Kung Pao Noodles

Spicy kung pao noodles are a cinch to whip up in just 20 minutes with the best sweet and spicy kung pao sauce. Easily add chicken, shrimp, or beef to amp this side up to a full meal. 

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I’ve been borderline obsessed with spicy food since I was a kid. I’d say since I was little but, well I’m 5’3 and I think that probably still qualifies as “little” so it’s important to emphasize that I’m referring to a time when I was much younger than I am now. At six or seven years old I was asking the waiter for extra chili sauce on the side, please. It stuck with me. I still prefer spicy to any other food profile.

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This kung pao noodle dish isn’t overly spicy (unless you want it to be. do you? you do. add more chili paste. okay good). I’d say it’s the perfect blend of sweet and heat and wrapped into one flavor-bursting saucy noodle dish. I wrote this recipe to be a side dish, something to go along with all of my favorite Asian entrees.

BUT, that being said, it’s so easy to add chicken, shrimp, or beef to this dish and call it a full meal. Or, go vegetarian (aka: meatless because some of us meat-lovers get confused when the word vegetarian is involved). This quick and simple 20 minute recipe will become a staple in your kitchen.

By the way, I’m sharing five other amazing, easy weeknight dinners over at Delish.com this week! Be sure to check them out!!

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What people are saying about these Kung Pao Nooodles

“Made this today, added some thin sliced chicken breast. Super easy and super delicious, already looking forward to leftovers.” – Greg

“Made this tonight. The flavor was phenomenal! Going on the regular meal rotation at our house! I went on the lower end of the chili paste recommendation (2tbs for my double batch of sauce) and it was perfectly spicy for us.” – Brooke

“This is awesome!! Husband and i both loVed it! Will definitely haVE again soon and so easy!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!” – Mona

“I’ve made this twice this week, because the hubby loved it and wanted it again. The first time I made it with chicken meatballs and veggie noodles. The second I did it with beef strips, steamed veggies, and rice. Both times it was fabulous. Will be making again Soon as it is a new fam fav. I would suggest to add corn starch to the ingredients list, I’m glad i read the instructions so i knew to buy it as well.” – Ashley

 

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Kung Pao Noodles

Spicy kung pao noodles are a cinch to whip up in just 20 minutes with the best sweet and spicy kung pao sauce. Easily add chicken, shrimp, or beef to amp this side up up to a full meal.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine noodles
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili paste (found in the Asian section of most grocery stores)
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 green onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Cook noodles according to package's instructions. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and chili paste and bring to a boil.

  3. In a small bowl whisk together cold water and corn starch. Stir into skillet and bring back to a boil, then reduce to medium low heat.

  4. Stir noodles, peanuts, and green onions into the sauce. Serve immediately.

 

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Easy, awesome, thank you!

Yum!-Laurel Bledsoe

If you were going to add shrimp…at what point would you add…and would it be precooked?

    I would stir in at the same time as the sauce, if the shrimp is thawed they’ll only need 3-5 minutes to become pink and cooked through. 🙂

It’s ok, I’m still “little” too haha. This looks delicious; looking forward to trying it!

    You get me. haha!!!

YUM! I love spicy foods, too. This dish looks delish!

Made this today, added some thin sliced chicken breast cooked in sesame oil, soy sauce and a bit of Chile paste. Super easy and super delicious, already looking forward to leftovers.

Made this tonight. The flavor was phenomenal! I doubled the sauce, added some bite sized chicken breast that I sauteed with olive oil and garlic powder and used 4 1/2 packs of cooked ramen noodles instead of regular pasta. So delicious and going on the regular meal rotation at our house! I went on the lower end of the chili paste recommendation (2tbs for my double batch of sauce) and it was perfectly spicy for us.

I never thought Kung Pao noodles could be so straightforward to make until I saw this recipe, thank you!

I will cut back on the vinegar next time

I used regular soy sauce and thought this dish was extremely salty. Flavors were good though…I’ll have to try this again with low sodium soy sauce and see how it turns out.

This is awesome!! Husband and i both loVed it! Will definitely haVE again soon and so easy!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

Should I use raw Peanuts?

great recipes

Ive made this twice this week, because the hubby loved it and wanted it again. The first time i made it with chicken meatballs and veggie noodles. The second i did it with beef strips, steamed veggies, and rice. Both times it was fabulous. Will be making again Soon as it is a new fam fav. I would suggest to add corn starch to the ingredients list, im glad i read the instructions so i knew to buy it as well.

    So happy to hear that you and your husband love this dish, Ashley! Both ways you prepared it sounds delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

Super delicious! I added chicken and it turned out amazing!

    That sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing, Sabrina! 🙂

Enjoying this as I type 🙂 Followed the recipe to tHe T, And its restuarant quality. The only change i will make next time is to reduce the vinegar to just 2 spoons, otherwise this is very good.

    So happy to hear that you love it!! Thanks for sharing, Sakina!

YUM! I tired this & WOW! I did not have any spaghetti noodles, so had to use the bigger thai noodles. but, Zowie! My next go to meal!!! thank you!

    I am happy to hear that it turned out great with the thai noodles! Glad you loved it!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Can the sauce be made ahead of time? How is this reheated? Tyvm!

    Hi Mel- yes, the sauce can be made ahead of time! I would reheat them either in the microwave or on the stove!

This was so salty I had to throw it out! Is something missing from the recipe?

unless I missed something…one star is too high

    Hi Rex- sorry to hear that you didn’t have a great experience with this recipe! Was the soy sauce that you were using by chance low sodium? Often times when people do not use a low sodium soy sauce their dish becomes very salty! I recommend making sure you use a low sodium soy next time. I always use low sodium soy sauce! Hopefully you can either tweak this to suit your liking or find something else here that you absolutely love!

One of our favorite dishes is KunG PaO. Recipe is easy to follow but it was WAY, Way, Way too salty!! I Used regular soy sauce. would recommend using low sodIum soy sauce.

We love Kung pao and this recipe was easy to Make. Bit it was way, Way too salty!!! Should say low sodium soy sauce! Had to teeak it with suGar!!

    Thanks for your feedback!