Sesame Chicken Stir-fry

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 16, 2010


(BTW I have loved hearing your do’s and don’t’s when it comes to convenience foods!)

It was one of those days.  It started too early. It was filled with distractions. And a few schedule changes. And it left me in no mood to cook.  Y’all have those days too, right?

There is but one option for dinner on a day like today.  And no, it’s not take-out!

A one-dish, one-skillet dinner…straight from the pantry/freezer!

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken ($1.50)
1 package Thai Kitchen Sesame Rice Noodles ($3) * I regularly see coupons for this product line!
1 package frozen stir-fry vegetables ($1)

*Package included sesame oil, rice noodles and seasoning. If I were to make this without the package, I would have use 1 Tbsp sesame or peanut oil, 2 Tbsp sesames, 2 Tbsp chopped peanuts, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper to taste, in place of the seasonings that came with the package.  Would be more economical if you used about 1/2 lb. of thin spaghetti noodles!

1. Follow the directions on the box to cook the rice noodles in a large skillet or wok, set aside once cooked.

2. In the same large skillet or wok, stirfry the frozen vegetables, the cooked chicken and the seasonings in some oil.  Add in the cooked rice noodles and stirfry for 3-4 more minutes.

3. Serve Sesame Chicken Stir-fry.

Cost $5.50

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Rinnie March 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm



Michelle March 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I am gluten free and quite frankly, I think that using the Thai Kitchen noodles (with a coupon or sale) is probably cheaper than buying specialty pasta! I need to double check the bigger boxes, but many of the individual serving packages are GF.

I normally cook from scratch too, but sometimes we all need a little help and this looks yummy!


designHer Momma March 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

this looks fantastic – and unfortunately would qualify as an “momma went all out” dinner.


Megan March 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I feel like I have those days every other day! I still need to learn how to stay away from the drive threw though. Great job.


Miranda March 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

This is the first time i have been at this site…I truly enjoy it. I appreciate saving money….


Alta March 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I don’t buy those Thai Kitchen noodles very often, but they’re a lifesaver when I do. There are gluten-free varieties, and they still come in cheaper than buying a prepared frozen product! Woohoo!


Lee March 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Which store do you buy the Sesame Rice Noodles in? I have never seen them.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 18, 2010 at 7:38 am


My Kroger store has them on the “Ethnic Aisle”…ask if your store carries the Thai Kitchen product line.


The Prudent Homemaker March 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm

You could also substitute a couple of packages of ramen noodles, minus the seasonings! I make stir fry that way, with leftover turkey.


Kelly December 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I know this is several months too late, but just a heads up, the Sesame Rice Noodles flavor from Thai Kitchen is *not* gluten free. They do make gluten free varieties you could substitute (which is what I’m trying) or you could try the seasoning substitutions making sure you use gf soy sauce.


Jenni October 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Sorry to break your bubble but Soy Sauce is NOT GLUTEN FREE


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