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Lightened Up {Pioneer Woman} Simple Sesame Noodles + Chicken

[ 4 ] June 18, 2012 |

This dish has long been a favorite of my family, ever since I first drooled over it on the Pioneer Woman’s website. I ordered the ingredients online yesterday when we returned home from our Florida trip {don’t judge. tired momma.}, and decided that since I love my husband so much, I would slave away all day in the kitchen for Father’s Day. {Not really, this dish is super-easy and quick, but he doesn’t have to know that.} The large amount of oils in this recipe has scared me away a bit since I began trying to trim my middle… so I challenged myself to lighten the noodles up a bit, while still maintaining the flavor. I also threw in some chicken to up the protein. Judging by the husband and four kids, the lightened up version is a total hit!


Lightened Up {Pioneer Woman} Simple Sesame Noodles

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 361.9 g

Lightened Up {Pioneer Woman} Simple Sesame Noodles


12 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti pasta
1/4 C Soy Sauce
4 tsp Sugar
4 cloves Garlic
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
3 Tbsp Pure Sesame Seed Oil
1 1/2 tsp Hot Chili Oil
3 Tbsp Canola Oil
4 chopped Green Onions
2 Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Skinless

Step by Step

  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-size chunks.
  2. Cook thoroughly. (I added a dash of seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, as well as some garlic & onion powder)
  3. Prepare noodles as directed.
  4. While noodles and chicken are cooking, whisk together all other ingredients (minus the green onions).
  5. Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss together, coating noodles.
  6. Add in chicken and green onions, toss again.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


Calories 444 Calories from Fat 156 Total Fat 17.3g Saturated Fat 2.6g Cholesterol 49mg Sodium 417mg Total Carbohydrates 44.5g Dietary Fiber 6.3g Sugars 3.2g Protein 27.5g Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 4% Calcium 3% • Iron 18%

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Recipe adapted from Ree, the Pioneer Woman.

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Category: Main Dish, Pasta, Poultry

About Lissa: Melissa is the Co-Founder the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and the Shrinking Kitchen. She has been married to a wonderful man forever and is mother to six amazing children (17,14, 10, 10 and 2 and a foster baby!). Melissa has reached her goal weight, and is now trying to find ways to fit fitness into her crazy busy schedule. She loves kickboxing and hates running, even though she has completed 4 half-marathons. When Melissa isn't helping her little girl battle her brain tumors (Love for Jazmine Joy), she loves to travel, laugh, tend to her chickens, and dream of sunshine and mountains. View author profile.