Sesame Chicken Shirataki Noodle Stir-Fry Recipe {Gluten-Free}

by valentina on May 28, 2013

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I’m just going to get right to it today.

Melissa’s Produce sent me a bag of Shirataki Noodles to try.  I had never had them before so I was super excited to work with them.  (You know how I get with new and interesting ingredients!)  Well it turns out that I love these noodles.

I am loving them for several reasons.  Shirataki Noodles, made from a yam-like plant called Konnyaku or Konjac, are essentially calorie-free, with a fair amount of fiber and traces of calcium and iron. They’re incredibly versatile as they absorb other flavors that are added to them.  Though similar to rice noodles, they are a bit heartier and have a slightly denser texture.  Shirataki Noodles are fantastic for gluten-free eaters. (Like my son and husband, who love them!)
While you can get Shirataki “Spaghetti” Noodles, and Shiratake “Fettucine” Noodles, don’t be fooled, they’re not one bit Italian — they’re a quintessential Japanese food.  You can use them as you would Soba or Udon in soups and stir-fries, like this one.  Just look how gorgeous those ingredients are!

This dish is quick and easy to prepare so it’s a perfect side or main course for a casual dinner party.  Oooh, it would be so delicious tonight!

Sesame Chicken Shirataki Noodle Stir-Fry Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 1 to 2

This dish can be served hot, warm or cold. It's delicious all ways!


1 (8-ounce) package Shirataki (Spaghetti) Noodles

Grapeseed oil for the pan

3/4 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup pea sprouts

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 small clove)

1/2 teaspoon ginger pulp

1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and green portions (about 2 scallions)

1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves

1/4 cup shredded, cooked chicken

2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce

1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2 to 1 teaspoon chile paste (I like Sambal Oelek)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Open the bag of noodles -- you'll notice a fishy odor, but don't worry, as this is easily removed by rinsing and boiling the noodles. Open the bag directly into a strainer and rinse with cold water. Then place the noodles in a small saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer the noodles for 15 minutes. Then drain, return them to the pan, cover and set aside. (The boiling step isn't imperative, but I prefer it -- rinsing is essential!)
  2. Coat a medium-sized sauté pan with the oil and place it over medium heat. Add the carrots, pea sprouts, garlic and ginger and stir to combine. Sauté until the carrots are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the scallions, chicken and cilantro. Stir to combine and turn off the heat.
  4. In a tiny bowl, mix the soy sauce with the sesame oil, chile paste and sugar. Pour this over the noodles and then add them to the sauté pan. Turn the heat on to low, add the toasted sesame seeds and gently toss all of the ingredients together. Once everything is warm, after a couple of minutes, remove from the pan from the heat.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This is not a sponsored post — Melissa’s Produce sent me Shirataki Noodles for recipe testing.  All opinions are my own. :-)

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tessa May 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

OMG! Yum. This looks amazing!


valentina May 29, 2013 at 4:15 am

Tessa, thank you! :-)


Colette @ JFF! May 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Valentina, this is a great dish, especially to take to the office for lunch.


valentina May 29, 2013 at 4:15 am

As always, Colette, you make me smile. xo


Belle Rose May 30, 2013 at 4:19 am

Valentina, your Sesame Chicken Shirataki Noodle Stir Fry recipe looks so awesome and delicious. I plan to try it this week and I would be using my favorite shirataki noodles, Miracle Noodles. They are a staple at our house, great variety in shapes, zero calories and carbs, no soy, gluten or sodium! Their Facebook page is so amazing with simple healthy recipes from all over the world! Thank you for your interesting site!


Jarome May 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

Looks like chapchae! I’m sure it’s hell of delicious. Thanks for making me starve. :)


Dana @ FoodieGoesHealthy May 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Valentina- I love this kind of comforting Asian stir fry. I’m curious to try the pea shoots. Looks amazing.


valentina May 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks Dana, I love the pea shoots — delicious both raw and slightly cooked. :-)


David June 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Even for those of us who aren’t gluten-free, this sounds like a perfec summer supper! I love that it will have a good bite from the sambal oelek! And a bit of sweet and a bit of sour. Total umami!


valentina June 6, 2013 at 1:06 am

I can’t imaging my life in the kitchen without Sambal Oelek! ;-)


Sarah November 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Love how quick and easy your recipes are… so accessible to everyday folks but rates that make them seem so much more involved. Can’t wait to try this out for our potluck dinner with friends tonight. Yum!


valentina November 25, 2013 at 6:52 am

Thanks so much, Sarah! I hope this was a hit at the potluck dinner! :-)


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