Photo: Caleb Chancey, Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4

Using the cilantro stems for the base of the sauce (instead of throwing them in the trash) is a flavorful way to stretch a buck or two. If you can't find skin-on boneless chicken thighs, purchase bone-in and bone them yourself or have the butcher do so.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Heat a large stainless steel skillet over high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken, skin side down; cook 3 minutes or until skin begins to brown. Remove chicken from pan. Pour oil into a small bowl; reserve oil. Return chicken to pan, skin side down. Place pan in oven; bake chicken at 425° for 4 minutes. Turn chicken over, skin side up, and bake an additional 2 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan; place on a cutting board. Let chicken stand, skin side up, 10 minutes. Cut chicken into slices; keep warm.

Step 3

Cook the noodles according to package directions, and drain. Sprinkle noodles with 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss well to combine.

Step 4

Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, cilantro, and next 5 ingredients (through chiles) in a food processor, and process until well blended.

Step 5

Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add reserved oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add squash, bok choy, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté for 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in soy sauce. Divide noodle mixture evenly among 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1/2 cup squash mixture, 1 chicken thigh, and 2 lime wedges. Drizzle the sauce evenly over servings.

Ratings & Reviews


May 08, 2015
This recipe was OK, but I was expecting it to be great. (Should have read what other reviewers had to say before trying it!)   I de-boned bone in/skin on chicken thighs (it's not hard - go ahead and try it!) and also used cilantro stems and leaves. My biggest complaint is 4 ounces of pasta? Really? The recipe says it feeds 4 people - an ounce per person?  My husband and I ate it all.  He added peanuts and sriracha to his and declared it great.

rayoung5's Review

July 06, 2013
I read the other reeviews and used the cilantro leaves rather than the stems. I thought it was delicious with the addition of Siracha sauce. I squeezed a lot of the lime wedge over it first before digging in as it seemed to help the flavors. If I make it again, I will probably spice up the chicken a little with some garlic to add some flavor. Will definitely make it again.

ss1012's Review

June 19, 2013

kayjackson's Review

February 23, 2013
I wish I'd read the reviews before making this dish. My husband was really intrigued, so even though I'm not a fan of rice noodles, helped him make it. I wish I could see a version that was not intended to be made on the cheap. The cilantro stems were hard to get processed so there were stems in the sauce and it was not very flavorful. I think the cilantro leaves would have helped a lot, plus added garlic. We used two large jalapenos, so it had a good bit of heat, but the rest of it was not so tasty. The chicken was greasy. I'm not a fan of this dish. Surprising for a CL recipe.

ash12203's Review

February 15, 2013
This recipe needs to be spiced up a lot more. We doubled the ginger and garlic and it still lacked flavor. We also added an extra Thai Chile which provided a good amount of heat. I probably won't make this again.

guinness4029's Review

February 01, 2013
I think this would better be called Boring Noodles and Chicken Bowl. Nothing fiery about it. And if you don't have a butcher in your grocery store, good luck finding boneless chicken thighs with skin, if you don't know how to debone thighs while keeping skin on. It was bland. It was disappointing. It is something we won't be having again.

thisgoodink's Review

January 21, 2013
I liked the picture and the idea, but the end result was pretty bland, even though I doubled the number of chilies and the amount salt. None of the components went together very well.

beezer825's Review

January 02, 2013
This recipe looks so good and the ingredient list would lend one to believe it would be rather tastey...What a bummer, tasted like nothing, it was very bland. We added lots of Sriacha and still was not very good. I love cooking light and usually recipes are wonderful, but this one was way off the mark. Will not be making again. :(

Lrichards797's Review

December 08, 2012

jdipaolo's Review

November 22, 2012
As the recipe stands, I give it 3 out of 5, but I added lime juice, fish sauce and rice vinegar which gave it the desperate balance it needed. With these extra ingredients, it's a 5 of 5. Be sure to remove the seeds from the chile peppers.