Chicken With Udon Noodles


Chicken With Udon Noodles is a delicious Asian-inspired dish that can be prepared in under an hour. The recipe yields six servings and requires the following ingredients: 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 4 cups water, 1 pack udon noodles, 1 can sliced baby corn, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp minced garlic mixed with 1 tsp cornstarch.

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Udon Noodles

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


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1 teaspoon peanut oil, plus more as needed

2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons soy sauce 

3 scallions, white and green parts separated and sliced on the bias

3 scallions, white and green parts separated and sliced on the bias 

2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped 

One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated 

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and cut into brunoise

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and cut into brunoise 

2 medium carrots, julienned 

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 

1 cup chiffonade Napa cabbage 

1/2 cup edamame 

Kosher salt

1 pound fresh udon noodles 

Sesame oil, for drizzling

1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped 

Cilantro, for garnish Add to Shopping List


  1. Coat a large, straight-sided saute pan set over medium heat with the peanut oil and toss in the chicken and 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, then remove and reserve for later use.
  2. Add in the white scallion pieces, garlic, ginger and jalapenos. Add in a splash more of the oil and cook over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes. Toss in the carrots and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Toss in the mushrooms and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce and the vinegar, and then add the cabbage, edamame and the reserved chicken, and cook 1 minute longer. Sprinkle in the green scallions.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Toss in the noodles, swishing them around with a pair of tongs so they don’t stick together, and cook until soft, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the noodles to the pan, stir to combine and cook until the noodles are hot and nicely coated. Add a drop of sesame oil, then transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the peanuts and cilantro to serve.

Hoisin Chicken Udon Noodles

Hoisin Chicken Udon Noodles – a delicious plate of sweet yet a bit spicy plate of steaming hot noodles with chicken and mushrooms, in under 30 minutes.

a hand pulling up some noodles with chop sticks from a plate full of hoisin chicken with udon noodles

I’m simply in love with these Udon noodles. They’re sweet, they’re spicy and they’re loaded with chicken and mushrooms. Now I know some of you peeps out there don’t love mushrooms, so replace them with broccoli and they’ll be just as yummy.

Ever since I’ve discovered these Udon Noodles, I’ve been obsessed with them. Every time I go to the grocery store and pass by them, I have to pick some up, and love coming up with different ideas to serve them. Well to serve them to myself, since hubs isn’t a fan of noodles, but more for me. The leftovers make a yummy lunch the next day, so it’s all good.

This recipe is so simple and I just love this dish. In 20 or 25 minutes you can have lunch or dinner on the table, and you’ll be enjoying a delicious plate of sweet yet a bit spicy steaming hot noodles. You can’t go wrong!

What are Udon noodles?

This style of noodle is made from wheat flour and is a thick style of noodle, meaning it’s perfect for slurping and soaking up delicious sauces. And speaking of delicious sauces, there’s just something about this hoisin based dish, a super popular Chinese condiment used for dipping and sauces. Believe me when I say this dish is flavor packed.

overhead shot of all the ingredients needed to make hoisin chicken udon noodles


Keep scrolling down to the recipe card for a list of FULL ingredient amounts and instructions or click the “Jump to Recipe” button at the top of the page!

  • Udon – These noodles are available either cooked or dried, I recommend using fresh.
  • Chicken – Breast cubed up, skinless and boneless if you please.
  • Olive oil – We want a nice neutral tasting oil to cook up our chicken in.
  • Sesame oil – Such an amazing flavor bomb ingredient, definitely be sure to pick some up!
  • Garlic – Use as much or little as you like.
  • Onions – We’re just using freshly chopped green onions today – easy!
  • Ginger – Freshly grated, this is such a wonderful aromatic addition.
  • Mushrooms – I kept it simple today with some sliced white mushrooms but feel free to use cremini or button if you’d prefer.
  • Sauces – We’re using regular old soy sauce, dark soy sauce, hot sauce, and hoisin today. You can find all these sauces in the Asian aisle in your grocery store.
  • Broth – Low sodium chicken broth to offer some flavor and liquid to our dish. Be sure it’s low sodium as we want to control the salt in our dish.
  • Seasoning – Just some pepper.
detailed process shots showing how to make hoisin chicken udon noodles

How to make hoisin chicken udon noodles

  1. Cook the noodles: Blanch udon noodles in boiling water for about 1 to 2 minutes or if using dry noodles cook according to package instructions. Drain well and immediately rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. Make the sauce: Add all the sauce ingredients together to a bowl and whisk until combined.
  3. Saute the sauteables: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or a wok. Add the chicken pieces and cook until chicken is no longer pink and starts to brown slightly. Add the mushrooms and cook for a couple more minutes until mushroom are starting to brown.
  4. Finish the dish: Add the udon noodles and prepared sauce to the wok, toss everything together well and cook until the noodles are heated through. Garnish with green onions and serve hot.
sideview shot of hoisin chicken udon noodles in a blue wok

Do I have to use chicken breast?

If you don’t want to I’m not here to force you! You can always substitute this ingredient for boneless and skinless chicken thighs, beef, shrimp or even tofu.

No hoisin?

Well no problem, there’s a few substitutes available, lucky you. You can substitute the hoisin for plain BBQ sauce, or oyster sauce. Hoisin is a great sauce to have on hand so I recommend picking up a bottle when you can!

overhead shot of hoisin chicken udon noodles in a white bowl garnished with green onions

Not an udon fan?

Well in that case you can always substitute the noodles for bucatini pasta like I did in this recipe. You can also use ramen noodles or rice noodles. Just be sure to closely follow the package directions for preparing these different noodles.


These noodles will keep for 3 – 4 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. I wouldn’t recommend freezing this dish as the noodles don’t thaw well after time in the freezer.

Chicken Udon Stir Fry

Chicken Udon Stir Fry is easy to make, tastes fresh, and our family loves it.

Tender chunks of chicken, heaps of fresh veggies, and thick udon noodles are tossed in a simple homemade sauce.

Use this recipe as a base to clean out the veggies in your fridge because almost anything goes!

top view of cooked Udon Stir Fry

Savory Udon Stir Fry

  • In this udon noodle stir fry, cooked noodles are added stir-fried chicken and vegetables for a 30 minute meal.
  • The sauce is the key to any stir fry and in this recipe it’s slightly sweet and spicy but super fast to make.
  • This recipe is so versatile. Replace the chicken with tofu, pork, beef, or shrimp.
  • Best of all get your fill of healthy veggies and use what you love or what is in your fridge!
ingredients to make Udon Stir Fry

What are Udon Noodles?

Udon noodles are thick, white, and slightly chewy wheat noodles that are commonly found in Japanese dishes. They are very mild flavored and absorb any flavor of the ingredients that they are cooked with, making them excellent for stir-fries.

You can find udon noodles in almost any grocery store near the other Asian ingredients and you can also order them online and they are stored on the shelf or in a cupboard. The udon noodles in this recipe come in a vacuum-sealed package (fresh or frozen will work).

Other Ingredients

SAUCE A sweet sauce, almost like a teriyaki sauce, has a little ginger, siracha, and soy. Adding some cornstarch will make the sauce thicker, making it cling to the noodles, vegetables, and chicken.

If you don’t have the ingredients for a homemade sauce, you can use a premade stir fry sauce or even teriyaki sauce.

CHICKEN AND VEGGIES Boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts are both great choices for stir-fries. We find thighs to be more flavorful, juicy, and won’t dry out as quickly as chicken breast.

VARIATIONS Replace the chicken with some stir fry beef, shrimp, or pork. Make it a vegetarian meal by changing out the meat for some tofu.

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