Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Bowls



Happy Mother’s Day to all the special ladies out there; and a very special Happy Mother’s Day to my own mom, who I can’t be with today :(. My, oh my. Where do I begin? It’s been such a busy week/weekend, and I am ready to RELAX! I am definitely a homebody. Of course, I enjoy going out to dinner, and I do frequent the local breweries quite often, but I just love being at home. You can imagine my excitement when I was able to spend today at home. This is due partly to the winter storm that is going on in my backyard! We knew it was coming, but I don’t think any of us really wanted to believe it. I mean we all know that we COULD get snow in May. It happened last year, but it didn’t happen this late in May. Well, that’s Colorado for ya. Hopefully it will be sunny and 75 by the middle of the week. I’m crossing my fingers at least! I thought this was the perfect recipe to post on a cold and snowy day. I love noodle bowls. They are perfect for a weeknight meal and are super quick to make. This bowl in particular is loaded with chicken and broccoli, and it’s topped with cashews, a cashew vinaigrette and sesame seeds. It’s a fun take on a thai-style dish, and you can get as creative as you want with it! It’s a great dish to use up any leftover meat or veggies you have stocked up in the fridge. The recipe and a delicious pairing are below, so read ahead!







Beer Love:
Beer: Bristol Brewing’s Compass IPA
Brewed By: Bristol Brewing
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 55
Description:Bristol Brewing’s Compass IPA is a hop-lover’s dream. It’s loaded with Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops making it the perfect IPA for these chicken and broccoli noodle bowls. I get a lot of floral notes from this IPA, with a slight malty sweetness and very light citrus notes. It’s everything you want in an IPA and more. I like IPAs for Thai-inspired dishes. It compliments the spice very well, and although it is very robust in flavor, it does not take away from the dish. In fact, it enhances the flavors. This beer is native to CO and is limited to this area, so any great IPA will do. Go local!


I hope everyone had a great weekend!







Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Bowls
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Bowls

A simple and flavorful, weeknight meal, these chicken and broccoli noodle bowls are quick and delicious!


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup cashew butter (peanut butter or almond butter may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (more as needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • salt
  • 4 cups broccoli, steamed
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked through and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup cashews, chopped (peanuts or almonds may be substituted)
  • sesame seeds (garnish)
  • cilantro (garnish)


  • Begin by preparing your vinaigrette. In a medium bowl, combine the water, coconut milk, rice wine vinegar, peanut butter (cashew butter or almond butter), tamari, lime juice, cilantro, canola oil, black pepper, ground cumin and red pepper flakes. Whisk vigorously until the dressing is smooth. Set aside. The dressing may be made ahead of time and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt and add the rice noodles. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • Assemble your bowls by placing rice noodles on the bottom and top with broccoli and chicken. Drizzle the dressing on top and garnish with cashews and sesame seeds.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Hardware: * Measuring Cups * Measuring Spoons * Medium Bowl * Whisk * Large Stock Pot * Strainer *


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Categories: Chicken, Food and Beer Pairings, Healthy, Main Course, Recipes, Sauces (and more), Thai
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8 thoughts on “Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Bowls

  • May 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I love your blog Justine!! You are just fabulous. Your photos are phenomenal. True confession: I’ve never cooked with rice noodles. wth? I’ll send you some Meyer lemons if you send me some rice noodles :) I HAVE to try this. Any dish that calls for a cup of cashews, I’m in. Thanks for stopping by my blog Justine!

  • May 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Haha, thank you Karen! I totally enjoy your wit. You are just hysterical. Confession: I have only just RECENTLY started cooking with rice noodles! Gasp! I will totally do an honest trade with you though. Thank you so much for stopping by. <3

  • May 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I could totally go for a bowl of these noodles as I sit here watching more snow and hoping all the branches on our trees don’t break (so far two broken). I love that you used cashew butter instead of the usual peanut butter in the sauce, I’m a huge fan of cashews! How about I bring over the cheesecakes and you make these noodles, deal? ;-)

  • May 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    What a yummy sounding dish! I love all the flavors you have going on, especially with the crunchy cashews! And the brew sounds great too. Pinning! Hoping the snow’s already melted for you and you’re enjoying some sunshine now!

  • May 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hopefully the snow is starting to melt where you are at! Ours is basically gone, which is amazing :). I will totally trade with you! I’m dying for some of those mini cheesecakes!

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