Fresh Kimchi Spring Rolls

These creamy, tangy, and spicy kimchi spring rolls are the ultimate cold appetizer for any party or potluck!

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When I opened my former restaurant, AVO, in Nashville, I knew this Kimchi Spring Roll appetizer would make it onto the menu. Not only did it make it onto the menu (and it’s still on the menu with a new chef at the helm and under new ownership!) but it was our best-selling item. The flavor balancing act is perfectly executed in the kimchi filling, so if you follow this recipe to a T, you will be the star at the next book club or potluck you attend, I promise!

overhead view of kimchi spring rolls on a platter with a bowl of sauce in the middle.

What Are FRESH KIMCHI SPRING Rolls?

This recipe is the ultimate crowd-pleaser, whether you’re typically a fan of kimchi or not. Who doesn’t love a fresh spring roll?! The spicy, tangy, creamy filling in a soft wrapping is a great bite to share when you have company over and the filling alone makes a great healthy topping on salad in place of the same old tuna salad. The flavors and textures balance so perfectly in this one.

My original recipe uses raw cashews instead of peanuts, but subbing the peanuts totally worked; they are a great budget-friendly substitute. The sauce packs a flavor punch as well but lets the kimchi filling really shine. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. This one’s near and dear to my little veggie-loving heart!

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make these fresh kimchi spring rolls:

  • Dipping Sauce: A sweet, savory, and tangy combination of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, sriracha, green onion, garlic, and fresh ginger.
  • Kimchi: This gut-friendly, probiotic-packed superfood is tangy, spicy, and a little bit sour. Opt for a mild kimchi if you’re not a fan of spice.
  • Peanuts: Roasted unsalted peanuts work perfectly in place of my original cashews to create a thick and creamy filling.
  • Peanut Butter: Enhances the peanut flavor and helps create a creamy filling.
  • Maple Syrup: Adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the spiciness and richness of the filling.
  • Sesame Oil: Toasted sesame oil adds a hint of nuttiness to the filling.
  • Veggies: Bell peppers, carrots, and cucumber make up the fresh and crunchy veggie filling of these spring rolls.
  • Lettuce: Green leaf lettuce helps create a barrier between the saucy filling and the spring roll wrappers.
  • Spring Roll Wrappers: Also called “rice paper wrappers,” these light and translucent wrappers are dry and firm until you soak them. Then, they become pliable and will stay chewy and soft.

What’s the Difference Between A SPRING ROLL, A SUMMER ROLL, and An Egg Roll?

While all these tasty bites are wrapped and rolled, spring rolls may be fresh, baked, or deep fried, where summer rolls are always served cold. An egg roll is a variation on a spring roll that is made with dough that has been enriched with eggs, typically fried. Technically, these fresh kimchi spring rolls could also called a summer roll. They are so refreshing!

Summer Roll Tips

  • You don’t need to use all of the spring roll wrappers… just keep rolling until all filling ingredients are gone!
  • Don’t overfill your spring rolls. Trying to pack in too much filling will surely make a mess!
  • Try to make a bed with the veggies and lettuce for the kimchi filling to lay on top of so your rice paper can firm up.
  • They are less likely to tear if the finished spring rolls touch if you sprinkle some sesame seeds on the sides. The rice paper remains sticky for a few minutes after rolling.
  • The spring rolls don’t keep particularly well for more than a day, but any extra kimchi filling and veggies will take any salad to the next level!
holding a kimchi spring roll to show the filling.
overhead view of kimchi spring rolls on a platter with a bowl of sauce in the middle.
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Fresh Kimchi Spring Rolls

These creamy, tangy, and fresh kimchi spring rolls are the ultimate chilled appetizer for any party or potluck!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Total Cost $15.26 recipe / $1.90 serving
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 (1 spring roll each)
Calories 377kcal

Ingredients

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce $0.26
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar $1.44
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil $0.32
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha $0.25
  • 1 minced green onion $0.10
  • 1 minced garlic clove $0.05
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated $0.15

Summer Roll Veggies + Kimchi Filling:

  • 1 cup kimchi $2.99
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts $1.24
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter $0.12
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup $0.31
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil $0.64
  • 2 bell peppers, julienned $2.96
  • 2 carrots, julienned $0.18
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and julienned $0.82
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, cut into 2-inch pieces $1.97

To assemble:

  • 1 package spring roll rice paper wrappers $1.46

Instructions

  • Combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sriracha, grated ginger, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Whisk together and stream sesame oil in very slowly while whisking to emulsify. Stir in green onions and set dipping sauce aside.
  • Add kimchi, peanuts, peanut butter, maple, and toasted sesame oil to a food processor.
  • Pulse until a thick, chunky, well-combined paste forms. Texture is a good thing, so don’t process it to the point of being smooth. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Julienne bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, and cut green leaf lettuce into 2 inch pieces.
  • Fill a shallow cookie sheet with warm water next to a clean cutting board or other suitable, clean work surface.
  • Dip the edible spring roll wrapper in the shallow warm water until soft and pliable, but not overly mushy.
  • Transfer to your clean work surface and carefully fill the spring roll wrapper with lettuce on the bottom, a 1-2 Tablespoon scoop of kimchi filling in the middle, a few julienned veggies and another piece of lettuce on top.**
  • Gently wrap each spring roll, tucking in the sides to keep all of the filling from falling out.
  • Sprinkle each spring roll with sesame seeds (optional, but they add a nice texture and help keep the finished rolls from sticking together and tearing.)
  • Repeat steps 5-8 until all of your filling is used up.
  • Serve fresh kimchi spring rolls cut in half with dipping sauce. Enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Notes

*If you are vegan, make sure to check that the kimchi you are buying does not list fish as an ingredient. If you are not vegan, no worries!
**Don’t let the kimchi filling touch the spring roll paper. It won’t firm up and is more likely to tear or stay mushy. You want the spring roll/rice paper wrapper to firm up as the finished spring rolls sit out for a bit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1summer roll | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 1008mg | Fiber: 4g
side view of kimchi spring rolls on a platter with a bowl of sauce in the middle.

how to make FRESH Kimchi SPRING Rolls – step by step photos

dipping sauce in a white bowl.

Combine the 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar, 1 Tbsp sriracha, 1 inch of peeled and grated ginger, and 1 minced clove of garlic in a mixing bowl. Whisk together and stream 1 Tbsp sesame oil in very slowly while whisking to emulsify. Stir in 1 minced green onion and set dipping sauce aside.

kimchi, peanuts, peanut butter, and oil in a food processor.

Add 1 cup kimchi, 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, 2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 Tbsp maple, and 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil to a food processor.

kimchi filling in a food processor.

Pulse until a thick, chunky, well-combined paste forms. Texture is a good thing, so don’t process it to the point of being smooth. Set aside in the fridge.

julienned veggies and lettuce on a cutting board.

Julienne 2 bell peppers, 2 carrots, 1 cucumber, and cut 1 head of green leaf lettuce into 2-inch pieces.

dipping rice paper in water.

Fill a shallow cookie sheet with warm water next to a clean cutting board or other suitable, clean work surface. Dip the edible spring roll wrapper in the shallow warm water until soft and pliable, but not overly mushy.

filling a rice paper wrapper with kimchi and veggies.

Then, fill the spring roll wrapper with lettuce on the bottom, a 1-2 Tablespoon scoop of kimchi filling in the middle, a few julienned veggies and another piece of lettuce on top.*

rolling a kimchi spring roll.

Gently wrap each spring roll, tucking in the sides to keep all of the filling from falling out.

kimchi spring rolls on a cutting board.

Sprinkle each spring roll with sesame seeds (optional, but they add a nice texture and help keep the summer rolls from sticking together and tearing.) Repeat steps 5-8 until all of your filling is used up. Serve spring rolls cut in half with dipping sauce. Enjoy!

dipping a kimchi spring roll into a vat of sauce in the center of a platter.

These fresh kimchi spring rolls were a smash hit at AVO for a reason, and I’m confident this budget-friendly version will be a hit for you at home as well!

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Crispy Tofu & Eggplant Lettuce Wraps

Tofu and eggplant just teamed up to create one EPIC appetizer, friends! These lettuce wraps feature SUPER flavorful crispy tofu and caramelized eggplant with fresh, crunchy veggies, vibrant herbs, and a savory-sweet sesame dipping sauce. If you’re thin…

Crispy Tofu & Eggplant Lettuce Wraps

Tofu and eggplant just teamed up to create one EPIC appetizer, friends! These lettuce wraps feature SUPER flavorful crispy tofu and caramelized eggplant with fresh, crunchy veggies, vibrant herbs, and a savory-sweet sesame dipping sauce. If you’re thinking WOW now, just wait until the first bite!

These 10-ingredient flavor miracles make a crowd-pleasing appetizer for four or light spring or summer meal for two. Let’s get to it!

We’ve done tofu lettuce wraps before, but this time eggplant joins in on the fun!

Crispy Tofu & Eggplant Lettuce Wraps from Minimalist Baker →

Chicken Stir Fry

This Chicken Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a quick & easy dinner meal. It has lots of chicken and veggies and a super delicious stir-fry sauce!

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We’re taking the stress out of worrying about “what’s for dinner” this week and making this quick and easy Chicken Stir Fry recipe. It includes lots of chicken, tons of veggies, and THEE best sweet and savory stir fry sauce! It’s also perfect for using up vegetables that you already have on hand in your fridge or freezer. Not only is it great to add to your weekly dinner rotation, but it also makes a lot, so it’s perfect for meal prep! #winning

Overhead view of chicken stir fry in a large skillet with sliced green onions on the side.

Why I Love Stir Fry Recipes

I make stir fry recipes quite often because it helps take away the mental stress of worrying about what to cook for dinner. They’re quick, easy to make, and super versatile so you can always switch things up. Just pick your favorite protein, a mix of vegetables, make a yummy stir fry sauce, and dinner is ready in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients For Chicken Stir Fry

Here’s what we used to make this easy chicken stir fry recipe:

  • Chicken Breasts: I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but if your budget is tight, you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead.
  • Vegetables: This is where you can really be flexible. I used a combination of broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, and onion for this stir fry. But feel free to choose different vegetables based on your budget, what’s in season, or what’s in your fridge. Sometimes I’ll use just one or two vegetables because that’s what I currently have on hand. Some other great veggie options are green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, snap peas, or different color bell peppers. 
  • Stir Fry Sauce: A good stir fry sauce will definitely bring the entire dish together. I used our same stir fry sauce from our Vegetable Stir Fry recipe as a base, because it’s sooo good, increased the measurements slightly to make it extra saucy, and added a touch of sriracha sauce for just a little kick!

Stir-Fry Recipe Tips

  1. Make the stir fry sauce first. Stir fry recipes cook fast, so you want the sauce to be ready when it’s time to add it to the skillet.
  2. Use a big wok or very large skillet. In order for all of the chicken and vegetables to fit in the skillet with enough space to cook fairly evenly, you’ll want to use a big wok or large skillet. We used a 12-inch skillet for this recipe. 
  3. Don’t overcook the vegetables. You want the vegetables to just be tender-crisp and vibrantly colored. You can always cook them a little longer once the sauce is added at the end, but if you cook them too long in the first steps you’ll end up with limp vegetables that are a drab color.

What To Serve With Chicken Stir Fry

You can easily serve this chicken stir fry with a side of brown or white rice or give our Coconut Rice a try! And if you really want the full take-out experience, whip up some of our Vegetable Fried Rice to serve on the side.

Storing Leftovers

This chicken stir fry recipe stores very well in the fridge and works great for meal prep! You can make it on Sunday, divide it into equal portions, then store in meal prep containers along with your rice. This dish will stay good in the refrigerator for about four days.

Overhead view of a plate of chicken stir fry with white rice and a fork serving some out.
Overhead view of chicken stir fry in a large skillet with sliced green onions on the side.
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Chicken Stir Fry

This Chicken Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a quick & easy dinner meal. It has lots of chicken and veggies and a super delicious stir-fry sauce!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
Total Cost $10.55 recipe / $1.76 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 (about 1 cup each)
Calories 198kcal

Ingredients

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce $0.44
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar $0.12
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.20
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger $0.20
  • 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch $0.08
  • 1/3 cup water $0.00
  • 1 tsp sriracha $0.05

Stir Fry

  • 3/4 lb. broccoli 1.75
  • 2 carrots $0.31
  • 1 red bell pepper $1.33
  • 1 small onion $0.32
  • 2 green onions $0.22
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lb. total) $5.25
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil, divided $0.12

Instructions

  • Start by making the stir fry sauce. Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, toasted sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sriracha, cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Set the sauce aside.
  • Chop the broccoli into small florets. Slice the red bell pepper, onion, and carrots into similar sized pieces. Slice the green onions. Set all the vegetables aside.
  • Next, cut the chicken breasts into small 1/2 inch sized pieces.
  • Heat a very large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot add 2 Tbsp of cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Be careful not to overcook the chicken. Once the chicken is browned, remove it from the skillet onto a separate plate and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of cooking oil along with the carrots and broccoli. Cook and stir for one minute, or just until the broccoli begins to turn bright green.
  • Next, add the red bell pepper and onion to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Give the stir fry sauce another brief stir. Now add the cooked chicken back to the skillet, then pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Give everything a stir and allow the sauce to come up to a simmer, at which point it will start to thicken and turn glossy. Continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes or until it has reached your desired doneness.
  • Remove the chicken stir fry from the heat, top with green onions and sesame seeds (optional) and serve!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 819mg | Fiber: 3g
Side close up view of chicken stir fry in a skillet.

How to Make Chicken Stir Fry – Step by Step Photos

Chicken Stir Fry Sauce in a small bowl.

Start by making the stir fry sauce. Combine the 1/3 cup soy sauce, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tsp grated fresh ginger, 1 tsp sriracha, 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch and 1/3 cup water in a small bowl. Set the sauce aside.

Chicken Stir Fry vegetables chopped on a cutting board.

Chop 3/4 lb. of broccoli into small florets. Slice 1 red bell pepper, 1 small yellow onion, and 2 carrots into similar sized pieces. Slice 2 green onions. Set the vegetables aside.

Chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces on a cutting board.

Cut 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into small 1/2 inch sized pieces.

Cooked chicken breast pieces in a skillet.

Heat a very large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot add 2 Tbsp of cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Be careful not to overcook the chicken. Once chicken is browned, remove it from the skillet onto a separate plate and set aside.

Broccoli and carrots being sautéed in a skillet.

In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of cooking oil along with the carrots and broccoli. Cook and stir for one minute, or just until the broccoli begins to turn bright green.

Peppers and onions added to a skillet with broccoli and carrots.

Next, add the red bell pepper and onion to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir for 1-2 more minutes.

Cooked chicken and stir fry sauce being added to vegetables in a skillet.

Give the stir fry sauce another brief stir. Now add the cooked chicken back to the skillet, then pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Give everything a stir and allow the sauce to come up to a simmer, at which point it will start to thicken and turn glossy. Continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes or until it has reached your desired doneness.

Finished chicken stir fry in a skillet.

Remove the chicken stir fry from the heat, top with green onions and sesame seeds (optional) and dinner is served!

Chicken stir fry on a plate with white rice and a fork serving some out.

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Crispy Kimchi Rice Fritters (Vegan + GF)

Spicy, crispy fritters in just 30 minutes? Tell us more! These Korean-inspired fritters give leftover rice a new spice on life and pack in some tangy, probiotic-rich goodness from kimchi at the same time. And when you top them with a creamy sriracha sa…

Crispy Kimchi Rice Fritters (Vegan + GF)

Spicy, crispy fritters in just 30 minutes? Tell us more! These Korean-inspired fritters give leftover rice a new spice on life and pack in some tangy, probiotic-rich goodness from kimchi at the same time. And when you top them with a creamy sriracha sauce? Oh MY, they’re good, friends! 

These fritters are the ultimate comforting side paired with your favorite protein or alongside other Korean-inspired recipes (including two new ones coming soon!).

Crispy Kimchi Rice Fritters (Vegan + GF) from Minimalist Baker →

Peanut Noodles with Chicken

These Peanut Noodles with Chicken are an easy meal with a rich, creamy, sweet, and savory flavor that is completely addictive.

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Are you looking for a quick, creamy, lusciously rich, and easy dinner? I got you. These Peanut Noodles with Chicken are straight-up addictive with their sweet-savory-spicy-rich sauce and tender chunks of chicken breast. Plus, the whole recipe comes together in a cinch, so this is a great last-minute meal for those days when you just need something easy and GOOD. I think you’re going to love this one!

Overhead view of peanut noodles with chicken in a skillet with tongs.

What Are Peanut Noodles

This dish features noodles (any kind) and small bites of tender chicken breast drenched in a creamy sauce that’s inspired by Thai peanut sauce. The sauce is a rich mix of creamy coconut milk, savory peanut butter, spicy sriracha sauce, fresh garlic and ginger, a little soy sauce and brown sugar, and a splash of lime juice to keep everything bright. This easy sauce is absolutely divine and you’re going to want to spoon it over everything!

Can I Sub the Chicken?

Absolutely! If you’re not a chicken fan you can easily substitute it with shrimp, cubed tofu, or even just leave it out and enjoy the noodles plain. It’s all about that sauce, anyway. ;)

What to Serve with Peanut Noodles

I would consider these peanut noodles a meal in and of themselves, but if you’re a side dish kind of person I would suggest pairing these rich noodles with something super light. Try Sesame Cucumber Salad, Sesame Slaw, or Roasted Broccoli Salad with Almonds.

How Are the Leftovers?

This dish is definitely the best when eaten right away because the creamy, luscious sauce tends to get soaked up by the noodles when it’s stored in the refrigerator. That being said, I probably wouldn’t turn down a plate of these noodles after reheating, but I also wouldn’t expect them to be as saucy and creamy. So if you’re big on texture making a half batch might be a better option than counting on eating the leftovers.

Peanut noodles on a plate with a fork twirled in the noodles.
Close up overhead view of peanut noodles in the skillet with tongs.
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Peanut Noodles with Chicken

These Peanut Noodles with Chicken are an easy meal with a rich, creamy, sweet, and savory flavor that is completely addictive.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Thai
Total Cost $9.20 recipe / $2.30 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 727kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup smooth natural-style peanut butter $0.40
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha $0.23
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.08
  • 1 fresh lime (2 Tbsp juice) $0.59
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce $0.06
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger $0.10
  • 1 13.5oz. can coconut milk $2.99
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) $3.33
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 8 oz. noodles* $0.89
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts $0.19
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro $0.22

Instructions

  • Prepare the peanut sauce first. In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sriracha, brown sugar, soy sauce, 2 Tbsp lime juice, soy sauce, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  • Add the coconut milk to the peanut sauce and whisk until smooth again.
  • Cut the chicken breast into small ½ to 1-inch sized pieces.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Once hot, add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Be careful not to overcook the chicken.
  • Add the prepared peanut sauce into the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low, and stir to dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet. Let the chicken simmer in the sauce over low, stirring occasionally, while you cook the noodles.
  • Cook your noodles according to the package directions, then drain in a colander.
  • Add the cooked and drained noodles to the skillet with the peanut sauce and chicken. Toss until everything is evenly mixed and coated in sauce.
  • Top the noodles with chopped peanuts and cilantro, then enjoy!

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Notes

*We used fettuccine for this dish but you can use any type of long noodle like spaghetti, rice noodles, or ramen noodles. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 727kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 43g | Sodium: 632mg | Fiber: 4g
Close up overhead view of peanut noodles in the skillet with tongs.

How to Make Peanut Noodles with Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Peanut sauce ingredients in the bowl, not mixed together.

Make the peanut sauce first so the ingredients have a few minutes to mingle and the sauce is ready to go when you need it later. Add ⅓ cup smooth natural-style peanut butter, 2 Tbsp sriracha, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 clove of garlic (minced), 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, and 2 Tbsp lime juice to a bowl.

Coconut milk being poured into the peanut sauce.

Whisk the ingredients together until smooth, then add in one 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk. Whisk until smooth again and then set the sauce aside.

Chicken cut into chunks on an orange cutting board.

Cut one large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) into small ½ to 1-inch chunks.

Cooked chunks of chicken in a skillet.

Heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. It’s okay if the chicken isn’t cooked through at this point. Avoid overcooking the chicken or it will become tough.

Peanut sauce being poured into the skillet with the chicken.

Pour the prepared peanut sauce into the skillet with the chicken. Turn the heat down to low and stir to dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet. Let the chicken simmer in the sauce over low, stirring occasionally, as you cook the noodles.

Cooked linguine added to the skillet.

Cook 8 oz. noodles according to their package direction, then drain in a colander. You can use linguine, spaghetti, rice noodles, ramen noodles, or any kind of long noodle.

Finished peanut noodles in the skillet without toppings.

Add the cooked and drained noodles to the skillet and stir to combine.

Peanut noodles in the skillet topped with chopped peanuts and cilantro.

Top the peanut noodles with ¼ cup chopped peanuts and ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro.

Overhead view of a plate full of peanut noodles with a fork on the side.

Enjoy the peanut noodles hot. If you have any leftover lime, cut it into wedges and squeeze a bit over top just before eating.

Overhead view of peanut noodles in the skillet with open tongs.

SO GOOD.

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Sriracha Honey Lime-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Year of the Monkey? Nope. 2016 is absolutely shaping up to be the Year of the Brussels Sprout. (Although there was definitely a time when I thought eating a monkey sounded far more appetizing than eating Brussels Sprouts.) (Because seriously. Mushy, boiled Brussels Sprouts? [shudder]) But then something amazing happened. People stopped boiling them to […]

Sriracha Honey Lime-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Year of the Monkey? Nope.

2016 is absolutely shaping up to be the Year of the Brussels Sprout. (Although there was definitely a time when I thought eating a monkey sounded far more appetizing than eating Brussels Sprouts.)

(Because seriously. Mushy, boiled Brussels Sprouts? [shudder])

Sriracha Honey Lime-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

But then something amazing happened. People stopped boiling them to mush.

Our friends served them at NYE dinner – halved, simply roasted and seasoned under very high heat, rendering them super-caramelized and tender. And then a neighborhood friend brought them shredded-and-roasted-and-glazed to a get-together and since then, I’ve spent the last two months making up for lost time.

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Sriracha Honey Lime-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

The house-favorite way is to make them like Friend #2: shredded, roasted long enough to get lots of little crispy shredded pieces, and then tossed in a sweet-sour-spicy glaze. (Although “the bacon way” comes in a very close second.)

A couple of weeks ago, I made this recipe four times on a Sunday – four pans full – and by Thursday afternoon, I was adding brussels sprouts to my shopping list again.

Sriracha Honey Lime-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Crispy-roasted brussels sprouts glazed with a sweet-sour-spicy mixture of honey, lime, and sriracha.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz bag shredded brussels sprouts*
  • Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • You can also use whole sprouts, cut in half. Be sure to cook them cut side-down to make the magic happen.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking pan with foil.
  2. Place the brussels sprouts in a large zipper bag with olive oil and pepper - seal (no seriously - triple check that it is sealed) and shake to coat.
  3. Spread the brussels sprouts in a single layer and roast for 20 minutes, toss, and cook another 5 minutes if you want them darker.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy, honey, lime, and sriracha. If you keep most of those ingredients in the fridge, a 10-second trip through the microwave will make mixing easier.
  5. Transfer the brussels sprouts to the bowl and toss to coat with the glaze.
  6. Serve warm.

Notes

Yields: Makes 3 side-servings

Source: The Brewer and The Baker

Estimated time: 30 minutes