Dan Dan Noodles and Cucumber Salad

I love P.F. Changs! I love Chinese food! I love Food in general! No big surprise to anyone. I also love to eat fairly healthy, my biggest downfall is portion control.  If one serving is only 300 cal and I eat 2 and 1/2 servings it is not that great after all.  I can’t help it! I am a Hungry Girl! I am really trying to get better at it. I need some help though….. This is my adaptation of P.F. Changs and a mixture of a couple of cookbook recipes.  A few months ago I wrote a World Tour of Chicken and I did an Asian Fusion recipe.  It was a mix of Pad Thai and Chop Suey. http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2011/08/21/asian-fusion-chicken/  That recipe was similar to this yet completely different in taste.  Feel free to try both!  This is my complete Dan Dan Noodle recipe.

Dan Dan Noodles and Cucumber Salad
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Author: The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
Serves: 4
  • For the Pickled Cucumbers:
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/4 of a red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tbs red pepper flakes
  • For the Dan Dan Noodles:
  • 1/2 package of spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb of ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbs smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar (I use splenda)
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp of each salt, white pepper, ground ginger, onion powder and garlic powder
  1. For the Cucumbers:
  2. Take a vegetable peeler and slice off ribbons of cucumbers until you reach the seeds.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine: all cucumber ingredients and cover and chill while you prepare the noodles.
  4. For the Dan Dan Noodles:
  5. Boil water and cook spaghetti. Meanwhile:
  6. In a mixing bowl combine ground chicken and seasonings. Mix well.
  7. In a hot pan drizzle the vegetable oil and cook the chicken in small spoonful batches.
  8. In a mixing bowl combine all the broth and remaining ingredients and whisk til smooth.
  9. Pour in the pan with the chicken and heat through
  10. Plate with Noodles and Cucumbers.

This is how your Cucumbers should look when you are making the ribbons

This is what I meant by Spoonful of Chicken

Here the chicken is cooked and the sauce is added and heating through.  I hope that you have better luck at portion control than I do! Here is to healthy eating!!






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  1. […] perks it up and gives the sauce it’s heat. It’s the same sauce that I used on my Dan Dan Noodles. {you can see how much this blog has changed and grown since those early days} Our guests at the […]

  2. Looks soooo good! And I’m defnitely going to have to try that cucumber salad!