Szechuan Chicken and Noodles


I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new ideas for dinner.  We eat a lot of chicken, but I try to change it up as much as possible.  Stir fries are an easy way to do that, but even that can get a little old sometimes.  Plus I like it to be good for you, so sometimes that can be limiting.  Not too much cream, or butter, or cheese  – you know the good stuff :)  I gotta save my calories for dessert!

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it.  It was so colorful, full of veggies, and lots of flavor.  And….it is good for you!  It took awhile before I finally got around to making it, but it was worth the wait.  It is a simple, quick, weeknight meal that you can throw together in under 30 minutes.

I used rice noodles that you would make Pad Thai with, because that is what I had.  But really any noodle would work here, vermicelli, spaghetti, lo mein, whatever!  My husband liked to drizzle some hoisin sauce on his.  I tried that with the leftovers, and it really was a nice addition.

Yields 6

Spicy chicken with noodles and veggies. A quick and easy weeknight meal filled with lots of flavor, and is actually good for you.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bag (12 oz) broccoli slaw
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 10 oz rice noodles (prepared according to the package)
  • 1/3 cup reduce sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbls chili garlic sauce


  1. In a large skillet heat 1 Tbls of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until soft. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked (about 5-7 minutes). Remove chicken from the pan, and cover to keep warm.
  2. Heat the other tablespoon of oil and add the broccoli slaw. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the slaw is crisp tender. Stir in the crushed red pepper and the chili garlic sauce. Add the chicken back to the pan, and mix in the noodles. Pour the soy sauce over everything, and stir until well combined. Serve





  1. Loving this recipe, Erin! I think you know how much I adore these flavors!

  2. I love this, Erin! Quick, healthy and delicious – you can’t go wrong. I’m with you, I always have to save room for dessert! :)

  3. Amazing! Quick, easy, and just what I need on a Thursday night!

  4. That looks really tasty! I wish this was on the menu at my house today!

  5. This sounds fantastic, and I love your husband’s hoisin sauce addition – I’m obsessed with that stuff!

  6. Love noodles… especially with Asian flavors. :) Looks amazing!

  7. What a simple and tasty dinner idea!!! Loving the combination of flavors!!!

  8. I love making my own take out meals at home. I love how simple this one is and it doesn’t look too heavy! Perfect dinner!

  9. Stir fry’s are one of my favorite, quick dinners but I’m always looking for a new take. I’m sure my whole family would love this one!

  10. These noodles look so tempting! Would be great to try out on the weekend

  11. The Mom Chef says:

    We eat a lot of chicken too and I’m also looking for new ways to make it and this looks fantastic.

  12. I always feel so excited and humbled when I see “adapted by” and it’s my recipe!! :) Yours looks so good Erin!

  13. Can you substitute cabbage for the broccoli slaw ? I don’t believe I can get that at our local market.

  14. This is my kind of easy to throw together during the week meal. Who ever gets tired of noodles? I don’t. :)

  15. Hi there! I just want to tell you that this recipe is phenomenal!!!!!!! I just made this now for dinner later. (I normally cook ahead of time since my daughter and I are on the go in the late afternoon with karate!) I did the taste test and I am blown away! I can never order any sort of Asian food out since I have a peanut allergy and many of the take out places I have tried seem to maybe cross contaminate. I’ve even asked if they used peanut oil and they have said no, so I am assuming that the same woks are used for different dishes???? Anyway, ths is way better that what I could probably get from any take out place! I had some sesame oil so I did use that in place of the olive oil. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!!!!!!!!

    • So glad you liked it!! Peanut Allergies are tough, especially with Asian food. Thanks for the feedback, I love hearing from readers!

  16. LOVE THIS RECIPE….made it for the first time tonight and it was GREAT! I used 2 lbs of chicken and 16 oz rice noodles…even with the 1 tbsp of garlic chili sauce it was amazing!!!! I also used just plain cole slaw because I could not find the broccoli slaw. LOVE it.

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