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posted: 05/29/19

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These Peanut Butter Stir Fry Noodles are the perfect easy weeknight dinner. It comes together in just under 30 minutes and is packed with delicious peanut butter flavor that everyone will love. Such an easy chicken stir fry that your family will want again and again.

overhead view of peanut butter stir fry noodles in a large skillet, topped with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts

 

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In our house we go through A LOT of peanut butter. So much peanut butter, in fact, that when I accidentally pick up the smaller jar at the grocery store, Nathan is irritated with me because he knows it will last no time at all. Two big jars. Bought in bulk.

I think the reason we love peanut butter so much in our house is because it is delicious (obviously), but also it is something that is going to stick with our kids and really wipe out their hunger so they aren’t back in 10 minutes asking for a snack. At 8 grams of protein per serving, it is perfect for our growing brood. Our oldest takes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day to school and our other kiddos often have it as a dip with pretzels or veggies as an afternoon snack when they are acting super hangry.

I also love how versatile peanut butter is! Obviously it is amazing in a sandwich, but it’s also perfect in baked goods like my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and desserts like my Peanut Butter Cup Pie. I love using it in snacks like my five ingredient no bake energy bites. But! It is even amazing in dinner recipes.

30 MINUTE STIR FRY NOODLES

This Peanut Butter Stir Fry Noodles dinner recipe is phenomenal. The sauce for it starts with creamy peanut butter, but if you love chunky peanut butter you could use that instead. With the sauce taking less than 5 minutes to make and it being the most complicated part of this recipe, you are going to love how simple this chicken noodle stir fry is. The perfect weeknight dinner!

I will tell you, that I made this and wrote down all the timing with all three of my kids home from school needing help with homework, having tantrums, and demanding snuggles. So, I promise you, this chicken stir fry with noodles really is an ideal weeknight family meal.

THE BEST PEANUT SAUCE

Let’s start with how we make the sauce, shall we? It is really easy to whisk together this stir fry noodle sauce and then just pour on the end of your recipe. You will need:

  • creamy peanut butter
  • soy sauce
  • apple cider vinegar
  • chile paste – found in a small tube in the international aisle
  • minced fresh ginger – you can buy this in a tube near the produce
  • fresh garlic 

creamy peanut butter being put into a bowl filled with apple cider vinegar and soy sauce

HOW TO SOFTEN PEANUT BUTTER

This sauce is a little easier to whisk together if you first soften the peanut butter. To do that, I would suggest sticking this amount in the microwave for about 15 to 30 seconds. It’s okay if it gets very liquidy in there because you are incorporating it into a sauce.

a bowl filled with ingredients for peanut sauce that have not been whisked together yet

Once you have all of the ingredients your bowl, whisk together until smooth. It may take a bit for the peanut butter to incorporate into the rest of the ingredients are really break down. Keep whisking until the sauce is smooth.

a small bowl with ingredients or peanut sauce in it being whisked by a tiny whisk

MAKING THESE EASY STIR FRY NOODLES

I just love how easy this recipe is. Making the sauce is literally the most hands on part of this recipe and we already got that done! If you are really comfortable in the kitchen, you can make your sauce while your chicken cooks and your noodles boil and this recipe will be done even faster!

If you aren’t as comfortable, just make prep the sauce at the beginning and set it aside.

It is so easy to make stir fry noodles with chicken and vegetables. Here are the steps laid out.

  1. Make the sauce and set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Using chicken tenders makes this easier.
  3. Bring water to a boil and start your noodles cooking.
  4. While the water is boiling, start cooking your chicken.
  5. Add in the frozen vegetables to the chicken.
  6. Add the noodles to the vegetables and the chicken.
  7. Pour the sauce over everything and toss to combine. (Please note that this is done on the stove top. I just took my dish off to take the photo in natural light.)

pouring peanut sauce into a skillet that contains vegetables and noodles

HOW TO GARNISH THIS DISH

If you have little ones, you might want to be done at this point. That said, I loved this dish with the extra punch of fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts on top. They give the final dish such a pretty presentation and I love the extra flavor they provide.

HOW MANY SERVINGS DOES THIS MAKE?

This recipe makes 5 servings that are 1 1/2 cups each. To put that in perspective, everyone in our family (three being small kids), had generous servings and we had some left over. I would think this would feed five adults.

VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Replace the creamy peanut butter with crunch peanut butter for more texture.
  • Make these stir fry noodles vegan by replacing the chicken with more vegetables. The protein you are getting from the peanut butter is great!
  • Make this recipe gluten free by leaving out the ramen and doing a rice noodle stir fry.
  • Add more spice to this dish by throwing in some red pepper flakes.

overhead view of peanut butter stir fry noodles in a large skillet, topped with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts

OTHER GREAT RECIPES USING PEANUT BUTTER

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peanut butter stir fry noodles on a white dish with a fork twisting the noodles

overhead view of peanut butter stir fry noodles in a large skillet, topped with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts
5 from 2 votes

Peanut Butter Stir Fry Noodles

Serves: 5 servings
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Prep: 9 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or crunchy)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • 6 ounces Ramen noodles (2 packages boiled, but without the flavor packets)
  • 16 ounces frozen stir fry vegetables
  • roasted peanuts chopped
  • fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, garlic, chile paste, and ginger. Set aside.
  • Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the chicken until no longer pink, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, bring a large pot to a roaring boil. Add the Ramen noodles and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process.
  • Add the frozen vegetables to the chicken and cook until thawed, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the noodles and the sauce, and toss to combine. The sauce on the dish will be liquidy but will thicken as it sits off the heat.
  • Top with chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro for an extra punch of flavor.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Scarlet says

    Yum. This looks so good and I love all the veggies in there too. Peanut butter and soy sauce make such a tasty noodle dish. Pinning now to try soon.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it!

  2. Linda Baker says

    I’m making this tonight. Can’t wait to eat it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it!

  3. Christine says

    5 stars
    Sounds Amazing! Pinning to make for one of our week night dinners!

  4. Rebecca H says

    5 stars
    I made this last night and it was DELICIOUS!!! My husband insisted that I print the recipe immediately so I can make it again. We used brown rice noodles instead of ramen (that’s what I had in the pantry), but they worked wonderfully! It tasted delicious and I love how many veggies are packed in. Will definitely be making this again soon!! :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes me so happy! Thank you for coming back to let me know Rebecca!

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    • Lisa Longley says

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