March 19, 2014

Sesame Noodles with Shredded Chicken and Vegetables

Filed under: Asian, Main Dishes, Pasta .

One thing I love doing is making authentic tasting ethnic dishes at home.  When I saw this recipe for sesame noodles with shredded chicken and vegetables, I knew they’d be delicious.  I was right- and I really loved how authentic tasting they were-they tasted like something I’d order.

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I served this cold because I prefer my peanut noodles that way but this can also be served at room temperature. since this has pasta, chicken and vegetables in it, I served this on it’s own and called it a day. Leftovers for lunch the next day might have been even better than the first time around!

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Peanut Noodles

For the sauce:
5 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoon light brown sugar
3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
½-1 teaspoon hot sauce, depending on how spicy you like it
3 tablespoons hot water, plus extra as needed

For the chicken and noodles:
16 ounces fresh Chinese noodles or 12 ounces dried spaghetti
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch-wide strips
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced ¼-inch thick
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
4 scallions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, optional
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

For the sauce: Process all ingredients except hot water in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. With the blender still running, add hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until sauce has consistency of heavy cream.

For the chicken and noodles: Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add noodles and salt. Cook, stirring often, until tender. Drain noodles, rinse with cold water, drain again and then toss with oil.

Transfer noodles to a large bowl. Add sauce, shredded chicken, red pepper, cucumber, carrot, scallions, and cilantro (if using), and toss to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Source: Pasta Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen

1 Response to Sesame Noodles with Shredded Chicken and Vegetables

  1. Monica

    Hi Dawn! Your noodles look fantastic! I also love sesame peanut noodles and it’s great to add all sorts of veggies and protein to. You’ve inspired me to make it for dinner one day soon. Hope all is well!

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