I was invited to my first-ever dinner party! Somebody actually wanted to have dinner with me! Never mind the fact that it’s virtual and I can’t actually eat any of the food… (Well, maybe I could try to lick my computer screen. But that wouldn’t taste very good.)
Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three extended an invitation to participate in her potluck next week, and I wanted to cook the perfect dish to share. Something kid-friendly but classy, something fast but flavorful, something easy but healthy…
I floundered and fretted over the decision for at least a week, writing a list of potential entrées and crossing out every one. What can I say, I’m too indecisive (and a much better baker than cook)!
Eventually, all of that thinking triggered my appetite, and my thoughts turned to my PBB&J panini lunch. Mmm, peanut butter… Hey, peanut butter is kid-friendly. So are noodles. What if I put PB on noodles??
So there you have it. My peanut butter noodle dish. It’s easy, healthy, and it only takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Perfect—now it’s (dinner) party time!
(And don’t forget, coming soon: my mini-series on sweet and sneaky ways to eat your veggies!)
Peanut Butter Noodles with Chicken
This noodle dish even tastes great cold, so try eating the leftovers for lunch the next day! Substitute tofu or seitan for a vegan meal.
¼ c. lower sodium soy sauce
2 tsp water
4 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp chili garlic sauce (optional—spicy!)
½ tsp cornstarch
3 oz rice noodles
4 c. boiling water
4 chicken tenderloins, sliced into ¼” thick pieces (or 2 small chicken breasts)
3 c. broccoli coleslaw
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, peanut butter, chili garlic sauce (if using), and water. Set aside.
- In a pan, combine the noodles and boiling water. Let the noodles soak for 5 min, then drain and snip into smaller fragments with kitchen shears.
- In a large pan coated with nonstick spray, cook the chicken over low heat for 2 min on each side, or until light golden brown. Add the broccoli coleslaw, and cook another 2-3 min or until the vegetables wilt. Add the noodles and sauce, and stir until everything is coated with the sauce. Serve hot.