If you can't find a bagged vegetable medley for this easy noodle bowl, choose 12 ounces of cut vegetables from your market's salad bar and create your own mix. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.

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  • Meanwhile, place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size strips.

  • Whisk peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, chile-garlic sauce and ginger in a large bowl.

  • Cook pasta in the boiling water until not quite tender, about 1 minute less than specified in the package directions. Add vegetables and cook until the pasta and vegetables are just tender, 1 minute more. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Rinse the pasta and vegetables with cool water to refresh. Stir the reserved cooking liquid into the peanut sauce; add the pasta, vegetables and chicken; toss well to coat. Serve warm or chilled.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. To serve, stir in 2 tablespoons warm water per portion; serve cold or reheat in microwave.

Ingredient Note: Chile-garlic sauce (or chili-garlic sauce, or paste) is a blend of ground chiles, garlic and vinegar and is commonly used to add heat and flavor to Asian soups, sauces and stir-fries. It can be found in the Asian section of large supermarkets and keeps up to 1 year in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; 13.1 g total fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 42 mg cholesterol; 359 mg sodium. 378 mg potassium; 37.3 g carbohydrates; 7.5 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 27 g protein; 3801 IU vitamin a iu; 28 mg vitamin c; 47 mcg folate; 47 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 82 mg magnesium;

Reviews (67)

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68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2018
Amazing! As an amateur chef this dish was a great kickstart into my diet! Easy to make and tasted amazing I recommend to anyone that is not a super experienced chef but wants to cook healthy meals. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2014
Very good with a few modifications I used fresh carrots red bell pepper and onion instead of frozen. This took a bit more time but the taste difference was worth it. I added all of the veggies when the pasta was about 1/2 way done. Fresh lime juice right before serving finished this dish nicely. Pros: Tasty and filling Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/26/2014
Easy but Bland There are much better recipes out there for peanut sauce without much extra work or calories. This needed flavor and something fresh like lime juice or cilantro. We added sweet chili sauce but it just felt like eating a bowl of heavy noodles soaked in watery peanut butter. I won't bother again. Pros: Quick Kid Friendly Cons: Bland Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2014
Quick and easy midweek treat Great as a midweek meal also great as lunch the next day. Pros: Quick easy simple tasty flavourful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2013
Awesome recipe Love love love this recipe. I make it often so I don't really measure the ingredients anymore as I like to add more chile-garlic sauce anyway. The sauce comes out thin at first so I usually let it sit on medium-low for about 10 minutes and the sauce will thicken up - the longer you leave it the thicker the sauce gets. Delicious and great leftovers as well. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/05/2013
Needs more zip I used 1 tsp of chili paste sauce. It needs more to perk it up. Otherwise I would make this again with more of the chili to perk it up. Pros: Easy quick Cons: Bland Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2013
Fantastic flavorful quick and easy Last night I made the Ancho-Honey pork tendorloins that I found on this website. My review stated that my hubby never ever comments on how food tastes unless I outright ask him. Last night he blew me away by telling me how good the chops were with no prompting. Tonight went even better! He took ONE bite and said Oh wow this is really good!. Then every few bites he'd say something else - I got Man you gotta make this stuff again! and I know I said this is good but did I mention It's freakin' GOOD?. lol No doubt this one was a huge success and is definitely going to be on the menu again and again. Thanks for the recipes!!!! Pros: Quick easy and very very good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2013
Yum Looking for an easy way to use up some left over baked chicken and this was surprisingly good. This made it to my recipe box. Flavorful healthy and easy. Even the kids loved it. Pros: Quick and Easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2013
Nice quick dinner I will double up on the chili-garlic sauce next time and add some crushed roasted peanuts. Pros: Quick and easy very tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2013
A meal the whole family will love. My grandchildren asks for seconds! This is a win win recipe as it has tons of flavor and is pleasing to adults as well as children. Pros: Great for kids. They love the peanut butter flavor. Cons: Have to lighten up on the chile-garlic sauce for children. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2013
quick easy and tasteful This was really good and easy. I would add a little more spice and thin it out a little bit more. Plus fresh veggies would be a better option but more time. Pros: filling and healthy Cons: a bit thick Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/17/2012
terrible we ate it but overall we did NOT think this recipe worked at all. I dont recommend. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2012
Delicious! This was a huge hit for the family. I cut back on the minced garlic and add more salt to taste. This dish will definitaley become a regular! Pros: easy tasty healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2012
Love Love Love! As someone who is not too fond of peanut butter I am amazed at how much I love this dish! It tastes even better as leftovers. I normally tire of leftovers after a day or 2. I had 4 days worth and was disappointed when I realized I was down to my last serving. I recommend crunchy peanut butter as others have suggested. And I also suggest not using the entire cup of cooking liquid. Maybe 1/2 to 3/4. I eliminated the chicken and it was just fine. Pros: Easy and Quick Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2012
Absolutely LOVE this recipe! This recipe was so easy and so tasty! My daughter was a little turned off when she first saw the sauce being made but once it was all put together she had seconds! I made it using the perdue shortcuts and just chopping them up. I also used a bit more soy sauce and served additional hot sauce on the side. Next time I would add more vegetables and may even try it with shrimp or tofu to switch it up a bit. I brought the leftovers for lunch! So good. Thanks.:) Pros: Filling tasty easy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/11/2012
Gloppy mess my husband wouldn't eat There must have been something wrong with EW web site on this on. Even the reviewers who had only bad things to say had 5-star ratings. I love Thai flavors and love peanut but this recipe was a flop. Pros: Healthy Cons: Unappetizing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Here is my suggestion:First I used fresh veges - onion green pepper carrots broccoli - i sauted the veges with some minced garlic and minced fresh ginger. I cooked the chicken seperately in a little olive oil until just past pink...I minced a clove of garlic and a small amount of fresh ginger as the recipe calls for and put that in a small bowl... in that bowl I added the soy sauce peanut butter a pinch of crushed red pepper - and then a chicken buillon cube and a cup of boiling water... i mixed this all together in that seperate bowl.When the chicken was cooked through I added the chicken to the veges poured the peanut sauce over the chick and veges kept that warm on the stove and finished cooking the pasta...When the pasta was done i poured the mixture over the pasta and served it...I think the chick buillon added a little better flavor then just using pasta water... if you have fresh stock even better...I do have leftovers which will be delish cold...I will make this recipe again. Scott estero FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this on Sunday night and was overall pleased with how it came out. I did do some substitutions (quinoa pasta instead of whole wheat dried ground ginger instead of fresh added spinach (wilted at the end) and just used whatever frozen veggies I had on hand (corn/carrot/greenbeans)) Next time I'm going to up the garlic-chili sauce a tad to give it a bit more kick. All-in-all a good solid recipe easily made with things I had on hand that doesn't have to be followed exactly. My boyfriend said he was "really looking forward" to the leftovers on Monday. We both said we'd eat it again. Anonymous San Diego CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love the concept of this dish but the sauce was a little bland. I will try it again and add more spices. girly Tx Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Of the variety of recipes I've used on this site this has been my favorite so far. It is unfortunate to read the review from the person who thought it had a weird taste--I suppose if you don't like Thai food or if you haven't had too much exotic cuisine it might come across as a different type dish. I'm not a fan of whole-wheat pasta; but adding the peanut butter transformed the taste (and instead of whole-wheat I used even healthier (and tastier) multi-grain pasta). I also recommend that instead of using fresh garlic and/or ginger --buy the paste. You can usually find it in the produce section near the bagged produce/tofu area--and it goes a lot further and lasts longer. Plus it saves time from having to peel etc. Jim G Colorado Springs CO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is much better using whole wheat liguini...and a few modifications. Omit using the cooking liquid because there is usually enough water from the veggies and noodles. To add more flavor...omit garlic sauce and use crushed red pepper flakes (I crush some dried thai chilis) to taste and grate in 2-3 cloves of garlic a two inch piece of ginger and a little lime zest. I also use the juice of 1/2 a lime. Wisk in with the soy sauce peanut butter and a couple of tablespoons honey or brown sugar. The sweet and spicy combo is great. You can also go all veg or saute some firm tofu in some sesame oil before adding the veggies and it is still very delicious. Marie Memphis TN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Gloppy bland and weird taste. I had high hopes for a good thai peanut sauce but this was not it. The only thing I could taste was peanut butter. Shielaugh Divelbiss Richmond CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good recipe. I served it with some thai sweet chili sauce and that really enhanced the flavor. Stacie Bakersfield CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a quick easy recipe. My husband and I enjoyed the recipe as it is listed but found it a bit bland. I changed it a bit the next time by adding a few dashes of cayenne pepper and reducing by half the amount of water added to the peanut butter. We loved it! Alison New Haven CT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I tinkered with the ingredient proportions a bit so that the dish had more kick. Added chopped scallions and cilantro as final garnishes. Came out surprisingly tasty. Good basic recipe to use as a departure point. Pete Newport Beach CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe. I would use chunky peanut butter if you like a strong peanut flavor and perdue precooked chicken strips to save time. Will definitly make it again!! Melissa MD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The amount of peanut butter this recipe calls for overpowers the other ingredients to the point of not being able to taste them. Next time I'll use 1/2 as much PB and I believe the recipe will be very good. S.S.J. Raceland LA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a nice weeknight dinner. There are always going to be critics that complain about recipes but the one that struck me was the comment from Daniell from Kirkland WA she states this recipe was gloppy and bland. If it were gloppy then she did not mix hot pasta water as that loosens the peanutbutter to make it smooth and if it was bland then she did not use the chile garlic sauce because that is not a bland spice. I liked the recipe keep up the good work. Anonymous Clinton CT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We enjoyed it. It was easy and quick to put together - great for a weeknight meal. Anonymous PEI Ca Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very nutritious but did not really care for the combo with peanut butter. Anonymous Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've tried most of the "similiar" recipes listed and they are all much better than this one. The 1 cup cooking liquid made for a pretty disgusting final product. Anonymous Arlington VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I had high hopes for this dish because my husband and I enjoy Thai food. However this was unappetizing and we ended up throwing away most of it. It turned out to be "gloppy" and bland. Danielle Kirkland WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Quick simple and flavorful. Three of my most important considerations when preparing a meal. I was very pleased. Lucretia Pensacola FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I found that using only water to reconstitute the dressing when eating leftovers wasn't enough - I also added a splash each of the soy and chili garlic sauces and it tasted better than when I made it! An easy substitution - throw in a bag of broccoli slaw instead of the veggies! Anonymous Rockford MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I always have jars of somewhat exotic sauces in the back of the fridge and this is a great recipe that uses chile-garlic sauce. Anonymous Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Compared to other peanut sauce recipes we've made this was bitter and lacked depth of flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made several recipes on your site and like the others my boyfriend and I liked this a lot. I did add more chili garlic sauce than what was suggested and I tossed a red onion and some mushrooms in as well as I needed to get rid of them. This was easy and I will make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was really simple. I thought the leftovers had a lot more flavor... maybe letting the spices in the sauce sit for a day will take care of the blandness other people have mentioned. I would now serve this to others... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved this. The recipe was relatively simple and cheap. I thought it tasted great. The leftovers were good too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this recipe 5 times now and it has become a family favorite. I cut the chili sauce down to 1 tsp. as my son does not like spicy food and add more garlic. I also double the veggies. I use whatever veggies I have left over in the fridge paired with a package of frozen stir fry veggies. The pasta I have cut down to half a package of dreamfields thin spagetti ( a box is 13.5oz). Great one dish meal. Very filling. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved this recipe the peanut flavor is what really makes this recipe. It was simple budget friendly and great for the whole family. I did reduce the garlic chili sauce because I have a 4 and 6 year old but left enough that I know it's there. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I found this recipe earlier today and made it for dinner this evening. It was excellent! I bumped up the chili-garlic sauce and used whole grain pasta instead of wheat. I also added even more chili-garlic sauce to my own serving since I like it more spicy than other who were eating it. Everyone enjoyed the dinner. Kudos to the chef! Thanks Bert H - Atlanta GA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was disgusting. I've never had pasta with peanut butter and I never will again - it was a waste of food that went down the disposal. Jill Anderson CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
No way do I go for the smooth peanut butter! I either use chunky or sprinkle some crushed nuts on the dish before serving. Love the crunch. This is also a great vegetarian choice without the added chicken. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Our family tried this recipe tonight and were impressed. I sauted the chicken instead of poaching using cooking spray. Even my picky husband asked for seconds! Having lost over 80 pounds in the last six months recipes like this are heaven sent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was pretty good!! I was actually surprised. My only problem was that the peanut butter sauce came out a bit soupy but I put what was leftover in the fridge and now it- s perfect! No need to heat it up either. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this tonight and loved it. Like others I bumped down the chili-garlic sauce to accommodate the kids and it was still flavorful and delicious. Next time I'll double the vegetables and use crunchy PB. It will be easy to experiment with this recipe. Looking forward to it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
As a mom who works full-time I am constantly looking for quick easy and nutritious meals. I started to think spending less time in the kitchen meant losing nutritional value. The fact that this receipt REALLY only takes 30 mins was exciting to me after I tasted how delicious it was! Thank you! This recipe is a keeper!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe! I used buckwheat soba noodles and they were great. I also used the "fresh ground" peanut butter. It had great flavor and crunch but you definitely need some of the cooking water to loosen up the sauce. I'll make this again for certain. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
DELICIOUS!!!! The entire meal takes approximately 30 minutes to make and if you are lucky and there are left overs it's even better the next day. I also added crushed peanuts and some sliced green onions. This is a great recipe that would fit any diet or budget. Love it and definitely a keeper!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved this recipe! It was super tasty and nutritious and did not take more than thirty minutes! That is totally great especially on weeknights. A flawless masterpiece Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really quick and lovely meal! Worked perfectly with the two person sized portions of chicken thighs that I keep in the freezer. Using the stirfry veggies (also kept chopped in the freezer) this was ready in ten minutes. Served with the Japanese cucumber salad also from this site. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Easy & filling! I used crunchy peanut butter because we love the crunch. I think I will add red/green/yellow peppers next time to add some more color. I am looking forward to the leftovers later this week! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Terrific dish simple and quick. My husband and three kids all loved it - including the picky veggie hater who ate it all because of the sauce. Loved the kick of the Chile-garlic sauce. Loved how easy it was to add the fresh veggies to the pasta water to cook together. I added a honey to the sauce for sweetness and I garnished with chopped peanuts and scallions - will try it next time using chunky peanut butter (and skip adding chopped peanuts.) Whisking in the hot starchy pasta water to the peanut sauce made it creamy and glossy. I will be cooking this again and often! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yummy! Delicious wonderful outstanding. This dish was quite a treat i loved it yummy yayayayayayayyayayayaya. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is certainly a recipe we'll have again because everybody in my family likes it! My 3 and 5-year-old kids are usually pretty picky eaters and don't like the same things but they both liked this! I left out the chile-garlic sauce because I didn't have any and if I have any 'spice' added my kids won't eat it. It was very delicious even without it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I was really looking forward to this but maybe I used the wrong kind of peanut butter? I used Wegman's brand natural creamy peanut butter. All of my proportions were right but the sauce was bland. It has a peanut buttery taste but I didn't like the texture (which was all from the peanut butter). Although it had a nice kick to it from the chili sauce the garlic and soy were really muted. But I'm a college student and don't cook much so maybe it's my inexperience. I added some soy sauce to my bowl but I don't think there's much I can do to fix it. I don't think I'll make it again but if I did I'd use chunky peanut butter like everyone else said because I really think there should be something crunchy in it besides the vegetables. Also Wegman's now sells "Far East Stir Fry" bags of frozen vegetables (broccoli sugar snap peas green beans carrots celery onions red peppers water chestnuts) and I just threw them in with the boiling pasta for only a few minutes. They were cooked until just a little crunch was left. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made this for myself and my kids. It was seriously bland. Need to add more spice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We love this recipe. The only changes I make are to substitute buckwheat soba noodles for the spaghetti and to steam the vegetables in the microwave rather than cooking them in the boiling water. Comes out great every time. I serve extra chile-garlic sauce on the side (the same brand as Siracha) for those who want an extra kick of heat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I was late adding fresh veggies to the pasta as it cooked-- no problem. Hunted for the grater for the ginger and ended up using the garlic press-- no sweat. The pasta and veggies had to sit a while until I finished making the sauce-- that's OK. In spite of all that it tasted terrific! I swear it is almost impossible to screw this recipe up! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This pleases the crowd at my house. I like to add a teaspoon of smoked sesame oil and my kids like it when it's got lots of snow peas and extra ginger. If I really want to make everyone happy I substitute a pound of frozen shrimp for the chicken. Just add it to the pasta to cook a minute or so before the noodles are done (depending on whether shrimp has been thawed or not). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This was amazing! I used rotisserie chicken and as most people recommended crunchy peanut butter. I added some scallions to the veggie mix and made 1 1/2 x the sauce since we tend to like a little more. Served with extra chili sauce on the side for those who liked a bit more heat. Will absolutely make this again. Once of the things I really liked was using the water from the cooked vegetables because when you boil them that's where much of the nutrients end up so this way you are able to keep them! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Dinner in a Flash we love to make this recipe- so fast and easy. great way to use leftover chicken. its also fine without any meat at all. in fact its my go-to meal when i have no time and no groceries in the fridge. a bag of frozen veg from the freezer and everything else i have on hand in the pantry! we use buckwheat soba or rice noodles (bahn pho?) whatever is handy. also we're the spicy types so we just about quadruple the spice! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
YUM - Really great! I used a little less water for the sauce because I didn't want it to be runny when everything got mixed together and used twice the veggies and a little more buckwheat soba noodles to use up the package. The soba noodles are a little sweet and went really well with the slightly spicy sauce. The chunky peanut butter wasn't very chunky so next time I will add chopped peanuts too. Even my daughter liked it (minus a few veggies she picked out). Will definitely be on my list to make again! Would be great with tofu shrimp or combination too! Pros: Easy flavorful healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Decadent! I made this last night for dinner exactly as the recipe reads with one small change. I used 16 oz of frozen broccoli for the veggies. My husband could not believe this was healthy. Tasted like something we'd get at our favorite Thai place and feel guilty about all night. Having leftovers tonight and quite excited about it. Pros: Easy completely delcious uses ingredients I already have at home Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious This recipe was great. Even my boyfriend who isn't a huge fan of all my healthy cooking loved this! I'm sure I'll be making this one again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good with some changes Very good? For our personal tastes I used double the amount of chile garlic sauce 3tsp of garlic and 2 of Ginger. As final touch I added sea salt and red pepper flakes. Read More