Weekly Winner: Deconstructing and Dolling Up Dan Dan

I adore Dan Dan Noodles and I make a mighty fine version if I do say so myself.  (See: Dan Dan Noodles )But I’ve been making them quite a lot lately, both for myself and for others so I decided it was time to switch it up a bit.  Add to that fact that there has been one or two days when we could actually open up the grill and not freeze to death while using it and the choice for dinner was easy.

Asian chickenWe were going to try the deconstructed variation on the Dan Dan theme that I found in Cuisine at Home magazine: Grilled Asian Chicken. This is definitely a fancier take on the Dan Dan Noodles Recipe I have and would be much more “company friendly”.  It was easy, very tasty and a nice diversion.  But was it better?  No…. just different.  But sometimes different is good.

Grilled Asian Chicken with Peanut Noodles

Serves 4


  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tsp peanut oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 oz dry spaghetti
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts


Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

Combine 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp oil and ½ tsp salt in a bowl; toss with chicken. Grill chicken, covered, until cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove chicken from grill; tent with foil.

Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; drain and return to the pot. Meanwhile, heat broth, peanut butter, remaining 2 Tbsp brown sugar, vinegar, lime juice, remaining 1 Tbsp soy sauce, ginger, and chili garlic sauce in a saucepan over medium, whisking to combine; simmer 1-2 minutes. Off heat, season with salt, then pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat.

Top each chicken breast with pasta and Cucumber Sambal; garnish with peanuts.

Cucumber Sambal


1 cup seeded and diced cucumber

½ cup thinly sliced scallions

¼ cup diced red bell pepper

3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon salt

Toss all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Chill until ready to serve.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheeni
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 09:27:50

    Loved it! Do check out my blog and fill me in with your comments


  2. Molly Roth
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 10:29:07

    Yum can we add this to menu?

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. Trackback: Weekly Winner:  Pasta + Pork + Peanuts = Pure Perfection | Donna's Quick Qi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: