NBA FIT Live Week: Easy Peanut Noodles with Chicken Recipe

This easy-to-prepare pasta dish from celebrity chef Candice Kumai will spice up the end of your day.

This week, Men's Fitness is teaming up with the NBA to celebrate NBA FIT Live Healthy Week. While all-star athletes will be promoting fitness and healthy living in communities around the nation, we're camping out in the kitchen. Each day, we'll deliver a series of low-calorie, muscle-building, athlete-caliber recipes designed by world-class chefs, like Mario Batali, Candice Kumai, Marc Forgione, Bill Telepan, Ali Maffucci, and Roble Ali. 

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Dinner: Easy Peanut Noodles with Chicken

This sweet, spicy, and nutty recipe is like Chinese take-out that you can make right at home. So, dig in today and save some for lunch tomorrow.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch thick strips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Heaping 1/4 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps or 1/2 cup dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes, drained, and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and salt and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta through a colander. Rinse the pasta under cold running water for a minute or 2 to chill the noodles. Give them a few shakes to remove the excess water and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring often, until golden-brown on all sides and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, stirring often, about 1 minute. Stir in the peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, pepper flakes, and reserved cooking water and cook until it becomes creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cooked chicken and the drained noodles and serve sprinkled with the scallions.

Serves: 4

Recipe adapted from Pretty Delicious by Candice Kumai

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