17 February 2012

Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad

Doug and I discovered a great little Thai restaurant in our neighborhood on one of the very first nights in our new place. It was a wonderful summer evening, so we sat outside on this restaurant's flower-covered terrace and chowed down on spicy noodle with chicken dishes. While dining out is certainly fun, sometimes we just want to make dinner at home. This spicy peanut chicken salad sure hits the spot when we have cravings for "take out food" at home.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad
(Adapted from Pinch of Yum)
Yield: 6 Servings

2 Tbsp. Canola Oil
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed
1 Red Bell Pepper, julienne
1 Green Bell Pepper, julienne
1 C. Carrots, shredded or julienne
1/2 C. Broccoli, bite-size pieces
1/2 C. Snow Peas
8 oz. Soba or Udon Noodles, cooked
1/2 C. Green Onions, thinly sliced, for garnish
Cilantro, for garnish

5 Tbsp. Soy Sauce - Reduced Sodium
2 Tbsp. Water
2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp. Sesame or Canola Oil
1 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger, roughly chopped
1 Clove Garlic
1 tsp. Sugar
1 Red Thai Chili Pepper or Jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed
1/3 C. Peanuts

First, make the peanut dressing. To do so, combine all of the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth (except peanuts). Then, add the peanuts last minute and process until just finely chopped. Set aside.

Heat canola oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add cubed chicken and cook until golden brown. Remove chicken from pan and set aside onto a plate. In the same wok, add the bell peppers, carrots, broccoli and snow peas. Sauté until just tender (about 3-5 minutes). Add the cooked noodles, peanut sauce and chicken into the wok pan; gently mix with the veggies. Top each serving with green onions and cilantro.


  1. Yummy!!! I remember that place ;-) Make this for me when I come visit???

    1. Yea! We went there when you were here to help us move in! :)

  2. I love peanut chicken and so does Marc! Definitely making this soon :)

  3. Thai food is always a favorite, I love the fresh flavors. This looks like a great way to recreate it at home; excited to try it!

  4. This looks light and tasty. Perfect for my diet!!

  5. Sounds delicious! Although I am allergic to peanuts, I'd definitely love to try your sauce with SunButter!

    1. Aww, let me know if the SunButter works in this recipe.

  6. Becky - we made this tonight for company and it was a hit!! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)