These gluten free noodles are super speedy to whip up, literally only taking 15 minutes from start to finish. They also happen to be absolutely delicious and one of our favourite midweek meals.
The recipe produces a flavour-packed sesame peanut gluten free stir fry that can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by simply omitting the chicken/prawns. It still tastes just as good and we often have the veggie version.
From preparation, through cooking, to eating, this delight only takes 15 minutes to make and it is brimming with crunchy veggies and smothered in a tasty satay-esque sauce. It’s brilliant when you want a proper bowlful of food without the hassle of having to do loads of prep or washing up.
I tried and tested my peanut butter tahini gluten free noodles with both leftover roast chicken and with fresh chicken breast. Either of these options work well but I have to say the leftovers give extra flavour and are my personal favourite. You can use any quantity of chicken for these gluten free noodles or simply omit entirely.
Which Noodles Do You Use?
I used to use Amoy Straight to Wok Ribbon Rice Noodles for this dish, however I haven’t been able to find then as easily in supermarkets recently. Instead, I use these Red Drago rice sticks, which I buy on Amazon. Any similar gluten free dried flat rice noodle brand will work well in this dish. I precook them partially to soften the noodles, but keep some bite so they finish cooking in the sauce. If you make them too soft they will break apart, whereas part-cooking ensures they stay in nice long strands.
To precook rice sticks/dry rice noodles: cook them in boiling water for 5 minutes until they are soft but still have some bite to them. Drain off the hot water, rinse and then place them in a pan full of COLD water – this will stop the noodles from sticking together while they are sat aside. Set aside until needed.
Speedy Peanut Butter Tahini Noodles Recipe
- 1 tbsp oil (sunflower/vegetable/olive/sesame all fine)
- Optional: Enough leftover roast chicken for two people, shredded, OR two chicken breasts, sliced OR 150g cooked peeled king prawns
- 1 pack sugar snap peas/mange tout (approx 150g)
- 3 spring onions, sliced into rounds
- 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced into long strips
- 180g flat rice noodles/rice sticks (par-cooked for 5 minutes, see my note in the introduction about how to par-cook them) OR 300g ready-cooked gluten free rice noodles (such as Amoy Straight to Wok Gluten Free Ribbon Rice Noodles)
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 tbsp tahini
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- To serve (all optional): sesame seeds, crushed salted peanuts, chilli flakes
- Mix the tamari, lime juice, peanut butter, tahini and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl. You will end up with a smooth paste. If it is quite thick, add a tsp or two of water to thin it so that can coat the stir fry easily. Set aside.
- Add the oil to a wok and place over a high heat. If you are making the vegetarian version, skip to step 3, otherwise: place the chicken into the wok and stir regularly to stop it from sticking - if you are using leftovers, simply cook for 3 minutes, if you are using raw chicken then ensure the chicken is cooked through before you add the veggies. If using prawns, hold off and we'll pop these in right at the end.
- Pop the sugar snap peas, spring onions and carrot into the wok with the chicken - stir the ingredients around for a few minutes (still over a high heat) until the spring onion has started to soften and the sugar snaps have turned bright green.
- Add your gluten free noodles to the wok, breaking them up with your hands while adding if they are clumped together in the packet. Give them a good stir into the vegetables and chicken to soften them up (2 minutes) then turn the heat down to medium.
- Pour the peanut butter tahini sauce over the noodles in the wok and stir well to ensure everything is well-coated. [add the prawns now too if you are having the prawn version].
- Now serve your noodles in two bowls, topped with any combination (or all) of sesame seeds, crushed peanuts and chilli flakes. Delish!
For more gluten free midweek meal ideas, why not try one of my other easy gluten free recipes:
- Halloumi Pomegranate Tray Bake
- Butternut Squash & Pancetta Risotto
- Red Pepper Tortilla with Lemon Aioli