Tuesday, January 15, 2008


This recipe came from the August 2006 Better Homes and Garden's magazine. It was a $200 contest winner in the Noodle Bowls category.

I made this w/out meat as we are trying to eat more meatless meals and it was still pretty good, good enough to fix again. I also sauteed some celery and red bell peppers (recipe said to boil peppers) and added them when everything was finished.

2 (3 oz.) pkgs. Oriental-flavored ramen noodles
3 cups cut up vegetables such as broccoli florets, red sweet pepper strips (saute those, don't boil them), halved pea pods (saute with red peppers) and thinly sliced carrots
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs. packed brown sugar
1 Tbs. cornstarch
1 pkt. of the Oriental Seasonings found in soup package (save other two for other uses)
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (as much as we like this ingredient I knew this much would make the dish hot so I used 1/4 tsp. and it was perfect for us. If you like things hot use more but then again I wasn't using the chicken so maybe the 1/2 tsp. would have been perfect w/the chicken)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 (8 oz.) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 (8 oz.) can bamboo shoots, drained
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Boil noodles, broken up, in water along with cut up veggies. Boil three minutes, drain.

Sauce: Stir together: water, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, crushed red pepper and the one seasoning packet. Whisk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Add chicken, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots to sauce, heat through. Add to noodle mixture, adding sauteed veggies if you used that option. Toss, top with peanuts and gr e en onions.