The Driftless Foodie: 30-Minute Peanut Noodles

By By Jessica Woodward

Sometimes in our house we just get an unapologetic craving for some peanut noodles. I mean, how could we not? The sweet and salty combination with a hint of heat. Ugh! Sign. Me. Up. In a world that’s trying to mold people into a plastic box that shouldn’t even exist – don’t fear these noods! They’re packed with protein and veggies and will keep you satisfied.

However, one of the biggest things for me that takes these noodles to the next level is the contrast of textures. The tender noodles accompanied by some chopped crunchy peanuts and fresh herbs calls for more than just dinner… it calls for an experience.

I know I’ve said this before, but food really has the ability to connect people. This dish has a connection for us in our home. When you eat a dish like this, you never forget the first time you’ve eaten it. And that goes for any really good meal.

I’ll never forget the first time I had crawfish is New Orleans or authentic street tacos in Mexico. What is this dish for you and your family? What is a meal that you cook for your loved ones that always allows brings them back home? If you don’t have one, maybe this dish below could be it for you! Or maybe, with spring around the corner and asparagus and rhubarb soon to burst through the earth, maybe a new dish is waiting to be discovered.

30-Minute Peanut Noodles


1 package of rice noodles

1 pound chicken thighs, cut into strips

3 cups chopped broccoli florets

1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1/3 cup peanut butter – creamy

1 can full fat coconut milk

3 Tbsp soy sauce

1.5 Tbsp sriracha

3 cloves garlic, minced

1.5 Tbsp ginger paste

Juice of one lime

2 Tbsp brown sugar 


1/3 cup crushed peanuts

Handful of fresh cilantro


1. Cook rice noodles 1-2 minutes less than the package suggests. Rinse and set aside.

2. In a skillet, add a little bit of oil and brown the chicken on all sides.

3. Once the chicken is halfway done, add the broccoli and sliced pepper and sauté 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. While that is cooking, whisk together the sauce by combining the remaining ingredients, besides the toppings, into a bowl. Whisk until smooth then add it to the skillet. Let cook for 5 minutes until thick and bubbly.

5. Add the noodles and cook until warmed through.

Top with peanuts and cilantro and serve.

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