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Here’s a absolutely delicious dinner to make tonight! I love any kind of Asian noodle dish, especially a Thai one that includes peanut butter.  Good news too: Peanut butter is heart healthy.  It’s very filling and satisfying when added to a noodle dish.  The red pepper flakes add just the right amount of spice.  The skinny for each fiber rich serving, 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams fiber and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS It’s simple to make and simply amazing! Enjoy…

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes (including pasta)


Ingredients

6 ounces whole grain or whole wheat dry spaghetti

¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons peanut butter, I used natural, chunky

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoon ginger, from a jar, see shopping tip

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded or chopped, see shopping tip

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin bite-size pieces (1 cup)

3 green onions, bias-sliced into ½-inch pieces

2 tablespoons finely chopped peanuts (optional)


Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, combine soy sauce, broth, peanut butter, lime juice, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper.  Cook and stir over low heat until peanut butter melts.  Add chicken, red bell pepper and green onions.  Mix well and continue to cook until chicken is heated.  Add cooked pasta and toss to coat.

3. Divide among 4 plates.  If desired, garnish with chopped peanuts.

Makes 4 servings (~1½ cups each serving)


Healthy Benefits

Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats and can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. For the healthiest choice, look for brands that have no oil or sugar added.

This dish contains 7 grams of fiber, thanks to using whole grain noodles!


Shopping Tip
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Trader Joe’s sells packages of cooked, sliced or chopped chicken breasts that are really tasty.  If you buy a cooked chicken from the supermarket, be sure to remove the skin before chopping and adding to this dish.

Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.


Vegetarian Tip

Leave out the chicken and use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and this dish becomes a yummy vegetarian dish.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 6


Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 1½ cups) not including chopped peanuts
290 calories, 8g fat, 20g protein, 38g carbs, 7g fiber, 675mg sodium, 2g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving of Cosi Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles
1601 calories, 28g fat, 69g protein, 276g carbs, 912mg sodium, 12g fiber

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67 Responses to “Skinny Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles”

  1. Skinny Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles | | Healthy RecipesHealthy Recipes Says:

    [...] Click here for the full recipe! [...]

  2. Kristi Rimkus Says:

    I was just looking for a use for leftover steak – this is perfect!

  3. Erin Says:

    I made this for my family tonight and it was INCREDIBLE!! Very easy and everyone loved it. I doubled the recipe and had no problems, except next time I might use less red pepper flakes as it was quite spicy (personal preference). Will definitely be making this again!!! Thank you!

  4. Lisa Says:

    This looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  5. admin Says:

    I love to hear! Thanks so much Erin for the feedback.

  6. Spicy Peanut Pork and Noodles | The Reluctant Weight Watchers Foodie Says:

    [...] and Twitter and I finally get to share it! I was looking through my Google Reader foodie blogs and this tasty-looking recipe from Skinny Kitchen struck me right away as something I wanted to make. I wrote down the recipe and pocketed it so I [...]

  7. Diana Bourassa Says:

    Cooking this recipe now, the peanut sauce is very tasty

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks Diana…Enjoy!

  9. Diane Balch Says:

    All the flavor with less calories… thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  10. The Better Baker Says:

    I’m not kidding – that dish makes my mouth water! I LOVE Thai food, but have never made it before. This looks easy enough that I’m willing to try it. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Marsha. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for always hosting such a great link party!
    thebetterbaker.blogspot.com

  12. Robin Says:

    Wow! This looks so good, I’m going to have to try it. I am a new follower! I found your link on Flamingo Toes. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s @ http://www.FlusterBuster.com.

  13. admin Says:

    Welcome Robin! I’m so happy you found my site. I’d love to join you on Wednesday. See you then!

  14. The Reluctant Weight Watchers Foodie | Spicy Peanut Pork and Noodles Says:

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  15. admin Says:

    Angelia, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. I love your post and the photos look amazing! Thanks for sharing a link to my recipe.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Nancy

  16. Olivia Says:

    Made this recipe tonight…My whole family loved it…My sister and mom were so shocked when I told them that peanut butter was in it….Thanks so much just getting my life back together and my goals in line! Awesome website!

  17. admin Says:

    That’s so wonderful to hear Olivia! Thanks so much for letting me know.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Nancy

  18. Miz Helen Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    What a Great Chicken Thai dish, can’t wait to taste it! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. admin Says:

    My great pleasure Miz Helen. Thanks so much for hosting such a fun link party!
    mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/

  20. Melissa Says:

    I just gotta tell you – this is AMAZING!!! I was looking for weight watcher recipes – not to count the points but to find healthier options. This is definitely a keeper!I did double the sauce and I used pork instead of chicken. My husband even had seconds!

  21. admin Says:

    Wow Melissa. I’m thrilled you and you husband love this recipe! Thanks for letting me know.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  22. Jami Says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. :-) just out of curiosity, if I don’t use lime juice what kind of vinegar should I use? Has anyone made it with vinegar instead of lime juice?!?

  23. admin Says:

    Jami, I’d use just an apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar. Just don’t use a really strong one such as Balsamic or red wine vinegar for this recipe. I hope you like it! Have fun cooking.
    Best,
    Nancy

  24. Nola Says:

    I made this and it was so good! I loved it. I didn’t have lime juice so I used lemon juice and it was still tasty. Thanks for a great recipe!

  25. admin Says:

    Nola, thanks so much for your wonderful feedback! I’m sure lemon juice did taste just fine.
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  26. Jodi Stuber Says:

    This looks delish…pinning for later.
    Stopping by from gingersnap

  27. admin Says:

    Thanks Jodi for pinning! Much appreciated.
    Best wishes,
    Nancy

  28. Tristan Lindsay Says:

    I am sooooo going to try this recipe!

  29. admin Says:

    Great Lindsey…I hope you enjoy it!

  30. Skinny Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles with Weight Watchers Points | Skinny Kitchen | recipes for food and sweet | Scoop.it Says:

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  31. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe…It’s one of my very favorites!
    With best wishes,
    Nancy

  32. Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party – Week 79 | Six Sisters' Stuff Says:

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  33. Kristen Says:

    This looks amazing! A copycat of my favorite Smart Ones meal. Can’t wait to try cooking it at home (and healthier I’m sure)! I think carrots would be a tasty addition too. Thanks so much for posting! :)

  34. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Kristen! I agree, carrots would taste really good in this recipe. Enjoy!
    All the best,
    nancy

  35. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor Says:

    Mmm…looks fantastic! Great tip on the ginger…I didn’t realize it could be purchased that way.

  36. admin Says:

    Thanks Kristi. I always have a jar in my fridge. Really comes in handy since I make so many Asian dishes!
    Thanks so much for hosting your link party each week! http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com

  37. Cindy Says:

    Hi! We made this tonight and the hubs and I LOVED IT! We made a little homemade egg drop soup with the leftover low sodium broth for a super low cal and low point side. It was great! I worked up the points and used my fitness pal to cross check calories and we got it as nine points not 7. Maybe I used something a little different or more chicken. Either way, it fit into our eating plans! Thanks for such a delicious, healthy, and easy recipe! I will definitely start following your blog!

  38. admin Says:

    Cindy, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. I’m so happy you and your hubby loved this recipe. I love the idea of serving it with a low cal egg drop soup.
    Also, I’m not sure why you got 9 points instead of 7. I just re-calculated the skinny facts and points. The points plus is still 7. Hmm…I not sure why our points are different. Maybe you did add more chicken.

    Have fun skinny cooking!
    Wishing you all the best,
    Nancy

  39. Maria Says:

    It’s okay to use fresh ginger, right? I never buy the jar.

  40. admin Says:

    You sure can Maria. Enjoy!

  41. Rick Combs Says:

    Sounds like an amazing dish – can’t wait to try it! Do you have a specific brand of peanut butter you recommend?

  42. admin Says:

    Rick, I like Trader Joe’s chunky, unsalted peanut butter. Or, look for one at your supermarket that’s all natural in creamy or chunky.
    I hope you enjoy this dish!

  43. Diane Balch Says:

    The flavor looks incredible in this simple fast recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  44. admin Says:

    So sweet…Thanks Diane!

  45. Lisa B. Says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! It was a win, win all around. I finally have a recipe the whole family loves and it’s low in WW points. I will definitely be sharing your website at my next WW meeting!

  46. admin Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback Lisa! How great that your entire family enjoyed it too!
    And, thanks for sharing it at your next meeting!
    Best of luck to you on Weight Watchers,
    Nancy

  47. Dave Ruel Says:

    Delicious! I invited my girlfriend to dinner. I cook this recipe. She loved it! thank you very much

  48. admin Says:

    Thanks for your great feedback Dave. What a nice boyfriend you are!
    All the best to you,
    Nancy

  49. Nancy M Says:

    My family loves, loves, loves this recipe!!!! My 12 year old requests this recipe weekly :)

    Thanks again for another great recipe :)

  50. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing Nancy. I’m so thrilled your son loves this one!
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  51. Sheryl Says:

    Very excited to try this! Love anything with noodles/pasta. Ah, a weakness, I guess, but this one is healthy and lite…thank you.

  52. admin Says:

    A weakness of mine too Sheryl but with whole grain noodles you get a lot of fiber…Enjoy!

  53. Lori Bernier Says:

    Made this tonight and it was delicious and so easy. Thanks once again for the healthy recipes Nancy they have really helped my husband and I on our weight loss journey.

  54. admin Says:

    Lori, It warms my heart to hear it. Wishing you and your husband all the best.
    With my warmest regards,
    Nancy

  55. Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party - Week 79 | Six Sisters' Stuff Says:

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  56. Kitty Says:

    Wow, excellent, and so healthy with the whole grain pasta, chicken breast and veggies. I can easily see putting in more/other veggies — mushrooms maybe. Please don’t cringe, Nancy or anyone else who reads this, but I truly felt the need to sprinkle in just a teeny bit of Splenda. Because we’re using natural peanut butter, which has no sugar, I thought the sauce was a bit on the — what should I call it — savory, even sour side. Some people may like that taste, but I needed to blunt that just a bit. I shook some in, but it couldn’t have been more than 1 teaspoon. To me, anyway, that softened the flavor just a bit. Your mileage may vary!

  57. admin Says:

    It does depend on what peanut butter you use and I bet it did taste yummy good with a small amount of Splenda.
    Thanks for sharing Kitty!

  58. The Ninja Baker Says:

    Thank you for sharing your scrumptious Thai creation at the Noodle Party. Love delicious, do-able and guilt-free recipes =)

  59. admin Says:

    Such a fun theme party. Thanks!

  60. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day! LOVE the combination!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Nothing but Noodles Pasta party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  61. admin Says:

    Such a fun party theme Joanne. Thanks again for hosting!

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  63. admin Says:

    I’m so excited to see you chose my Skinny Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles for your favorite.
    THANK YOU!!! It was such a yummy themed party. Thanks so much again for hosting it!
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  64. Manou Says:

    Oh wow delicious ! Seriously 7 points, I almost feel guilty eating it ^^ Will make again and again :)

  65. admin Says:

    I’m so happy to hear it Manou. thank you!

  66. Manou Says:

    Your welcome, oh and just remade it ;)

  67. admin Says:

    Yeah! You made my day Manou!

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