Dan Dan Noodles with Chicken & Baby Bok Choy

In this Sichuan dan dan noodle recipe, Chinese black vinegar lends authentic flavor to the creamy sauce. If you can't find baby bok choy, use about 1 pound of mature bok choy sliced into 1- to 2-inch strips. Serve with your favorite hot sauce, such as sriracha, if desired.

Dan Dan Noodles with Chicken & Baby Bok Choy
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed (about 10 ounces)

  • 1 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger, divided

  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar (see Tips)

  • 2 teaspoons hot chile oil

  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

  • 12 ounces Chinese flat noodles (Tips) or linguine

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 pound baby bok choy, halved or quartered lengthwise

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 3 scallions, coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine chicken, 1 cup broth and 1 tablespoon ginger in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook, turning once or twice, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board (reserve the poaching liquid). When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken and set aside.

  2. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, chile oil, sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup broth to the reserved poaching liquid; whisk until well combined. Set aside.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse well.

  4. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottom carbon-steel wok or large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut (or canola) oil and swirl to coat. When the first puff of smoke appears, add the remaining 2 tablespoons ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, until very fragrant but not browned, 10 to 20 seconds. Stir the garlic mixture into the peanut sauce in the saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, then remove from heat.

  5. Place the wok over high heat. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut (or canola) oil and swirl to coat. When the first puff of smoke appears, add bok choy and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  6. Add the noodles to the bok choy and gently toss to combine. Transfer to a large shallow serving bowl. Top the noodles with the chicken. Reheat the peanut sauce, if desired, and pour over the noodles. Drizzle sesame oil over the top and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds. Toss together at the table before serving.


Chinese black vinegar (sometimes labeled Chingkiang vinegar) has a rich, smoky flavor. Look for it in Asian markets. Try it in Chinese sauces for noodles and stir-fries.

Any type of flat wheat noodle can be used for this recipe; for the most authentic taste and texture, seek out a Chinese brand of noodles from an Asian market or a supermarket with a large selection of ingredients used in Chinese cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
20g Fat
50g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Vitamin A 3261IU 65%
Vitamin C 22mg 24%
Folate 204mcg 51%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Calcium 127mg 10%
Iron 4mg 21%
Magnesium 59mg 14%
Potassium 529mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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