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"U" is for Udon

There aren't too many foods that start with U. Udon noodles seemed to be the best choice. I found a good looking recipe for Udon Peanut Butter Noodles on that I decided to give a try.

The only alteration I made to the recipe was adding a bit of Sriracha sauce to give it a little more spice, cuz I like spicy!

* 1 (9 ounce) package dried udon noodles
* 1/2 cup chicken broth
* 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 3 tablespoons peanut butter
* 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
* 2 teaspoons chili oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded
* 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
* 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
* 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

The most time consuming part of this recipe is preparing all the vegetables and shredding the chicken. It doesn't take long once all the prep work is done.

Bring a large pot with lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Drop the udon in a few noodles at a time and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, 10 minutes. Drain; return to the pot.

While the udon noodles are cooking, whisk the chicken broth, ginger, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, chile oil, and garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, whisking until the peanut butter has melted. Pour the sauce over the noodles. Add the chicken and red bell pepper; toss until the noodles are evenly coated in the sauce. Sprinkle with green onions, chopped peanuts, and cilantro to serve.

This was my first time making udon noodles. The sauce was a great mix of sweet and spice.
Peanut Sauce
U is for Udon

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