Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chicken

3 Apr

I won’t ramble too much here….I REALLY want this to be one of the staple recipes in your kitchen. It’s just…perfection. Everyone will love. Unless you’re a vegetarian (what are you doing here) but yeah….just take out the chicken…sigh.

And it is best served cold or room temperature. AKA NOOOOO TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS NECESSARY!

I first had this when I had the “Baby Shower On One Floor, Football Party On Another” party at my friend Melissa’s house. I INSTANTLY fell in love.

My only change? I added a bit more spice. A lot of cayenne, along with the chili oil. Oh god it was good. Please make it and share how much you loved it. I could talk about this dish forever…

Recipe here!



Update: Love when people add ideas / suggestions in my comments. This sounds great! From Dave…

Love this recipe. It works almost as well with creamy peanut butter in place of the tahini. It’s also yummy with a tablespoon or two of minced ginger in the sauce, and some shredded carrots and Napa cabbage (in case you want to offer your guests the illusion of health!).

45 Responses to “Spicy Sesame Noodles with Chicken”

  1. Dave Hoffman April 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Ooh! Love this recipe. It works almost as well with creamy peanut butter in place of the tahini. It’s also yummy with a tablespoon or two of minced ginger in the sauce, and some shredded carrots and Napa cabbage (in case you want to offer your guests the illusion of health!).

    • chrissyteigen April 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

      that sounds awesome! will update with this 🙂

    • Richard Sharp (@mrsharpphoto) April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      if you’re doing the peanut butter thing, you might as well just do spicy peanut chicken (peanut butter, rice vinegar and soy sauce). add cooked sweet potatoes to it and its crazy.

      i like the minced ginger addition. tossing the carrots and cabbage in a sesame oil/chili oil/rice vinegar dressing first would be great. nice texture.

      damn, i’m now hungered. 😦

  2. lcxkimchi April 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    oh! this is pretty much like the chinese cold noodles! i always make it when the weather is warmer (= so yums, gonna make some for dinner sometime this week!

  3. Adrienne Smith (@AdrienneKSmith) April 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I have a HUGE jar of tahini and have been running out of usage ideas. This is awesomeee. Wonder if I could stir fry everything together as an alternate cooking method….

  4. bigonfitness April 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm #


    Your timing is amazing…I was just looking for a new noodles recipe. I hope this is as good as it looks.

  5. Molly April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    The sauce on this looks insane! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    Yay for new blog posts from you!

  6. Meghan April 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi!…Meghan from Bread & Ginger here…just wanted to say thank you?!? For loving the noodles and for posting about them and linking back…so glad you enjoyed!

  7. Kimberly April 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    OK, it’s a hit here! I live on the Outerbanks and our nights are pretty cool (ok, cold) and serving this hot dish was the perfect antidote. I ran out of cayenne and used red pepper flakes as I love anything, everything spicy. I shredded and added some carrots for more veggies and added color. Little bit of garlic and ginger and voila. Delicious.

  8. The Food Hussy April 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    So I have gone vegan for lent and this recipe sans the meat was perfect(despit your lil vegetarian comment ;p )! So creamy and delicious. I added obscene amounts of chili paste because I am masochistic that way, lemon juice instead of water to thin the sauce and add a little sunshine to my noodles. I threw in some grated ginger per your suggestion, some shelled edamame and shredded carrot. Yummylicious! Thanks for sharing!

  9. hallucinatingmartyr April 4, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Reblogged this on hallucinatingmartyr.

  10. xoxome11 April 4, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Amazing recipe — I’ve been organizing weekend evenings at the beach with our friends with doggies (we can’t bring dogs after May 1), and we’re all bringing things for pot luck dinners — this is going to be my recipe this weekend.

    And Chrissy, GREAT job with the beautiful pics — I don’t know what you’re doing, but I dare to say these are almost Pioneer Woman-worthy!!!! 😉

    Please don’t make us wait so long for your next blog — I know you’re so busy, but I love everything you post and end up making almost all of your recipes, which in turn end up impressing all of my friends!!!

  11. catvoncat April 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I’m a vegetarian and I’m here because many of the recipes you post can be vegetarianized, and even if they couldn’t, you’re funny and your blog is entertaining. So there. Also, noodles are awesome.

  12. Emmy April 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    This looks amazing, thank you! Also, I was in mysuit last night with my husband and saw a lovely photo spread with you and John. How does he like the suits? Your blog is simply awesome, thanks for the read!

  13. nikkichick April 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Chrissy, can you start making your recipes Pinable to Pinterest!? I love to have them on hand and that’s where I organize my favorite recipes. I have no idea how you would go about making this possible lol but I have seen the little “pin it” button on other websites. Just thought I’d ask 🙂


    • The Food Hussy April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      I totally pinned this recipe. Just add the pin button to your browser’s tool bar and it will link back to this blog.

      • The Food Hussy April 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

        Sigh…it will link back to this blog if someone clicks on it when you post it on your boards. Sorry, having trouble processing complete thoughts today.

  14. btsukamoto April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I don’t know anything about how to do it, but you should add a way to “share” your recipes to Pinterest. All the happy cooking pinners would love!

    • btsukamoto April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      oh i guess i should have read the comment directly above mine. oops!

  15. Samantha April 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    SUCCESS!! My boyfriend is half Chinese and very picky about the quality of his food. We made it last night and he really liked it and then we had leftovers for lunch and loved it even more. He has a ‘rotation’ that he keeps of foods he knows he can make really well to make for guests and he asked me to add it to the rotation! I’m not the best cook, but I hit a slam dunk with this one, thanks Chrissy! 🙂

  16. Tom N. April 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    So I cheated and used Trader Joe’s satay peanut sauce because I could find tahini. I also substituted sambal oelek and used gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) and it turned out awesome. Great recipe!

  17. Maria M (@OhDrM) April 6, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Chrissy, I made this today and I’m obsessing about having it for lunch tomorrow. Thanks!

  18. Jesse April 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I’m usually not one of those people who makes a lot of changes to recipes, but this is so easily adaptable I’ll offer a couple of other suggestions you can feel free to use or ignore:

    1) If you’re pressed for time you can use a rotisserie chicken. Just save the skin for eating in the bathroom in between hysterical sobs.

    2) Use rice vinegar instead of red wine vinegar.

    3) Peel a large cucumber, cut it in half, scoop the seeds out, and grate what’s left. Toss the cucumbers with the sauce and onions. Soooo good.

  19. Tóta April 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I’m late to the game but I have a question! Did you use more than 1/4 cup of tahini, it looks like more in your pictures? Bought ingredients today, excited to make this tomorrow 😀

    • chrissyteigen April 8, 2012 at 12:44 am #

      I doubled the recipe.

      • Tóta April 8, 2012 at 10:36 am #

        Ok, thank you

  20. nikki April 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Looks good!

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  21. vvmavourak April 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm #


    Off topic question, I thought maybe you had a sodelushious email linked from here, alas no.

    I need your help! Im visiting mi familia in la and my boyfriends flying out the 24th (from NYC, where we live). He has tasked me with making a reservation at “the yummiest restaurant in la”/”la’s marc forgione or il buco” … And I’m not likIng what I’m finding.

    I grew up here but i havent lived here for 10 years, so im not on the up and up. My friends recommended the following: capo, melisse, osteria mozza (been bf It wasn’t like amaaaazing tho), the little door, providence, ciccone, and some place at shutters which is next to our hotel (meh).

    You live here half the time, what do you think? Location is not an issue.

    Usually I can rely on chowhound and urbanspoon, but they both say mastros and cut and boa, but that’s not what we want. I want to go somewhere like quality-quality-yummy-having-an-orgasm-as-I-chew good.



  22. Iwanttoeateverything! April 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    All these recipes look amazing! I need to stop reading your blog, literally dying of starvation at work (not really) but actually feel like it because all of these are not in my belly!

  23. Sarah April 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I made this last night hoping to have left-overs for today. I have now made this dish twice.

  24. dla seniora April 26, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Noodles looks delicious. Thanks for sharing:) Regards from Poland!

  25. Christine April 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Love this recipe, next time I would use a little less tahini and throw in some peanut butter. I found the tahini to be just slightly overpowering so I added about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and juice of one lime. Overall, was a hit with my group!

  26. Jessica Lynney May 2, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    These kinds of recipes that make me plunge into the kitchen and do the experiments!
    Thanks a lot.

    Perhaps you’re interested to submit your food photos on a food photography site that has tagline “Food Photography that will make you hungry” 🙂

    It’s free to submit, free to join, and a lot of members can enjoy your creation!

  27. lizzyjames May 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I finally made this last week. My fingers still smell like garlic! So worth it, though. I think we ate it at least 3 nights in a row for dinner. Absolutely delicious!

  28. Lauren May 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I made this tonight for dinner, effin delicious!! Thank you Soo much I sweat your blog, whenever there’s a new recipe I get excited to try them out!

  29. Kat Scade May 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I canNOT wait to try this! My husband is from Spain and is fervently anti-spicy about his food. (guess in seinfeld lingo he’d be an anti-spicite. I can hear him now..”I am NOT an anti-spicite!” Except he wouldn’t say that bc he doesn’t watch Seinfeld.) Anyway… What was I saying?? Ah, the noodles. I’m hoping to turn him with these noodles!!! Xoxo

  30. xoxome11 July 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    So it’s another night at the dinner table explaining how the recipe came from a SI swimsuit model’s blog but no she’s really super cool and loves food and is a great cook and is also absolutely hysterical and a great follow on twitter…well, at least they all shut up when they taste whatever delicious recipe I make from this blog.
    And for goodness sake, please stop having so much fun and filling your days with work and spend more time on this blog! I suppose the next excuse will be wedding planning. Please remember your priorities! We love our Chrissy the Cook!!!!!

  31. Dior July 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    So my boyfriend attended your 4th of July cookout a few weeks ago where he tried these noodles and came back to NY begging me to try and make it. He got your blog address and low and behold — the recipe was posted!! I surprised him last night by making these and I echo his reaction. This dish is AMAZING!!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  32. Meg September 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I finally made these yesterday and my fiance basically talked about how good they were and then ate more five times until they were gone! And they were soooo quick and easy to make. Thank you!!!

  33. Kristine Hinterkopf January 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Absolutely love this recipe and your tip of adding lots of cayenne. It’s become one of my go-to dinners. I usually put it on a bed of arugula when serving. There’s something about the pepperiness of the arugula that adds a really nice taste to the dish……and I can pretend I’m being healthy by slapping some salad in it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  34. nellapet April 14, 2014 at 1:18 am #

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