Drunken Noodles

Marvelous Munch
by Marvelous Munch
4 Servings
45 min

One of our all time favorite dish’s is Drunken Noodles. There is something about the sauce that appears sweet and slowly brings in a slight heat. And the way the sauce sticks to the noodles and zucchini noodles so well is unlike so many dishes. We decided that this dish was too good to pass up trying. At first we were intimidated as there is no comparison to our favorite local Thai restaurant but we are always up for a challenge in the kitchen.

As you may recognize from many of our recently recipes it has been tough to get many of the ingredients we would typically try to use for this dish. But luckily for us we have had great luck with the substitutions Honestly if we made Drunken Noodles in the traditional way it may not have turned out as well as this did. And even better news, all of these things are easy to get at the store or you may have them at home already! Aren’t those the best meals? The ones you don’t even need to leave home to make.

Just like our  Chicken Pad Thai in this Drunken Noodles recipe, don’t forget to boil the chicken first. It is widely different how much doing this enhances the flavor of the dish. It really allows the sauce to take over once you drain out all of the chicken fat that cooks off.

We decided that we would try to lighten this up a little. Instead of having all rice noodles we did half rice noodles and half zucchini noodles. Many people try to substitute noodles fully with zucchini. And that can definitely be delicious but we find that zucchini doesn’t hold the sauce as well as a noodle does. So half and half allows us to still have the yummy noodles while packing ourselves full of veggies at the same time!

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 1 pepper sliced thin
  • ½ yellow onion sliced thin
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup basil
  • 2 zucchinis spiralized
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 package of rice noodles
Drunken Noodle Sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sriracha

Bring two pots of a water to a boil
In one pot add rice noodles and cook as directed on the package. Typically 5 minutes and then remove, strain, and rinse under cold water
In the other pot add chicken and boil 3-5 minutes. Strain from water and place aside
In a bowl add the Drunken Noodle sauce and mix well, leave set aside
Heat 2 tbsp sesame oil in a large wok over medium heat
Once hot, add peppers, green onion, tomatoes, and yellow onions to the wok and mix
Cook for about 3 minutes and add in chicken, mix well
While the chicken is cooking with the veggies add the sauce and continue to cook 3-5 minutes
Slowly add in rice and zucchini noodles and carefully mix well
Once mixed well and brought up to a good temperature remove from the flame and serve
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  • Iritoren Iritoren on Aug 15, 2020

    Hi, thank you, it sounds a delicious recipe. I will try it vegan, though - with soy cubes instead of the chicken. Will do this within a few weeks (moving...), and will try to remember to get back and tell you how we liked it (I'm sure we will) :) Irit.

  • JoAnn JoAnn on Jan 16, 2021

    It looks yummie!