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Yaki udon is an easy Japanese stir fried udon noodle recipe ready in 20 minutes! Stir fried udon noodles with a savory 5 ingredient yaki udon noodle sauce.

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Yaki udon noodles is one of my favorite weeknight meals lớn make because it"s so fast & easy to make! The yaki udon noodle sauce is only 5 ingredients, and the udon noodles are ready to stir fry in under 5 minutes. Throw in any vegetables & protein you"d lượt thích because these stir fried udon noodles are super versatile and taste good with just about anything. Also they"re ready in trăng tròn minutes, start khổng lồ finish!

For this recipe, I used ground chicken for chicken yaki udon but you can also use ground beef or pork. Seafood would work as well.

What is Yaki Udon?

Yaki udon is a stir fried Japanese udon noodle dish made with an assortment of vegetables và protein. It"s stir fried with a savory sauce made of soy sauce and mirin. This is different from yakisoba because they are made with different noodles. Yakisoba is also a stir fried Japanese noodles dish but the noodles used are much thinner. But this is not khổng lồ be confused with soba noodles which are actually made out of buckwheat flour.

What is Yaki Udon Made of?

Yaki udon is made using Japanese udon noodles. Udon noodles are a thick, chewy wheat noodles made with wheat flour, water, và salt. However, it"s not gluten không tính tiền like the rice noodles you see in many stir fries. Udon noodles are vegan và dairy free, but always check the ingredients as there can be different additives that vary per brand.

Is Yaki Udon healthy?

Udon noodles are usually made with very few ingredients - wheat flour, water, & salt. As Yaki udon is made with an assortment of vegetables và protein, this can be made into a healthy meal with protein, fiber, và carbs. For this recipe, I used ground chicken for a lighter option. Nutrition information for this chicken yaki udon can be found under the recipe instructions.

Yaki udon is a great way to use frozen udon noodles because they"re excellent in stir fries. Frozen udon noodles are great to have on hand for quick meals because they cook quickly, and according khổng lồ how you cook them, retain the chewy texture of udon noodles pretty well.

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For this recipe I used pre-cooked udon noodles you find vacuum packed in plastic. These are typically found in the refrigerated or frozen section of your Asian grocery store. If you have freshly made or dried udon noodles, cook them according to the packet directions but subtract 1 minute since you’ll be cooking them more in the stir fry. Be sure khổng lồ rinse them in cold water afterwards và drizzle on a little oil if you"re not using them right away.

How to lớn Cook Udon Noodles for Stir Frying

These instructions are for vacuum packaged udon noodles (pictured above) you find in the refrigerator or frozen section of your Asian grocery store.

Better khổng lồ Use Frozen Udon Noodles

If you can, freeze the pre-cooked udon noodle packet ahead of time before cooking. If not, you can use them straight from the fridge as well. But after several experiments, I found that frozen udon noodles have a slightly better texture in this dish. More on this below:

How & Why to Use Frozen Udon Noodles

Using frozen udon helps the udon noodles get that chewy texture they"re known for and also prevents them from becoming mushy và overcooked.

Drop your (frozen or unfrozen) udon noodles in rapidly boiling water. Once they’re in the boiling water, the water temperature will decrease & stop boiling because the udon noodles are cold. That’s okay & is a good thing because this prevents them from overcooking, & the water is just hot enough to separate the noodles. Udon noodle texture should be chewy yet soft. Stir the noodles gently until each noodle strand is separated and flexible. This should take 1 - 2 minutes.

Do not overcook your noodles since they already come precooked in the packets & overcooking them will make them too soft và mushy. Try not khổng lồ pry apart the noodles as this can tear them, just wait for them to separate on their own & give them a gentle stir. 

As soon as the noodles separate và become pliable, take them out of the hot water & then rinse them under cold water.

How lớn Separate Udon Noodles & Prevent Clumping

If you don"t plan using them right away, toss with a little drizzle of oil khổng lồ keep them from sticking together. This should separate the udon noodles và keep them from drying out & clumping together. 


This makes great leftovers và reheats really well. Store leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up khổng lồ 3 days.

I hope you make this chicken yaki udon, stir fried udon noodles! Please share, rate, and phản hồi below. I’d love to lớn hear from you!

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