Thursday, December 29, 2011

Whole Wheat Noodles with Chicken & Sugar Snap Peas

In keeping with the idea that it’s time to lighten things up after all those rich holiday meals and treats, my throw together meal for this week is Whole Wheat Noodles with Chicken & Sugar Snap Peas.  I make variations of stir fry’s all the time, either making special trips to the market to pick up ingredients, or using what I have on hand, in the pantry, freezer and refrigerator.  This meal focuses on sesame marinated; boneless, skinless chicken breasts stir fried with trimmed sugar snap peas, in a spicy garlic sauce served over whole wheat noodles (i.e. thick spaghetti.)  

1 ½ cups sugar snap peas, ends trimmed
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (free range, organic preferred)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 ½ cups chicken stock
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cornstarch
½ cup unsalted, roasted peanuts, chopped

Start by slicing the chicken breasts into half inch pieces, and marinating for at least an hour in a mixture of the sesame oil with rice wine vinegar.  Allow your wok to heat up a few minutes of medium high, add the chicken and stir fry until cooked through, remove and set aside.  Cook the noodles as specified on the package.  Add and bring the stock to a boil, mix with the soy sauce, sriracha, garlic, honey, carrots and bell peppers, and bring to simmer.  Mix the cornstarch with hot water until dissolved, then slowly drizzle into the sauce while stirring, toss in the snap peas, celery, chicken, and then let simmer 5 minutes until the vegetables are crisp tender.  Toss with the cooked noodles and top with peanuts for crunch.


  1. Wow - this looks absolutely amazing! As delicious as something you would get in a restaurant! I particularly like the nuts on top! Nicely done!

  2. Oooo, that look's mighty fine. I'm a sucker for anything with the the garlic/soy thing. Add a bit of freshly grated ginger and I'm in heaven. :)

  3. Mmm, this looks wonderful, and so healthy, too. Just what one needs after the holiday feasting!

  4. I do like the blend of goodies in this dish. Snap peas are great, but they are hard to find, so when I see them I must buy them. The best thing about this dish is that you get all the food groups together in one tasty bowl. Definitely one that is worth a try!