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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dan Dan Noodles

The very first time I went to P.F. Chang's (a long, long time ago) I ordered the Dan Dan Noodles.  I was an instant fan.  I loved the peanuty goodness of it.  I loved the simplicity of it.  Now this is not the best adaptation of that dish, but I'll have to say, it's a pretty good substitute when you can't get the real thing.  Plus it's cheaper...and you just can't beat that!!  I wish I could have gotten the peanuts a little finer...but other than that, I wouldn't change a thing, the flavors were really fantastic together!

Dan Dan Noodles
Adapted from Food and Wine
Printable Recipe 
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup raw peanuts
1 jalapeno, roughly chopped (you can remove the seeds for less heat)
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 1/2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
kosher salt
1 large chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, thinly sliced
10oz whole grain spaghetti

In a skillet, heat the vegetable oil.  Add the peanuts and fry over moderate heat until golden, about 5-8 minutes; let cool slightly.  Transfer the peanuts and oil to a food processor.  Pulse a few times to get the peanuts broke up a bit.  Add the jalapeno, garlic, and ginger.  Process until minced. Add the soy, olive oil, rice vinegar, Sriracha, sugar, and sesame oil.  Process until smooth.  Season with salt.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well.  While the pasta is cooking, in the skillet you cooked the peanuts in, add the chicken and saute over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes.  Add  red pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes or just until the pepper starts to soften.

Toss the noodles with the dressing and the red peppers until everything is well coated.  Serve warm and enjoy!


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Big Dude said...

As much as I like peanuts and peanut butter, I'm always hesitent to order a dish with peanut sauce. Next time I eat oriental, I'll change that.

Yenta Mary said...

I absolutely LOVE this stuff!!! I also have a gift card to P.F. Chang's calling my name from the dark dungeon of my wallet ... I'll have to get over there sooner rather than later now!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Mmm peanut sauce on noodles, one of my favorites!! Never been to PF Changs and now with this recipe I don't need to :) Looks good Jenn. I need to stop reading your blog before breakfast cause now nothing but a bowl of peanut noodles will suffice I'm sad to say!

Cranberry Morning said...

Wow, girl, you like it hot, don't you! My husband would adore this, and I'm ready for some noodle goodness. Looks like my comfort food for tonight!

Pam said...

Mmm. I want a bowl full of Dan Dan noodles right now - they look awesome.

Biz said...

I love P.F. Chang's - I think your dish turned out really good! :D

Mary said...

Sorry, Jenn. I thought I had already responded to this. Your noodles sound wonderful. The first time I had Dan Dan noodles they were fiery hot with chilies. We were in Sichuan and completely unsuspecting :-). Your recipe sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Design Wine and Dine said...

Anything w/sriracha and peanuts I am a fan of! Never tried Dan Dan noodles, but looks like I can just make them at home!

Cheeseboy said...

My favorite food in the entire world is the PF Chang Double Pan Fried Noodles. I'll have to try the Dan Dan. With my friend Dan.

Michael Toa said...

I don't think I had dan dan noodles before but I love the sound of this and looking at the list of ingredients, nothing there that I don't like. So, I'm sure this is delicious. :)

Chris said...

Alexis and I love dan dan noodles from PFC. This isn't the same recipe clone we use and yours sounds better so I just bookmarked it to try. Can't wait.

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