Tiffin Treats – Chicken Noodles with Peanuts

A few of my blog visitors have sent me e-mails requesting me to blog some tiffin recipes for children that are healthy and quick to prepare. I am always on the look out for tiffin recipes/ideas and keep trying new recipes, as I have a 4 year old and need to pack his tiffin box to school and also prepare a tiffin for his evening snack. It’s quite challenging to come up with different recipes each day that are quick-to-fix, filling and provide good nutrition and I try my best to get him to eat different kinds of foods which include vegetables. Its not an easy task, believe me.

My son, Nehal, is very fond of noodles and wants to have them almost every other day as his evening tiffin. I try out different variations so that he doesnt get too bored of the mundane every day noodles. And its a way for me to get him to eat his portion of vegetables, chicken and eggs. Of course not to forget that its easy to prepare, filling and nutritious, as chicken/eggs and veggies are packed into it.

I tried out a chicken noodles recipe, a pleasant change from the usual, marinating chicken juliennes in a dressing of honey, lemon juice, peanut butter and soya sauce. My son just loved the flavor and I was only too happy to serve him more..:). Peanuts gave that crunch, tangy flavor from the lemon juice, a slight hint of sweetness from honey and garlic gave that extra zest to this otherwise standard chicken noodle recipe.

Chicken Noodles With Peanuts Recipe

Prep & Cooking Time: 20 mts Marination – 40 mts

Serves 5-6 persons

Cuisine: Indo-Chinese



1 packet egg noodles (boiled, drained in cold water and tossed in a tsp of oil)

1 tbsp finely chopped garlic cloves

2-3 green chillis slit length wise

1/2 cup spring onions finely sliced

1 large capsicum juliennes (cut into thin strips)

1 tbsp soya sauce

2-3 tbsps coarsely powdered roasted peanuts

salt as required

2-3 tbsps sesame oil or peanut oil

Dressing to marinate chicken:

150-200 gms boneless chicken, julienne

1/2 tbsp soya sauce

2 tbsps crunchy peanut butter

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar)

1 tsp cornflour

1 Marinate the chicken juliennes in the dressing, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 40 mts to an hour.
2 Heat a tbsp of sesame oil in a large wok and once the oil is piping hot, add the marinated chicken and stir fry for two minutes.
3 Reduce to medium heat and cook the chicken for another 10-12 mts or till the chicken juliennes are cooked. Remove and keep aside.
4 Clean the wok and add another tbsp of oil and once it piping hot, add garlic pieces and stir fry for a few seconds. Add the green chillis and onions and stir fry till the oil coats the pieces well for about a minute or two. Keep stirring constantly lest it burns.
5 Add the capsicum juliennes and fry for another mt.
6 Next add the soya sauce and the cooked chicken and combine. Stir fry for a minute.
7 Now add the drained noodles and combine well. Finally add the powdered roasted peanuts and toss to coat. Serve hot.


You can add carrots, beans, green peas and scrambled eggs for variation.

You can also check the following sites for more wonderful and interesting tiffin and lunch box meals/ideas.


Do you have any tiffin/snack recipes or lunch box ideas that you would like to share for the benefit of those looking out for simple, filling and nutritious recipes? Those of you who don’t blog but would love to share your lunch box ideas/recipes, it would be nice if you can send your recipes to sailusfood@gmail.com (try to send pictures too). I want to dedicate a page to tiffins, snacks, lunch-box meals for children that will serve as a helpful resource.

Tiffin Treats – Chicken Noodles with Peanuts

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  noodles
  •   chicken


  • http://foodieshope.blogspot.com Asha

    Beautiful looking tiffin Sailu,bet it tastes equally good too!Thank you for the recipe.

    Have a great holiday and happy new year!:)

  • Jeff

    Boy that looks great…I’d love to have that for lunch today!

  • http://myrasoi.blogspot.com lakshmi

    that looks so good Sailu, lovely.
    happy new year Sailu

  • http://www.aayisrecipes.com shilpa

    Noodles looks very good Sailu. I will update my list with this link. Hope to see more and more kids recipes from you. It is extremely difficult for me to come up with something in that section because I don’t know what kids will like. This would help mothers for tiffin box recipes. Thanks a lot.

  • http://malluspice.blogspot.com/ shaheen

    I can understand ur challenge in coming up with stuff for ur little one.good to see u posting tiffin recipes.Wish u and ur family a very hapy holiday!HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • Radha

    Sailu, Have the same problem too, everyday night I keep thinking what is the next thing i have to cook tomorrow morning for my little one. Since she is just 3 years old, i have to look for something thats not too messy. So i end up trying different sandwiches for her.

  • http://cookingpleasure.blogspot.com meena kandlakuti

    Hi Sailu,
    Even my son loves to eat noodles. But right now I just fixed with maggie noodles though I know those are not much healthy. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. I will surely try this for my son. By the way, 2 days ago, I cooked your cauliflower curry with tomatoes. Though I knew the recipe with little changes, I followed urs exactly …it came out well. Thanks for sharing all of them and good luck on the tiffin section.

  • http://whenmysoupcamealive.blogspot.com sra

    Hi Sailu! Happy hols and a happy new year to you and your family!

  • http://manpasand.blogspot.com krithika

    Tiffin challenges ?? can totally understand. Noodles look lovely.

  • http://anthonyskitchen.blogspot.com tony

    Merry Christmas Dear Friend!!

  • http://ahaar.blogspot.com mandira

    The chicken noodle looks absolutely delicious. Let me bring my fork to the table ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also saving your karela recipe… will defintely try that too.
    Happy Holidays!

  • http://bongcookbook.blogspot.com sandeepa

    Love noodles both me and my 3 year old. Though I have never tried peanuts usually I put a lot of veggies in my noodles
    Happy New Year!

  • http://foodnewbie.blogspot.com sudha

    Lovely noodles sailaja.

    I Wish this New Year brings Health, Happiness and Good times to you and to your family.


  • http://isouthpotpourri.blogspot.com shynee

    Wish you too a wonderful New Year filled with the richest blessings and happiness all through out…

  • http://mtastes.blogspot.com/ Lera

    Sailaja, thanks for your wishes! Noodles are really yummmmmm ! oooh! I can smell the aroma…:)

    Wishing you and your family a Happy and prosperous New year (2007 )! May this Year make all your dreams come true…my hugzzzzzzzz to nehal and smiles to you all ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great time!

  • http://neelusutopia.blogspot.com Neelu

    Hey Sailu- Wish you too a happy new yr- thanks for your wishes !
    easily can have for lunch especially when husbands are not around, its boring to eat a complete traditional indian lunch alone!

  • http://www.passion-for-food.blogspot.com Vini K

    Hi Sailaja,

    Wish you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year,dear.Your idea about dedicating a page to tiffins for kids is great!I will see what I can come up with.

    Best wishes for a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2007!

    Vini,Venkat,and Ananya

  • http://kitchenwonders.blogspot.com Sumitha

    Noodles look yummy Sailu!
    Thank you for your wishes and wishing you and your family a healthy and happy new year.
    Sailu I love reading abt Ayurvedic nutrition in your site.Plz do post more under the same.

  • http://momsrecipesandmore.blogspot.com/ chanit

    Sailu my dear
    It makes me hungry, even after a heavy meal now..
    I wish you the best for the new year 2007 ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Roli

    I am extremely impressed by your website and how well you have maintained it. With two little kids and a full time job in the US, it is hard to stay on top of everyday cooking let alone specialty cooking. But going through the simple recipes here and the delectable pictures have revived my passion for cooking different variety of food. I am going to try at least one recipe from here every week. I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication to Indian cooking and making these recipes available to all of us. YUMMY!!

  • Supriya

    This recipe looks yummy, but i wanted to know the exact brand of egg noodles you use. The Egg noodles available here are very thick and curly. Also let me know which store you buy this from…thanks

    Supriya, these egg noodles are available in all major grocery stores in India. I don’t have an idea about their availability abroad.

  • Vandana Agarwalla

    Hi, I have you on my browser tab ever since I discovered your website!! It’s amazing what one can do with passion. You are a true inspiration, Sailu. Thank you.

    I would like to try this noodles recipe but what to replace the chicken with?? I am a vegetarian!! And as you can see not a very imaginative or inspired cook.


    Thank you for your kind words, Vandana. You can use any kind of veggie, boiled sweet corn or boiled and shredded soya nuggets also will do.

  • bindya

    Hi, thankyou very much for ur wonderful recepies. I have tried lots of urs recepies , it is really brilliant.

    I would like to know what is this crunchy peanut butter ? is it available in the stores? I know creamy peanut butter which is available in the store, is that the same?

    Peanut butter with bits of peanuts in it is what I meant by crunchy peanut butter.

  • http://towardsabettertomorrow.blogspot.com/ Kay

    Sailu, I tried it last week and it was sooooooooo good! so good that I’m making it again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the yummilicious recipe. It’s a keeper.

  • http://towardsabettertomorrow.blogspot.com/ Kay

    and Oh, my 18 mo dd loved it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Preety


    love your recipes. pictures are also great. the way you make it seem as if it is all very simple. i love to cook your dishes and they turn out very well. infact, i am no big cook but then i feel great when my family compliments me for the cooking. thanks, keep going.

  • meena

    i tried egg noodles when i tasted it smelled egg.is there anything that could be done to avoid it.

  • Suhani

    Thanks aunty sailaja…your great!:)

  • Sarita

    Hi Sailu

    can you advise the weight in grams for 1 packet egg noodles


    • Sailu

      Its difficult to mention in grams, Sarita. For this recipe, use 3 cups of cooked noodles.

  • Sarita

    Hi Sailu

    Thanks for the reply to my previous question. I tried out the noodles and they came out very tasty. My son – same age as Nehal – enjoyed them and asked me to make some more next time

    However the dish turned out very dry. Also the chicken got burned in the pan. Is the oil mentioned very less?

    It turned out very tasty though.

    • Sailu

      Increase the quantity of oil used in the recipe and keep tossing the chicken so
      that it does not burn.

  • Latha

    Congrats friend!
    what a helpful site.
    Thanks a lot!

    pls keep posting.
    happy new year!

    ur fan,

  • anaita

    what to say?As I love noodles I tried this one
    And everyone liked it especially my daida.
    It is healthy and quick to prepare

  • http://twitter.com/naagurinchinags nags

    I made this on Saturday and followed the recipe line by line..and as expected, it was a huge hit…my better half gave me 9/10 for this..the 1 was taken away for lack of creativity during presentation ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks so much !