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Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Chinese Vegetables Recipe

by Jeanette on February 21, 2012 · 148 Comments
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Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Chinese Vegetables

Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy

When I first started introducing whole grains to my kids, I have to admit I was a bit sneaky. I’d use white whole wheat bread in French toast, sandwiches and grilled cheese. I also made fried rice using brown rice since I figured my kids would think the rice was brown because of the soy sauce.

Over time my kids have gotten used to heartier whole grains, whole grain bread and whole grain pasta. In fact, last fall, one of my sons actually reported back that he chose the brown bread over white bread for his sandwich at school because he had a cross country meet that afternoon. See, kids actually do pay attention more than we think.

What made me decide to transition my kids to whole grains you might ask? The reason is simple: I want to instill healthy eating habits in my kids while they’re still living at home. After all, whole grains can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend all of us consume half or more of our grains as whole grain, with adults and kids age 9 and up, getting at least 3 to 5 servings of whole grains every day. For younger children, the recommendation is 2 to 3 servings or more. A serving size is an ounce, which equals one slice of bread, a half cup of cooked grain, or a half cup cooked pasta. Fortunately, there are lots of high-quality whole grain products on the market today. Whole grain bread isn’t the rock hard bread I remember from my childhood, and whole grain pastas are available that are more kid friendly.

Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta was one of the first whole grain pastas I introduced to my kids. Made with 51% whole wheat, Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta is all-natural, and has 3 times the fiber (6 grams dietary fiber in one serving) than regular pasta (2 grams dietary fiber). What I like about it is that this whole grain pasta looks and tastes more like the regular pasta kids are used to, making it an easy way to add whole grains and fiber to my family’s diet. Barilla® actually has a taste guarantee-if you don’t love it, you get a free box of their regular pasta. Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Chinese Vegetables When introducing whole grain foods like brown rice or pasta to your family’s diet, I do think it’s important to choose the right ingredients to compliment the textures and heartier flavor of whole grains. For example, I’ve found that spices and briny sauces like soy sauce, oyster sauce and fish sauce work nicely with brown rice, especially when making fried rice.

When serving whole grain pasta, bold, flavorful, heartier sauces and deep-colored sauces work best. For example, a hearty Puttanesca Sauce, Bolognese Sauce, Tomato Paste Sauce, or Italian Tuna Sauce would all go perfectly with whole grain pasta.

One tip I’d offer up when cooking whole grain pasta–be sure to cook it al dente. Don’t overcook it; otherwise it will break down, and the consistency will be mushy. To test this theory of using bold flavorful sauces with whole grain pasta, I made Stir-Fry Chinese Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Vegetables the other night, which had soy sauce and oyster sauce as seasonings. When my boys asked what was for dinner, I simply said, “Chinese noodles with chicken.” No one asked what kind of pasta I used, and I didn’t volunteer it.

As I said in a recent post, sometimes things are best left unsaid (at least until after the first few bites). No leftovers. I think that says it all.

For more information on Barilla® Whole Grain pasta products, check out their entire Whole Grain product line (6 shapes), the Whole Grain Taste Challenge and Whole Grain Dinner Kit for healthy recipe ideas. What do you love about Barilla® Whole Grain?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, I only share brands I use and love!

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Stir-Fry Noodles with Chicken, Shitake Mushrooms and Chinese Vegetables
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast or thigh, trimmed of fat, cut into ¼" wide strips
Chicken Marinade
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or sherry
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon organic sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Stir-Fry Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or other flavorless oil, divided
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 cups baby bok choy, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 fresh shitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps cut in half
  • 2 scallions, trimmed, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 box whole grain thin spaghetti, cooked al dente according to package directions
Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  1. Place chicken strips in a medium bowl. Add Chicken Marinade ingredients and toss well. Set aside (chicken can be left in marinade overnight in the refrigerator).
  2. Heat one tablespoon oil in a wok or large saute pan on medium heat. Add onion and ginger and saute until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add red bell pepper, bok choy, shitake mushrooms and white part of scallions. Continue to saute until bok choy is just tender but still has some crunch, about 2 more minutes. Transfer vegetables to a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in wok. Add marinated chicken to wok and use a spatula to spread the chicken in a single layer. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip chicken pieces over. Cook another 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add cooked spaghetti to wok along with cooked vegetables. Toss until ingredients are mixed together.
  5. Mix together Stir-Fry Sauce and add to wok. Toss noodles until coated with sauce. Continue cooking noodles, tossing until noodles are warmed through.
My kids like to eat these noodles with some Sriracha Sauce on top.

More posts on healthy eating and whole grains:

Whole Grains 101 – Why Whole Grains?
10 Kid-Approved Recipes with Whole Grains
The New 2010 Federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans – Foods and Nutrients to Increase
The New 2010 Federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans – Foods and Food Components to Reduce

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  1. Barilla Whole Grain does not TASTE grainy! Even though my hubby refuses to try it, I love it and I choose it over the regular pasta.

  2. I used to love the texture of whole grain pasta. I’m GF now, but I have been able to find some similar alternatives.

  3. No need to enter me in the contest, but it looks delicious!

  4. I like to choose whole grain pasta over regular when I can and it tastes great!

  5. I love that the Barilla Whole Grain pasta give me the fiber I need while still tasting great!

  6. Brianne Rushing says:
  7. i love it when that happens!!! people just choosing whole grains b/c they prefer it. i always use brown rice when entertaining for ppl hehehe. love the asian spin on these noodles! they would go really well with soba/buckwheat noodles too!

    • What a healthy host – your friends are so fortunate to have you cook for them, I’m sure they appreciate your effort to keep them healthy. Yes, soba/buckwheat noodles would be great too!

  8. What I love about this pasta is that it is WHOLE GRAIN. I feel good feeding my family a much healthier alternative.

  9. Barilla was the first company I tried for whole grain pasta too! I’ve used their spaghetti to make some pretty killer stir fries and seafood dishes. I like that it doesn’t have the blah taste of whole wheat but has way better nutritional value than regular pasta.
    And I actually like the taste of brown rice better than white rice. Always have, for some reason!

  10. I love the GREAT TASTE of Barilla Whole Grain! My kids love it, too, and they’re very picky eaters.

  11. tweet–https://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/172057525208883200

  12. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love the taste of Barilla Whole Grain pasta and that its healthy for you

  13. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  14. I just love how a big company DOES produce a whole grain pasta! It doesn’t seem like that long ago that all you were able to find in a grocery store was white pasta..

  15. courtney b says:

    i love how healthy it is, and how many different meals you can make with it!

  16. I love that it’s tasty and healthy

  17. courtney b says:
  18. It’s delicious and good for you!

  19. amy pugmire says:

    I love that its all natural and a good source of fiber.

  20. amy pugmire says:
  21. Not entering the giveaway, but wanted to comment that your pasta dish looks fabulous! Prior to my gluten-free diet, I used to make Barilla whole grain pasta all the time. Now, even though my kids aren’t gluten-free, we all eat the same quinoa/corn gluten-free pasta. Loved your comment about the soy sauce disguising the brown rice. My kids do like brown rice {even black/purple rice}, but they still prefer white {sourdough} bread to whole wheat. Ah, well…can’t win every time :-)

    • I hear you. Have to choose our battles. My youngest is gluten-free so I give him gluten-free pasta and sometimes I also give it to my other kids, but it is expensive (and they are big eaters), so I make whole grain pasta for the big boys.

  22. Gecille McLarty says:

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain pasta is DELICIOUS! Such a wonderful healthy alternative to regular, blah white pasta.

  23. Looks like stir-fries are another great way to begin the transition to Barilla Whole grain pasta, because like fried rice, the sauce would turn any noodle dark! Great taste, too.

  24. Barilla is a healthful alternative to white pasta, and it’s delicious.

  25. I like the nutty flavor.

  26. I’m a sucker for noodle recipes! Looks like i’ll be trying this out very soon!

  27. I love how you have twirled the noodles. This dish has been beautifully plated. And it looks like a terrific, nutritious meal too. I’m sure this is something my whole family would enjoy.

  28. Christopher Sorel says:

    Love whole wheat and finally have the kids on board. They now prefer it nutty flavor and much better

  29. Christopher Sorel says:
  30. great looking recipes and giveaway! awesome combination!

  31. I tweeted

  32. I always love the flavor in your recipes, Jeanette and this one is no exception. My family would happily gobble this up for dinner.

  33. I love whole wheat pasta because it adds a complexity to the dish so you can add simple ingredients like roasted vegetables and not depend on heavy sauces which I tend to do when I use white pasta.

  34. This recipe looks wonderful, Jeanette! We enjoy Barilla whole grain pastas in our home because I feel good about preparing them for my children….and everyone loves them! Plus, they are easy to find at our local markets!!

  35. Annie Reyes says:

    I love Barilla! I’ve never even noticed the difference between the this and regular pasta!

  36. Karina Lee says:

    i love that something so healthy can taste great too

  37. Karina Lee says:
  38. The noodle stir-fry looks fabulous! Love how you plate it.

  39. what i love about barilla whole grain is that it’s an healthy and tasty alternative to what we were raised on. it makes me feel good that i’m feeding my family something that is better for them.

  40. As a diabetic, I choose whole grain carbs most of the time for health reasons and these are delicious. My family loves them, too

  41. Absolutely love your presentation Jeanette ~ what a gorgeous whole grain dish!

  42. I love that Barilla’s Whole Grain pasta is a healthier version of something we already love! I have to make this stir-fry for my family, your pictures are beautiful.

  43. What a great choice of flavors Jeanette to pair with the earthy flavors of whole grain pasta. The meaty mushrooms are a beautiful addition.

  44. I love that I can eat one of my favorite foods without having to feel guilty about it!!!!
    thanks for a chance to win!
    And, have a GREAT day!

  45. I love stir fry noodles — and my husband always enjoys it more than a bowl of salad. Nothing beats a good stir fry!!

  46. I love how filling the Barilla whole grain pastas are – all the pasta-y goodness, none of the guilt!

  47. I love the taste and texture.

  48. I love whole grain goodness (in moderation of course) and these pastas from Barilla look very tasty!

  49. I just love any kind of pasta but this pasta is so much better for you. Lots of fiber. Love it.
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  50. I love that it has 3 time the amount of fiber of other pastas and made with whole wheat and you can’t tell the difference in taste

  51. i love that it has more fiber!

  52. I’m loving that it doesn’t taste any different than regular pasta and that it is so much better for us overall!

  53. Janice Cooper says:

    I like that it has lots of fiber, all natural and tasty!

  54. Janice Cooper says:
  55. My kids don’t love whole wheat although I am trying to add much more of it in my recipes. Since they like their pasta dishes simple I love that Barilla whole grain pasta does not taste rubbery and overly “healthy” as my daughter puts it!

  56. I like the fact that it’s healthy, plus it tastes great.

  57. I love the taste and texture!

  58. I love the fact that Barilla whole grain pastas offer a healthy and tasty alternative to a typically “unbalanced” meal. I also love how versatile it is! You can use it in both Western and Eastern dishes (as you’ve shown us with this post)! :)

    I’ve also tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/esculentdreams/status/173623557086121985

    Thanks for all your hard work, I really enjoy reading your blog!


  59. I love that Barilla Whole Grain is healthy and tastes good. :)

  60. i like that its an excellent source of fiber and it tastes great too!

  61. I like it’s whole grain and also taste great.
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  62. Deb Harris says:

    I love that Barilla Whole grain pasta tastes so good. I was hesitant to try it but am trying to eat healthier & love pasta. I now use it for all my family’s favorites & no one has complained. I love it.

  63. Deb Harris says:
  64. I like the fact that it’s high fiber and is recommended by the Best Life Diet.

  65. Melissa says:

    I love their wheat pasta because it isn’t sandy and I prefer the taste of whole grains to regular pastas. I will buy 0 pasta if I can’t find my whole grain ones.

  66. Kelly D says:

    I love Barilla Whole Grain because I can enjoy pasta without going off my diet, and it is delicious.

  67. Kelly D says:
  68. i love that it is more nutritious than plain white pasta

  69. A wonderful bowlful of pasta Jeanette!

  70. I love how much healthier it is yet still tastes good
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  71. anna pry says:

    i love that it tastes good

  72. anna pry says:
  73. Susan Smith says:

    I love that this pasta is high in fiber and tastes great.

  74. Susan Smith says:
  75. i like that it still tastes good

  76. MelissaO says:

    I love the nutty flavor though my husband whines when I use whole grain pasta! I am so making this recipe for lunches to take to work!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  77. I love the fact that it delivers three times the fiber of regular pasta and still tastes delicious!

  78. I have to admit that I prefer white pasta, but we’ve made the switch and I love that Barilla is a really great source of fiber for our family’s diet….especially for my sons who eat a lot of the wrong foods when left to their own devices.

  79. I love that it is easy find in most stores and it is tasty.

  80. meredith says:

    i love the health benefits- and it tastes good too!

  81. meredith says:
  82. Sounds delicious and perfect for a busy weeknight meal. I love stir fry especially with a drizzle of Sriracha on top! Can’t wait to try this!

  83. I love the taste

  84. Danielle says:

    I like that it is a healthier alternative to regular noodles.

  85. Erica Best says:

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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  86. Erica Best says:
  87. Christina Tong says:

    I love Barilla’s Whole Grain Pasta because it provides more fiber, it is nutritious and delicious. I have been buying the Barilla’s regular pasta for many years and switched to this whole grain once I tried and love it’s texture.
    Love your recipe, will try it. Thanks for giveaway!


  88. Christina Tong says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/180949025380499456


  89. Leann Lindeman says:

    Pasta that is good for you AND tastes good! Ya can’t go wrong! I won some of this pasta and have gone thru most of it! Yummy!

  90. Jessica F says:

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain has way more fiber than regular pasta!

  91. Jessica F says:
  92. I like that it’s whole grain and reasonably priced. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  93. We love the flavor and the fact it is healthier for us. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  94. linda brooks says:

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain has a variety of shapes and sizes.

  95. linda brooks says:
  96. Gina M Maddox says:

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  97. Gina M Maddox says:

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  98. I love that Barilla® Whole Grain is easy to find at the store and I love the flavor! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  99. This looks really really good! I haven’t tried barilla whole grain yet. We tend to stick with the tricolor ronzoni noodles, but I do think I will have to pick up a box of these next time I visit the grocery store!

  100. I love that it’s healthy and still tastes great!

  101. I ove that it tastes great and it’s healthy too

  102. I love that it tastes great and provides the nutrients and fiber that my family needs

  103. Laurel Fraher says:

    I love barilla whole wheat pasta because it tastes great, it’s hearty, and it’s my daughter’s favorite!

  104. We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

  105. Maria Cantu says:

    I like that it tastes great and not grainy like you would think it would.

  106. I love that its a very well known name brand offering whole grains to the masses. I am a huge proponent of eating whole foods, especially whole grains and have noticed that lots of people have a negative opinion of “health foods.” With the Barilla name comes a guarantee that its going to taste great and hopefully that will get more people to try it and see that eating healthy tastes great!

  107. I love that it’s full of whole grain, fiber and my family loves the taste!

  108. i love Barilla whole grain penne pasta because it’s healthy and delicious!!

  109. Its Good for me as Well as D.. eliciuos!

  110. ewhatley says:

    I use Barilla but haven’t tried the whole grain yet. Guess it’s time to get on that train.

  111. ANGEL JACKLYN says:


  112. ANGEL JACKLYN says:
  113. LAMusing says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I will since they offer a taste guarantee!

  114. I like it’s healthier but still tastes good

  115. I grew up with the taste of regular white pasta and have never been able to switch to whole grain. But Barilla keeps the taste and texture I’m accustomed to with all the healthier benefits. Love it!

  116. I like that it tastes good.
    Thanks for the contest.

  117. I like that it contains three times more fiber than regular pasta.

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  118. I love that with Barilla Whole Grain you don’t have to sacrifice flavor in order to eat healthier. You can seamlessly use Barilla Whole Grain in any of your recipes that call for regular pasta, and no one will know the difference!

  119. Kristen M says:

    I like that it doesn’t taste like cardboard – meaning that I don’t have to work hard to convince my kids to eat it!

  120. Love it! very healthy… :)

  121. Jeanette, I made this for dinner tonight and it was just what we were looking for. It had such wonderful flavor and I do like a dish where the meat is secondary. I have to confess at the last minute, I realized I was out of oyster sauce so I used fish sauce instead. Not the same I’m sure but tasty all the same. I am excited to try it again with there fish sauce. the family loved it!

    • Lena, so glad you tried this and enjoyed it! I love using fish sauce too, great idea as a substitute for oyster sauce.

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