Chicken & Veggie Peanut Noodle Bowl

Why can’t every meal include peanut butter?

Besides the obvious sweet union of peanut butter and chocolate, there are plenty of other ways in which to incorporate this divine creation we call PB into our daily lives. For example, peanut butter toast or peanut butter pancakes for breakfast. Lunch? Easy as PB & J. Or, a healthy smoothie with nut butter.

Dinner isn’t always as obvious, but thanks to the inventive (weird) minds of Americans, it’s now socially acceptable to ask for peanut butter ON YOUR BURGER. I’m not sure what to think about that one. I’ll just stick to my peanut noodle bowls for now!

I love any type of Thai/spicy peanut sauce, and often whip it up to dip our grilled chicken in. The combination of that sauce with chicken, fresh vegetables and noodles takes it to the next level! This dish is the perfect lightened comfort food for all seasons.

It’s not super authentic – not even close! But it’s an easy weeknight recipe that tastes amazing.

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I ate a big bowl of this for dinner. And then I continued taking bites right out of the pan as Ryan was trying to put it away in a tupperware. And then I alternated talking about how good it was and complaining about how full I felt for a solid hour. Hello, grown up life.

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Chicken & Veggie Peanut Noodle Bowls

Adapted from EatLiveRun 

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 8 ounces noodles (of your choice)
  • 2 mini bok choys, blanched and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped

For the sauce:

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 2 T ginger, grated
  • 2 t honey
  • ½ t red pepper flakes

Directions:
In a large skillet, cook the cubed chicken in about 1 T olive oil over medium/high heat. Get the water boiling and cook the pasta around the same time.

After chopping the bell pepper and carrot, blanch the mini bok choys (stick in a pot of boiling water for roughly 30 seconds). Remove, and then chop as well.

To make the sauce, mix all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender.

Once the chicken is done, combine it with the cooked and drained noodles and veggies in a big pot. Mix the sauce in with everything (pour in increments to test the amount desired). Enjoy!

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