Spicy Thai Noodles


Sauces made with heavy creams are loaded with calories and saturated fat. This recipe uses a peanut sauce that has all the richness of a cream sauce but with heart-healthy fats instead. Be careful--if using a store-bought sauce, check the ingredients list for added sugars!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 servings


  • 3 ounces dried brown rice noodles or rice noodles (see Tip)

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 6 to 8-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast half, cut in half horizontally

  • 1 cup thinly sliced desired-color sweet pepper

  • ¾ cup packaged fresh julienned carrots or coarsely shredded carrots

  • 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter

  • 5 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ cup thinly bias-sliced green onion

  • Lime wedges


  1. In a large saucepan cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water. Return noodles to saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, coat a 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium Add chicken; cook 6 minutes or until no longer pink, turning once. Remove from skillet. Add sweet pepper and carrots; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp-tender.

  3. For sauce, in a small bowl whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, crushed red pepper and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the reserved cooking water.

  4. Thinly slice chicken. Stir chicken and vegetables into noodles. Add sauce; stir to coat. If needed, stir in additional reserved cooking water to moisten. Top servings with green onion. Serve with lime wedges.


Tip: If you like, substitute 3 ounces dried multi-grain spaghetti for the rice noodles. Cook according to package directions, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
12g Fat
48g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Vitamin A 10225IU 204%
Vitamin C 99mg 110%
Folate 70mcg 18%
Sodium 611mg 27%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 59mg 14%
Potassium 673mg 14%

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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