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Easy Gochujang Noodles with Vegetables and Chicken (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This is a healthy, comforting dish with lots of vegetables and chicken in a delicious umami flavored, slightly spicy sauce. Gluten free, dairy free and a vegan option.




Noodles Chicken and Vegetables

  • 7 ounces rice noodles (1/2 package) or cassava noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame or avocado oil
  • 1 pound humanely raised ground chicken or 8 ounces tempeh crumbles (instructions below)*
  •  sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups broccoli cut into florets
  • 4 cups spinach, tightly packed
  • cilantro, scallions or whatever herbs you like for topping
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare noodles. Boil water in a large pot, add noodles. Cook 4-6 minutes until tender but firm, drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. Whisk the sauce ingredients (except the extra broth) in a small bowl. It will be thick.
  3. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat.  Add chicken. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir to break the chicken apart and sauté 1 minute. Add broccoli. Sauté 2-3 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.
  5. Add sauce and cooked noodles, to the pan, mix to coat with the sauce. Keep over medium heat.
  6. Add spinach, mix until the spinach is wilted, 1-2 minutes. Add water or broth to thin the sauce, a little at a time, to get the sauciness that you like (I usually add about 1 cup)
  7. Serve in bowls topped with cilantro, scallions, and sesame seeds.


Tempeh Crumbles 

  1. Bring a medium pot of shallow water to a simmer.
  2. Add the block of tempeh and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the tempeh and pat it dry.
  4. Allow the block to cool, and when it’s cool enough to handle, crumble it into pieces (whatever size you like—they can be big crumbles or smaller crumbles).
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  6. Add the tempeh, season with salt and pepper. Cook the tempeh for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often, or until it’s lightly browned, adding a little extra oil as needed. Continue with the recipe as written above.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan Option