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Stir-Fried Noodles with Chicken, Mushrooms & Green Beans

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Serves 2

  • To learn more, read:
    Rice Noodle Stir-Fries
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 77

You don’t need to stock up on exotic ingredients to make this fresh and vibrant stir-fry for two―and you don’t even need a wok. A skillet or stir-fry pan does the trick.

  • 4 oz. wide (pad thai) rice noodles
  • 4 oz. green beans, cut on the diagonal into 1/4-inch-thick slices (to yield 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half (6 to 7 oz.), cut in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices (to yield 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. minced red or green serrano chile
  • 2 oz. white or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced (to yield 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp. (or more) chicken broth or water, if needed
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbs. roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving

Submerge wide (pad thai) rice noodles in a bowl of very warm (110°F) water and soak until they’re pliable but still rather firm, about 30 minutes. Drain in a colander (no need to pat dry).

Meanwhile, prep the rest of the ingredients.

Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch until crisp-tender, 30 to 60 seconds. Drain in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

Once the noodles are drained, heat the oil in a large (12-inch) skillet or stir-fry pan over high heat until very hot. Add the garlic, stir, and immediately add the chicken. Season with the salt and stir-fry until the chicken is partially cooked, 1 to 2 min. Add the fish sauce, ginger, sugar, and chile and stir to combine. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry until they’re limp, 1 to 2 min. Add the blanched green beans and noodles and stir-fry until the noodles are tender, about 1 min. If they’re too firm, add 1 Tbs. of broth or water and stir-fry until the liquid is absorbed and the noodles are tender, about 1 min. Transfer to a platter or plates, and garnish with the basil and mint. Serve immediately, with lime wedges on the side.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on two servings; Calories (kcal): 410; Fat (g): fat g 9; Fat Calories (kcal): 80; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1.5; Protein (g): protein g 19; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 63; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1910; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 35; Fiber (g): fiber g 4;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Loved the flavors! Very fresh and vibrant. And, great as leftovers. Will definitely make again!

Delicious and amazing flavors! So easy to make. My husband wanted more so I would recommend doubling, even for 2 people. Also, seemed a little on the salty side so be careful how much salt you add. I think the fish sauce already has lots of salt so add sparingly. Otherwise delicious. Can't wait to make again!

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