Simple Sundays | Soba Noodles and Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Kitchen Confidante

I think this could be it. I think it’s here to stay. (Fingers crossed.)

I’m talking about summer.

Each day has been warmer than the day before, and nearly a whole week has gone by without the need for jackets and socks. We even had our first power outage today, the energy company’s first signal that summer is upon us.

Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Kitchen Confidante | Soba Noodles
Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Kitchen Confidante | Radishes

I know it may seem silly to want to catapult into summer when spring just arrived for most of the country, but the taste of 88 degrees and summer dresses has me in a summer state of mind. This week, I’ve been eating like it’s June, opting for cool and refreshing lunches, preferably with lots of crunchy fresh vegetables. I made a big batch of Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce, and I just loved diving into it for a few days straight, twirling the noodles coated in the spiced up sauce, spearing icy cool cucumbers and peppery radishes for the perfect bite.

Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Kitchen Confidante | Bowl of Noodles
Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Kitchen Confidante | On Plate

This is a flexible dish that can be eaten either warm or cold – and clearly, I prefer it cold. Japanese buckwheat soba noodles have a lovely bite, and in many ways, I consider this more salad than noodle dish since I like to put lots of vegetables in the dish. But it’s up to you. Eat it plain, or add some tofu. Have some leftover roast chicken? Shred it and toss it in. It all works. And it comes together faster than you can say Soba Noodles and Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Kitchen Confidante | Serving

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Soba Noodles & Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Yield: Serves 4-6.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

The best part of this recipe is that the ingredients for the spicy peanut sauce are items you most likely already have stocked in your pantry. It's great for those days when you know you need to go food shopping and haven't had the time...or when you need to clean out the vegetable bin. Shredded carrots, zucchini, or anything with crunch would work well.


1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup hot or boiling water, plus an additional tablespoon or two, if necessary
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or sriracha, to taste
1 teaspoon sugar, to taste
8 oz soba noodles
1 roasted or poached chicken breast, shredded
4 scallions, trimmed and chopped
1/2 English cucumber, quartered and chopped
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped


Combine the peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, hot water, garlic, red pepper/sriracha, and sugar in a small bowl and whisk well to combine. This can also be prepared in a blender or a food processor. If you need to adjust the consistency of the sauce so that it is thinner, add more hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and salt it. Cook the soba noodles, according to package instructions. When the noodles are cooked, drain the noodles. Toss the noodles in the peanut sauce, along with the vegetables and chicken (if using). Serve warm or cool. If preparing as a cold salad, refrigerate and serve cold.

Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe from my dear friend Olivia.

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by Liren Baker on April 21, 2013

31 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Soba Noodles and Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 21, 2013 @ 8:05 am (#

    Like you, I am so excited about summer weather! I love soba noodles and peanut sauce… this looks like a winner, and perfect for warm nights. Can’t wait to try it out! :)

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

      This little summer tease is making me impatient! Then again, I am realizing that I won’t be want to bake as much once summer really arrives, and that would make me sad!

  2. Marcie @ Flavor the Moments April 21, 2013 @ 8:14 am (#

    I’m enjoying the warm weather as well, and crunchy fresh vegetables like this are what it’s all about when it’s warm! When they’re paired with a spicy peanut sauce, it’s irresistible for me. This dish is one of my favorite kind of meals!

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

      The only thing that would make this better is all the amazing produce we’ll have once summer really is here! Can’t wait!

  3. maria April 21, 2013 @ 8:19 am (#

    Peanut butter is crazy expensive where I live. It is more affordable to purchase Asian peanut sauce. Can you help me doctor the store bought peanut sauce?

    { When I’m back in the US, I’ll make it from scratch.} Thank you!

  4. Belinda @zomppa April 21, 2013 @ 9:17 am (#

    Isn’t it nice to know warmer weather on its way? Love soba!!

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

      Absolutely, Belinda! It makes me so happy to feel the sun on my skin :)

  5. Priscilla - She's Cookin' April 21, 2013 @ 5:28 pm (#

    I am crossing my fingers, too! The persistent marine layer has been less so, and it’s beginning to feel like summer here as well. Love soba and peanut sauce and the radishes add brightness and a little bite :)

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

      I hear the cooler weather will be returning, Priscilla, but hopefully that is not the case down where you live! Meantime, let’s enjoy these warm days!

  6. Dixya April 21, 2013 @ 8:08 pm (#

    What a coincidence- I just packed soba noodles tossed in peanut butter sauce with pan seared tofu- I loved addition of other veggies here

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

      Great minds think alike! Sounds delicious with the pan seared tofu!

  7. Kankana April 21, 2013 @ 9:44 pm (#

    Aren’t raw soba noodles just so photogenic. Loving your shot on that! And seriously I think Summer is here, it’s been so warm the past two days. No complains, I am loving it :)

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

      So true, Kankana, soba is definitely photogenic. Thank you so much! Enjoy the sun, the next few days will be fabulous :)

  8. Brian April 22, 2013 @ 6:53 am (#

    I’m all about soba noodle salads and this one looks INCREDIBLE. I may have to just try this with shrimp.

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

      Ooh, good idea, Brian! I’ll have to try it with shrimp, too :)

  9. Gina April 22, 2013 @ 1:36 pm (#

    Not silly at all, mover over Spring I have shorts to wear. He He. This sounds perfect for a week night and to avoid the oven. I hope to get back on some sort of schedule this week and will try and sit down tonight and make a collection so I can enter your giveaway. Hope your weekend was good.

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      I hope your weekend was good, too! Ah, getting back on schedule. The story of my life!

  10. Gina April 22, 2013 @ 1:37 pm (#

    I see my fat typing fingers were in typo mode again. Lol.

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

      Oh Gina! You always make me laugh :)

  11. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up April 22, 2013 @ 8:15 pm (#

    I think you are right. Summer is here. I can’t wait to start enjoying all these cold treats. Right now this one is at the top of my list!!

    • Liren replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

      I do hope so, Bernadette! I think after the winter most of us have had, it is very welcome :)

  12. Fiona April 22, 2013 @ 10:36 pm (#

    This is a great dish for a quick weeknight meal – I wonder if it can be turned into a soba noodle soup – we’re in the cold in Sydney!

  13. Fiona April 22, 2013 @ 10:37 pm (#

    This is a great dish for a quick weeknight meal – I wonder if it can be turned into a soba noodle soup – we’re in the cold in Sydney!

  14. Sandra's Easy Cooking April 23, 2013 @ 4:00 am (#

    Perfect dish! I love the recipe and combination of flavors…and your images are just so tempting. Fantastic post!

  15. Holly April 23, 2013 @ 8:33 am (#

    This looks so wonderful. I wonder if I can find soba noodles here – I’ve been dying to try them – but they might be under another name.

  16. Lisa | Ravishing Hunger April 25, 2013 @ 9:48 pm (#

    Yum, Liren! I have a soft spot for soba noodles with a peanut sauce. With the weather heading towards summer in our neck of the woods as you mentioned, your recipe is one I am definitely going to have to try!

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  19. Anna Song April 2, 2014 @ 6:34 pm (#

    This recipe is great! Only modification I used was using extra chunky peanut butter, tablespoon of sriracha, 1 tablespoon of hot water instead of 2. Came together so quick in my food processor! Delicious! Thanks so much!

    • Liren Baker replied: — April 3rd, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

      I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it, Anna! Thank you!

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