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Chinese Chicken Spaghetti

This is a wonderful spaghetti stir fry with perfectly balanced flavors.

Often times I make this dish with frozen pea mixed vegetables instead of fresh carrot and snow peas. I like a lot of vegetables in a stir fry. I have made this dish with both fresh ginger and ground ginger and I like it both ways. If I am in a budget pinch then I use frozen vegetables and ground ginger. 

I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it can also be found online.

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If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $31.64 as of September 2022.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $15.51.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 6

Serving size: 1 cup

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and prep bowls 

Total time: 20~30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. A fully stocked pantry will give you a savings of about $16.13.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $16.13 as of September 2022

  • canola oil $3.67
  • corn starch $1.54
  • red pepper flakes $2.72
  • sesame oil $3.22
  • soy sauce $1.58
  • sugar $2.12
  • white vinegar $1.28


Total: $15.51 as of September 2022

  • 1 box spaghetti noodles $0.92
  • 1 pound chicken breast $9.05
  • 8 oz snow peas $2.78
  • 1 pound carrots $0.98
  • 1 bunch green onions $0.88
  • 1 small fresh ginger $0.90

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook 10 oz of pasta to package directions. I weigh my pasta using a kitchen scale
  2. Heat pan over high heat with 1/2 tablespoon canola oil. Add chicken and stir fry until chicken reaches 165°. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  3. Add 1/2 tablespoon canola oil to the pan and stir fry snow peas and carrots for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add green onions, ginger and red pepper flakes for about 2 minutes. 
  5. Return chicken to the pan then add the noodles. 
  6. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and stir everything together. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 3 – Family of 4

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