Sweet 'n' Spicy Cold Noodles

The Spruce
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
642 Calories
36g Fat
49g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 642
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 1826mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 923mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This light but satisfying dish is easy to make ahead—or whip up—for lunch or dinner. Think of it as a Chinese take on pasta salad. Julienned cucumber, bean sprouts, and roasted peanuts add crunchy texture to a backbone of cold noodles and shredded chicken. A homemade rice vinegar-soy sauce gives the refreshing dish a light salty-tanginess and chili-garlic kick. 


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For the Noodles:

  • 6 ounces Chinese noodles, any type

  • 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded

  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and julienned

  • 1 1/2 cups raw bean sprouts

  • 1 scallion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili oil, or hot sauce

  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.

  2. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool. Make sure all water is drained. If you’re going to wait for a bit before using, toss with some oil to prevent the noodles from clumping and sticking.

  3. Assemble all the ingredients in a large bowl: noodles, shredded chicken, julienned cucumber, bean sprouts, chopped peanuts and cilantro. Add the sauce and toss to thoroughly coat and combine. Serve.

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