Spicy Chicken Noodles

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A grown-up version of my childhood favorite chicken noodles

There are some things we loved eating when we were kids, and they still us back when we eat them now. Chow Mein is something that was a regular in our home. I love it, and I make it often, but we did grow up, after all, so shouldn’t the food we loved as a child grow up too? That’s what these Spicy Chicken Noodles are, grown up Chow Mein. The sambal oelek adds the perfect kick to this classic that will satisfy your inner child and your adult self. This recipe is also as easy as it gets, so it’s a win win situation!

Using pantry ingredients to your advantage in these spicy chicken noodles

I love using easy to find ingredients in my recipes. I’ve lived on three different continents, and finding ingredients ins’t as easy in remote cities wedged between valleys as it is in Chicago. That is why the ingredients I use in these spicy chicken noodles are easy to find, common ingredients. I always have soy sauce, vinegar and sambal oelek in my pantry, and I’m sure you do too. Fresh vegetables are where this recipe gets its relief from the spice, and cabbage, carrots and broccoli are as common as they get. I’ve made this with just cabbage and carrots, or the whole gang. The noodles turn out great every time, and you can use what you have! Please read the recipe notes below for variations and tips.

This requires a little technique but it’s worth it

Just a couple of steps and you’ll see how amazing the end results are! It’s very important to take your time and let the liquid evaporate from the chicken when you are sautéing it. This will help create a crispy crust while keeping the chicken tender from the inside. And that crust is what the spicy sauce clings to, creating a burst of flavor in every bite of these spicy chicken noodles. Another important step is to keep the vegetables crunchy. They keep their texture and their fresh flavor, which is something you need to cut through the spice.

spicy chicken noodles

Spicy Chicken Noodles

A childhood classic with a spicy twist! These spicy chicken noodles are comfort food at its finest.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Pakistani
Servings 3


  • Wok


For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless chicken cut into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp vingear
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For the Sauce

  • 2-3 tbsp sambal oelek or 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp ketchup

For the Noodles

  • 2 tbsp oil flavorless
  • 1 tbsp ginger, crushed
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½-1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup carrots julienned
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti prepared al dente


  • Marinate the chicken for at least five minutes. In a wok heat the oil and add the ginger. Sauté for a minute, then add the chicken. Sauté on a medium high flame until the chicken is cooked through and the water has evaporated. This may take up to ten minutes. Once the water has mostly evaporated spread the chicken out in an even layer and let it sear for a minute or so on both sides so the chicken gets a nice golden crust.
  • Then add the vegetables and sauté for a couple minutes. You want them to sear a bit but not cook through and get soggy.
  • Add the prepared noodles and the sauce. Sauté for a few minutes, and then taste for salt and black pepper. Adjust the seasoning and serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.


These are spicy, and the main spice element is sambal oelek. I prefer using this because it has a nice spicy kick but also adds a great flavor. You can use 2 tbsp sriracha is you don’t have sambal. I don’t recommend using the spicy chilli sauces sold as ketchups. They have sugar added. 
I use spaghetti for convenience, but if you can get your hands on egg noodles or chow mien noodles use those. 
If you want to keep it less spicy just add 1 tablespoon of samba oelek.  
You can add any vegetables you like. Here are some suggestions:
baby corn, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, green onions, mushrooms, snap peas, purple cabbage, bok chow 
Keyword Chicken Noodles, Desi Chinese, Spicy Chicken Noodles

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Omigod I am going to try this! Looks divine!

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Humna Meir

This one just hits different. So much nostalgia fulfilled witg this. Love your recipes! Some of them are literal staples in my home! ♥️


Love this recipe. Comes together wonderfully. Its a family favorite in our house. Thank you for sharing!