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Sweet & Spicy Hot Chili Chicken Noodles with Basil

Delicious hot chili chicken noodles tossed in an easy, flavorful meat sauce. These sweet & spicy chicken noodles are packed with protein and seriously better than takeout! Top your bowl with fresh basil, roasted nuts and red pepper flakes for an extra kick of heat.

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Keyword hot chili chicken noodles, spicy chicken noodles, spicy chicken ramen noodles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 473 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tablespoons hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cup water
  • 10 ounces ramen noodles (spaghetti, fettuccine or rice noodles will also work)
  • For serving:
  • Fresh chopped basil (I recommend basil ribbons on top!)
  • Chopped roasted cashews or peanuts (honey roasted is delicious!)*
  • Extra red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Add sesame oil to a large pot and place over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken to the pot and season generously with salt and pepper. Brown the meat and break up into medium-sized chunks; cooking for about 5 minutes or until nice and golden underneath. Next, add in ginger, garlic, coconut sugar to the chicken and continue to cook about 4-5 minutes longer or until meat is almost all the way cooked, breaking up into smaller chunks as you cook it.
  2. Once meat is cooked, stir in tomato paste, fresh chopped basil and hot chili paste for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then add in the soy sauce, rice vinegar and water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook uncovered, stirring every so often until sauce begins to thicken. This should take about 30 minutes.
  3. While the sauce cooks, you can make your pasta: cook pasta until al dente according to directions on the package. Once pasta is done, drain, then add back to the pot with the meat sauce (once it is done cooking!) and stir well to allow the meat to coat the noodles. Divide noodles into bowls and garnish with LOTS of basil ribbons, chopped cashews/peanuts extra red pepper flakes, if desired. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to omit the nuts to keep the dish nut free.

To make vegetarian/vegan: feel free to use crumbled tofu in place of the ground chicken in this recipe.

To make gluten free: use your favorite gluten free noodles or gluten free stir fry rice noodles.

How to store: store any leftover spicy chicken noodles in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. To reheat simply do so in a microwave safe dish.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet & Spicy Hot Chili Chicken Noodles with Basil
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 473 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.1g19%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Carbohydrates 63.4g21%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 4.1g5%
Protein 28.5g57%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.