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Chicken Dan-Dan Noodles

Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Total time 35 mins

Serves 4

Welcome to our easy version of this Sichuan street-food classic, with ground chicken instead of pork, and fresh vegetables rather than preserved Chinese ones. A dan-dan is the pole, balanced on the shoulder, that vendors use to tote containers of noodles and sauce.


  • 1/2 pound fresh, thin Chinese-style egg noodles (chow mein)* or dried chow mein
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 pound ground chicken
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons creamy old-fashioned peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Asian chili garlic sauce, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili oil, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into slivers
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 604
  • caloriesfromfat 49 %
  • protein 31 g
  • fat 33 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • carbohydrate 48 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • sodium 876 mg
  • cholesterol 73 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles, stir to separate, and cook until very tender, 5 to 8 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. Meanwhile, thoroughly mix ginger, garlic, cornstarch, soy sauce, and chicken in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together broth, peanut butter, vinegar, chili garlic sauce, chili oil, and sesame oil.

  3. Heat a large (not nonstick) frying pan over high heat and swirl in canola oil. Add green onions and chicken mixture, stirring to break up the meat, until chicken is lightly browned and no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add bell peppers and stir for 1 minute. Add chicken broth mixture; stir until slightly thickened, 2 minutes.

  4. Add snow peas and noodles to pan. With tongs, toss just until snow peas are brighter green and noodles are well combined and heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup peanuts and toss. Top with more green onions and remaining peanuts, and serve with more chili garlic sauce and chili oil.

  5. *Look for fresh or dried Chinese-style egg noodles at well-stocked supermarkets or Asian markets.

  6. Wine pairing: A slightly off-dry white such as Zocker 2013 Paragon Vineyard Riesling (Edna Valley; $20), with vibrant florals that tame the heat. --Sara Schneider