Noodles are a big hit around here so I’ve been looking for quick and easy noodle bowls. I came across this recipe from eatwell101 that I thought I would try. They claimed you can pull this dish together in 15 minutes. Right. First off, I have to say that this meal was absolutely delicious, but in no way or form does it take 15 minutes to make. Boiling the water and cooking the noodles alone takes more than 15 minutes so I have no idea how they think 15 minutes is enough time. Ok, enough of my complaining. At least it’s super simple to make. Read on. I was up for the challenge, just to prove them wrong.
I got the water started for the noodles. I didn’t time it, but boiling water easily took 7-10 minutes. Cooking the noodles took 12 minutes. How is this a 15 minute meal? Ok, again, I’ll quit my whining.
The original recipe uses chicken breasts, which are leaner, but I typically use thighs. Cheaper and better tasting. Cut them into chunks and pan fry them until barely brown.
Because I was determined to make this in 15 minutes, while the chicken was cooking, I quickly minced a few garlic cloves, shredded a carrot, and chopped up some broccoli. I should have julienned the carrots, but no time for that nonsense!
Once the chicken was half done, I threw in the garlic and carrots. Yikes! I need to make the sauce! I quickly mixed together ginger (which I had to grate…seriously people?), brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and the kitchen sink. Maybe I should have made the sauce first, but I was following the order of the ingredients. Yes, yes, I should have read the directions first, but I was in a hurry!
During the last 2 minutes of boiling your noodles, throw your chopped up broccoli into the boiling pot of water and let it cook. Drain, and add the pasta and broccoli to the skillet with the chicken. Pour the sauce over and then stir it together until everything’s well mixed.
Whew. It’s done. For such a simple dish, I was exhausted as if I had just completed round 1 of Chopped. Again, how did they make this in 15 minutes?! But I have to say using spaghetti made the dish easy. The sauce was a perfect blend of salty/spicy/sweet. It could have used more broccoli, but I stole a few to dip in ranch. My bad. Best of all, the boys loved it. It’s a make again. Just plan on taking 30 minutes and try to be more zen about it than I was.
Chicken Stir Fry Noodles
- 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
- 1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced
- 1 medium carrot julienned or shredded
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- fresh chopped green onions for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
- fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- In a large pot with boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Add the broccoli florets the last 2 minutes of cooking and let them cook with pasta until tender. Drain the noodles and broccoli, and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, red pepper, and black pepper in a small bowl.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a medium-sized skillet and cook chicken in an even layer over medium heat, turning from time to time for 2 or 3 minutes, until slightly golden. Stir in the garlic, and carrots, and cook for a minute more, until cooked through but not overdone.
- Transfer the cooked spaghetti and broccoli to the skillet, and pour the sauce on top and toss until fully incorporated. Reheat for a couple of minutes and serve the chicken stir fry noodles, garnished with green onions.