3)
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp cornflour / cornstarch
- 2 garlic clove , minced
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp curry powder (any type)
- 1/4 cup / 65 ml water
- 180 g/ 6 oz thinly sliced chicken breast
- 1 tsp bicarb / baking soda (optional, Note 4)
- 100 g/3.5 oz dried rice noodles (Note 5)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 garlic , finely chopped
- 1/2 onion , sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup beansprouts
- Finely chopped coriander/cilantro
- Crushed peanuts
Tenderise Chicken (optional, Note 4): Place chicken and bicarb in a bowl and mix with your fingers. Set aside for 20 minutes. Rinse well in a colander then shake off excess water. Roughly pat dry with a paper towel.
Sauce: Place all ingredients except water in a bowl and mix (microwave if needed to melt the peanut butter). Add water and mix.
Prepare noodles per packet directions (usually soak in boiled water). Drain, set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add garlic and onion, stir for 30 seconds.
Add chicken and cook until the outside changes from pink to white. Add carrot and cabbage, cook until it starts to wilt.
Add noodles, bean sprouts and Sauce. Toss for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes or until the Sauce thickens and coats the noodles.
Serve immediately, garnished with coriander and peanuts.
1. Just use regular peanut you use for sandwiches! If you use unsweetened peanut butter, you may need to add a touch of sugar to the sauce. If using pure pureed peanut spread, you may find it's a bit dry so will need to add a little oil to the sauce.
2. Don't skip the fish sauce! It's key for getting enough complexity in the flavour of this Peanut Sauce with so few ingredients. The sauce smells a bit fishy but that smell disappears once cooked. Few people can pick that the stir fry sauce has fish sauce in it!
3. Dark Soy Sauce has more flavour than light and all purpose soy sauce. It also darkens the colour of the Peanut Sauce. You can substitute with normal soy sauce.
4. This tenderises the chicken the Chinese restaurant way. It's especially effective for chicken breast which is lean and can dry out from overcooking quickly, but can be used for any cut of chicken, or pork. I personally don't enjoy using this technique for beef - I prefer using a decent cut of beef for stir fries.
5. You can also use fresh noodles ie from the fridge section. Use 180 - 200g / 6 - 7 oz fresh noodles of choice - egg or rice.
6. Nutrition per serving, assuming 2 servings (they are fairly generous). You can reduce by 60 calories per serve by cutting down to 1 tbsp oil.
WATCH HOW TO MAKE IT
LIFE OF DOZER
Fellow dog owners – do you find your dog always sprawls in the most trodden path?? I must’ve stepped over him 20 or 30 times as I ran back and forth between the kitchen and the shoot area.
Not once did it cross my mind to tell him to move. Who rules the house???!
PS And to those who are new to it – introducing Dozer’s Modesty Daisy.