Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Peanut Butter Week! Peanut Butter Noodles

I got some suggestions to try a peanut butter sauce for dinner. So I did a little research and found a couple of recipes that looked good.  I ended up choosing to modify this Spicy Peanut Chicken recipe because it called for chow mein noodles and I had some I wanted to use up.

Doesn't it look yummy?  Too bad mine didn't end up looking so pretty.


1 1/2 tsp curry powder

2 Tbsp Thai chili garlic sauce, or to taste 

1 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper, or to taste 

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp soy sauce

1/2 pound uncooked spaghetti

1 Tbsp peanut oil 

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 - inch cubes 

3 1/2 c. water 

2 cups extra chunky peanut butter 

4 green onions, chopped 

1/2 cup chow mein noodles 


All the comments for this recipe talked about how spicy it was.  We tend to prefer less spiciness in our meals so I halved the cayenne and left the chili garlic sauce out entirely.  I also used creamy instead of chunky peanut butter because I have to use up creamy.

The kids liked it OK but I didn't like it at all.  I don't usually care for Thai food or nuts (though I like peanut butter), and this dish was what I expected.  DH liked it well enough though and there was so much sauce left over I cooked more noodles and made him some lunches for work.

I did not take photos because it really didn't look pretty.  Imagine brown spaghetti with some green bits and crunchy chow mein on top. 

I don't think I'll make it again unless DH requests it.


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