Peanut Butter at a Dinner Party

peanut butter noodles with chicken

I was invited to my first-ever dinner party! Somebody actually wanted to have dinner with me! Never mind the fact that it’s virtual and I can’t actually eat any of the food… (Well, maybe I could try to lick my computer screen. But that wouldn’t taste very good.)

 

Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three extended an invitation to participate in her potluck next week, and I wanted to cook the perfect dish to share. Something kid-friendly but classy, something fast but flavorful, something easy but healthy…  

 

I floundered and fretted over the decision for at least a week, writing a list of potential entrées and crossing out every one. What can I say, I’m too indecisive (and a much better baker than cook)!

 

Eventually, all of that thinking triggered my appetite, and my thoughts turned to my PBB&J panini lunch. Mmm, peanut butter… Hey, peanut butter is kid-friendly. So are noodles. What if I put PB on noodles??

 

peanut butter noodles with chicken

 

So there you have it. My peanut butter noodle dish. It’s easy, healthy, and it only takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Perfect—now it’s (dinner) party time!

 

(And don’t forget, coming soon: my mini-series on sweet and sneaky ways to eat your veggies!)

 

peanut butter noodles with chicken

 

Peanut Butter Noodles with Chicken

serves 4

This noodle dish even tastes great cold, so try eating the leftovers for lunch the next day! Substitute tofu or seitan for a vegan meal.

¼ c. lower sodium soy sauce

2 tsp water

4 tsp peanut butter

1 tsp chili garlic sauce (optional—spicy!)

½ tsp cornstarch

3 oz rice noodles

4 c. boiling water

4 chicken tenderloins, sliced into ¼” thick pieces (or 2 small chicken breasts)

3 c. broccoli coleslaw

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, peanut butter, chili garlic sauce (if using), and water. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, combine the noodles and boiling water. Let the noodles soak for 5 min, then drain and snip into smaller fragments with kitchen shears.
  3. In a large pan coated with nonstick spray, cook the chicken over low heat for 2 min on each side, or until light golden brown. Add the broccoli coleslaw, and cook another 2-3 min or until the vegetables wilt. Add the noodles and sauce, and stir until everything is coated with the sauce. Serve hot.

 

peanut butter noodles with chicken

 

January 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals.

44 Comments

  1. Valerie replied:

    Such a great idea! And I love the photos!! 😀

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I definitely had you in mind as I made this dinner; with three kids, hopefully someone is bound to like peanut butter! And thank you about the photos too — that means a lot. :]

  2. thejennyevolution replied:

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  3. thatgirlsgotanappetite replied:

    Yum looks delicious. Not sure how it ranks on the healthy stakes though – peanut butter is a sin in my book. I will definitely be giving this one a go at home 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      There’s little enough peanut butter that the dish is still really healthy! I used to avoid PB because I considered it an overly-indulgent food, but I’ve realized that it’s good in small amounts. :] Hope you enjoy it!

  4. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    Yum-o! Love me some peanut butter, so this sounds fabulous! Totally jealous of your cute little serving bowls, too!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! They were a Christmas gift from my family… They had that cookbook in mind when they bought them!

  5. BekAtCrave replied:

    Yum perfect homemade satay sauce! Pb really is the best thing ever 😉

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I know, I can’t believe I fell off the PB bandwagon for… Uh, 8 years?? I used to eat it with a spoon straight from the jar as a kid, but I went through too many jars all by myself…

  6. Liz replied:

    you’re funny: “someone actually wanted to have dinner with me!” I imagine you being a most excellent dinner guest:-) PB noodles look good for sure.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Aww, thank you! That means a lot. :] Right now I work so much that it’s a rare occasion to go out to dinner, let alone even cook, so it was wonderful to be invited to a dinner party!

  7. Chyina replied:

    This sounds delightful. I’ve often gotten odd looks for mixing uncommon things together, but I have never thought of this! (which is saying something) Can’t wait to try it.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      But it’s so fun to mix strange ingredients together! One of my favorite “odd” creations was my bacon cupcakes (http://wp.me/p18CG9-hZ). Sounds strange, but it’s just another sweet and salty combination that tastes amazing. Hope you enjoy the noodles!

      • Chyina replied:

        Another odd one (think I saw it in “Ten Thing I Hate About You”) was the fry dipped in milk shake. It’s actually quite good, lol. Same thing, salty sweet. 🙂

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I love that movie! Somehow I don’t remember that little detail though… Must mean I need to re-watch the film soon!

      • Chyina replied:

        I might have the movie wrong, lol, but that was the first one that came to my head when trying to remember where I saw it. Like you, I’ll be watching it again. 😉

      • foods for the soul replied:

        It sounds vaguely familiar, so even if it wasn’t that specific movie, it has to be from a chick flick. (Those almost always the only movies I watch! :])

      • Chyina replied:

        Lol, yeah pretty sure it was a chick flick, just can’t remember for sure which one.

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I’ll just have to re-watch all of my old chick flicks then… Oh darn!

      • Chyina replied:

        Yes, that’s such a burden I know. 😉

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I can hardly bear it! ;]

  8. makeitfun4thumbs replied:

    This sounds like a great dish and plan to make this weekend.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you, I’m excited to hear what you think! Because it comes together so quickly, I’m sure it’ll become part of our own dinner rotation soon.

  9. irena078 replied:

    peanut butter? mmmm + noodles and veggies? mmm may I come to your next party?

  10. Rebecca replied:

    I don’t usually like peanut butter on dishes or peanut-based dishes, but this sounds *so* good!! I’m definitely going to try it out! P.S. I’d invite you to one of my dinner parties!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Aww thank you! I’d still bring something other than peanut butter if you invited me. ;] The peanut butter taste was fairly mild, so hopefully you enjoy it if you try it!

      • Rebecca replied:

        I’m for sure going to try it after I get through today’s slow cooker recipe, haha. I have so much peanut butter (I like it on apples), I don’t even know what to do with it all, so this recipe sounds perfect!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I’m envious; I still don’t have a slow cooker! My favorite ways to eat peanut butter are these addicting popcorn balls (http://wp.me/p18CG9-Dh) or in oatmeal (http://wp.me/p18CG9-BY). I also made my own Reese’s a while back, and they’d be great for Valentine’s Day! (http://wp.me/p18CG9-7W)

      • Rebecca replied:

        Holy crap those Reese’s cups look so amazing!! Definitely making them for valentine’s day. Peanut butter and dark chocolate; I think I just died.

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Thanks!! They were so addicting… I sent over half of them to my mom for Valentine’s Day, and she loved them too. I’d suggest using a mini muffin tin so you don’t feel so guilty if you eat 5 or 6 like me! ;]

      • Rebecca replied:

        You can believe that I will (Or I’ll just exercise for ten hours so I can get away with eating it all, haha!). Where on earth did you get those heart-shaped mini muffin molds!? I need to order them asap, they are so darling!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Nothing like chocolate for exercise motivation! I actually bought the silicon pans at Target a few years ago from their dollar section. They might put them out again since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but you might be able to find something like them on Amazon too.

      • Rebecca replied:

        Ooh, thanks! We don’t have Target in Canada yet, but it’s coming soon. (I’m waiting anxiously, haha)

      • Rebecca replied:

        *I’m going to check Amazon now; good idea!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        That’s so sad; I love Target!! If I see any in the meantime, I’ll definitely let you know where. :] Good luck with Amazon!

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  12. meeramadhavan (Stovetops&Stilettos) replied:

    Sounds sooo good!!….looking forward to more recipes from you!! 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks!! Check back in two days for when I start my little series on sweet ways to eat vegetables! ;]

  13. bakingbrewing replied:

    Yum! This looks SO. GOOD. Will have to try this recipe out. And soon!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! It’s a cinch to make; I couldn’t believe how fast it came together. Hope you enjoy it!

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