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Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chicken

This is a really simple and delicious Asian dish you can prepare quickly at home for a weeknight meal you feel great about. The sauce is fabulous: spicy, savory, a little nutty from the sesame oil, a little sweet from the honey. It’s got a taste of everything. The snow peas give a nice crunch to the dish and scallions and cilantro add some freshness. I thought a one cup serving (6 P+) was filling, but I included nutritional information for 1 ½ cups as well in case you’re extra hungry. This meal comes together very quickly and tastes like it took a lot more effort. That’s my definition of a perfect weeknight dinner!

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Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chicken

Yield: 6 (rounded 1 cup) servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz dry wheat spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas
  • 1 T grated fresh ginger (I grated mine on the smallest holed side of a box grater)
  • 3 T rice wine vinegar
  • 3 T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 T water
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 ½ t sriracha (Thai hot sauce – found by the other Asian products)
  • 2 t honey
  • 1 cup chopped, cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup diced scallions (green onions)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1.  Boil salted water in a large pot and cook the spaghetti al dente according to package directions.
  2. When the spaghetti goes in, mist a skillet with cooking spray and add the garlic and snow peas. Bring over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until garlic is fragrant and snow peas are softer, yet still firm enough to crunch.
  3. Combine the ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, water, sesame oil, sriracha and honey in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  4. When the spaghetti is cooked, transfer to a colander to drain and then pour the spaghetti back into the pot. Add the chopped chicken pieces and snow peas/garlic. Pour the prepared sauce from step three over the spaghetti and stir until coated. Add the scallions and cilantro and stir in. Serve immediately.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
238 calories, 35 g carbs, 6 g fat, 13 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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36 Responses to “Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chicken”

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    Anonymous — March 4, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    This looks delicious! Except I would just swap out the chicken for tofu because I’m a vegetarian. I’m always looking for quick week night dinners.

    • emilybites replied: — March 6th, 2012 @ 1:50 am

      Tofu would definitely work as a sub! Hope you enjoy it :)

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    Candace — March 4, 2012 @ 2:44 am

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you!

    • emilybites replied: — March 6th, 2012 @ 1:50 am

      Thanks! I hope it’s a hit!

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    Anonymous — March 5, 2012 @ 2:12 am

    I made this tonight and it came out AWESOME! I subbed broccoli because I didnt have snow peas and it was excellent! Spicy and flavorful. Thanks Emily!

    • emilybites replied: — March 6th, 2012 @ 1:51 am

      So glad to hear you loved it! Broccoli would definitely be good too. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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    Kalyn — March 5, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Love the looks of your version with the snow peas! So glad you enjoyed it.

    • emilybites replied: — March 6th, 2012 @ 1:49 am

      Thanks Kalyn! Love your blog :)

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    Lisa @ The Cooking Bride — March 5, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    Oh, yum! I love sesame noodles!

    • emilybites replied: — March 6th, 2012 @ 1:50 am

      Me too! These ones were really good. I wanted to eat those bang bang shrimp right off your page today, Lisa, and I am not even usually a seafood fan. YUM.

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    Christina Peters — March 13, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    Good evening Ms. Emily, Well, it’s been another “Emily” day around here! I made the taco cheesy pasta for lunch, it so rocked!!! I made Spicy Sesame noodles w/chicken ( subbed the snow peas for broccoli) all I can say is OMGoodness! It was incredible!!
    Last week, when I did “Emily” day, I made double pizza sauce, made the other one over the weekend! It was great having it again! I made the taco cupcakes, doubled the meat…so tomorrow, guess what’s for lunch tomorrow?! The other half, YUMMY!!
    I’ve enjoy, I should say…we’ve…enjoyed them so much, that when I went to the store over the weekend….my list was made from your recipes, I see many “Emily” days in my future!
    Thank you so very much, you’ve made keeping to my points, t WAY easier…plus, WAY YUMMIER!!!
    Thank you again!
    Christina

    • emilybites replied: — March 18th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

      Haha, Emily Day! Thank you so much for your comment, Christina – it made my day. I’m really happy to hear that using my recipes is making it easier to stick to your WW points and that you are loving them. :)

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    Nancy vs Polly — March 15, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Emily, I made this two nights ago and I love it! I didn’t know I could cook so well…thanks to you! I am in love with sesame oil…sooo good…even my two year old son loved this dish! Thanks so much! :)

    • emilybites replied: — March 18th, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

      I love sesame oil, too!! It makes things so delicious. That and chili oil were both wonderful discoveries for me. I am so happy you loved this. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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    Shannon — March 21, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    This was great! I added in mushrooms & red pepper to add some more color (and veggies) and topped with toasted sesame seeds which I think finished it! Thanks for all you do.

    • emilybites replied: — March 26th, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

      So happy you liked this, Shannon! Thanks for letting me know :)

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    Traylor — March 26, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Braggs liquid seasoning is a great sub for soy sauce with waaaay less sodium. Works in all sorts of recipes.

    • emilybites replied: — March 26th, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

      I always just use reduced sodium soy sauce, but thanks for the tip!

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    Jessie Thornton — March 29, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    This was amazing!!!! I loved the spicy kick it had too.

    • emilybites replied: — March 30th, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

      Happy you loved it, Jessie!

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    Jessica S — March 30, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    Made this tonight and loved it! Thanks so much for your weight watcher friendly recipes!

    • emilybites replied: — April 17th, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Jessica – glad you liked it!

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    Phyllis A — April 12, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    You have yet another hit on your hands here Emily!! The sriracha and ginger was just the right balance with the sesame oil – it was sooo delish. We added mushrooms and water chestnuts to bulk it up a little, had it as 4 servings which is perfect for the two of us – dinner last night and tonight – YUM

    • emilybites replied: — April 17th, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

      Thanks Phyllis! Mushrooms and water chestnuts sound like yummy add ins. I’m happy you loved this one!

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    Anonymous — April 21, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    I NEVER leave comments on blogs, but OMG! Emily–you have changed my life! I made this tonight and it ROCKS! I’ve been doing WW for a month now–and the first week I ate salads. I didn’t know what else to eat. Then I found your blog! It’s been amazing! We had an “Emily Bites” Easter menu! I’ve lost 14 lbs. in a month and it’s in large part due to your blog. I shared your blog with my WW group and the next week they thanked me. They all agreed that this is an AMAZING site! You are changing people’s lives and I don’t even know if you know it. Thank you. A thousand times thank you! P.S. I think you should change your blog from Emily Bites to Emily Rocks! ;)

    Sincerely,
    Heather

    • emilybites replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 1:44 am

      Well, I am so glad you left a comment on mine! Thanks Heather, reading this totally made my night :). Congrats on losing 14 pounds already – that’s incredible!! You should feel amazing. Thank you so much for spreading the word and for all your kind words. It really means a lot to me. Keep up all the amazing work – you are inspiring to me! :)

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    Anonymous — May 24, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    Soooo good! Spicy! Used the broccoli as suggested since I couldn’t get fresh snow peas.

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    Anonymous — August 11, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    Another hit in our house, hubby approved.

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    Elizabeth — November 27, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    I made this last night and both my husband and I LOVED it!! It was just spicy enough and the flavor was amazing. After 8 months and 52 pounds, your blog has been a lifesaver. Thank you!

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    Judy Smith — May 24, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    I made your chicken eggrolls tonight and was in need of a side dish. I decided to make this sans chicken as a side. OMG, delicious!!!

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    Anonymous — June 28, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    can you also serve it cold?

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    Kristen Bruce — September 25, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    I bet this would be good using spaghetti squash instead of noodles too! Looks yummy, I love anything Asian. Also just wanted to throw out some general props, I found your blog today and have been pinning tons of recipes to try, def adding you to my list of healthy food blogs to keep up with :)

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — September 27th, 2013 @ 2:55 am

      Thanks Kristen! I’m glad you found me :)

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    veronica walters — December 2, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    I love this recipe so much!!! I find myself going back to it over and over!!! I use the sauce for other stir fry swell! I add edamame for extra protein and whatever veggies I have to use up! I also can’t resist adding some toasted sesame seeds for garnish! Even my KD and chicken finger eating picky boyfriend loves this! We use quite a few of your recipes in our regular rotations! You are amazing!! Never stop creating such awesome delicious recipe for us!!!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:05 am

      Aw, thanks Veronica :). I’m so glad you both love it!

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