Chilli Chicken Noodles With Coriander Pesto

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Kiwi Kathy

This recipe is the first time I have used Sambal Oelek and it was delicious. I almost didn't make it because the recipe sounded a bit fiddly, but it did say 15 minutes prep and 15 minutes cooking time, so I gave it a go. Absolutely delicious!! It does suggest using peanuts instead of cashews if desired, though I used cashews. Recipe found in the February 2010 issue of Recipes+.

Top Review by Leggy Peggy

We thoroughly enjoyed this delicious and easy-to-make dish. Have to admit that I was puzzled by your reference to 2/3 cup of oil. This amount of oil was not mentioned in the instructions. It dawned on me that this was to go into the pesto mixture, which I did. However to keep the fat down, I added just under a 1/2 cup of oil. I also sliced the chicken breasts after they were cooked and spread with the sambal oelek. It seemed a more manageable way to serve the entire dish. In future, I'll use 600 grams of noodles for 4 people. My packet of 450 grams just stretched to serve three of us. One last comment -- the sambal oelek really makes this dish. That little kick of chilli is perfect and essential. Thanks so much for posting the recipe for such a quick and tasty dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Process coriander, parmesan, cashews and garlic until smooth.
  2. Cut each chicken breast into half, hoizontally.
  3. Heat the 1 tblsp oil in a large frying pan over a moderate heat. Cook chicken for 3 minutes each side or until cooked. Transfer to a heatproof plate. Brush with sambal oelek. Cover with foil; rest for 5 minutes. Slice.
  4. Add onion and tomatoes to pan. Cook and stir for 2 - 3 minutes or until onion softens. Remove from heat.
  5. Cook noodles in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes or until tender. Drain; return to pan. Add chicken, coriander pesto, tomato mixture, spinach leaves and lemon juice. Season with salt. (I only ever use Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt now days - google it to see why). Toss to combine.
  6. Spoon into shallow serving bowls. Serve at once.

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