Sesame Noodles with Chicken

I am coming at you from the past with this. This is a recipe from the summer. It was really convenient to eat when we had our kitchen being worked on and I needed something I could eat straight from the fridge. September can still be a warm month, so you might still be in the mood for some cool food. K said he would have liked it warm, but he is not a big fan of cold food in general. He still ate it, though. 🙂 I will say that the sesame flavor goes away a bit in leftover form, so you might need to add a bit more sesame oil if you are eating it a few days later.

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There are a bunch of ingredients, but nothing too exotic. I had to buy some green onions because we were shockingly out of them, but otherwise it was a snap. You could buy shredded carrots or take a minute and use the food processor. I prefer shredding them fresh. They are less dry that way. And I was surprised that you don’t cook them for this dish, but it worked!

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For toasting the sesame seeds, a basic pan with no oil works just fine.

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Directions for Sesame Noodles with Chicken

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 4 Tablespoons peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Chili oil (as much as you like)
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, shredded

Process the soy sauce, 3 Tablespoons of the sesame seeds, peanut butter, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and chili oil until smooth. Add a bit of hot water at a time, pulsing until the mixture is like the consistency of heavy cream.

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Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Prepare a wire rack on a lined baking sheet. Place the chicken on the rack and broil the first side for about 8 minutes, then broil the second until the chicken is cooked through (about 10 minutes or maybe longer). Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes before shredding or slicing it.

While the chicken is cooking, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti as the package dictates. Drain the noodles, then rinse under cold water. Toss the noodles with the sesame oil. Add more oil if necessary.

In a large bowl, toss together the sauce, chicken, noodles, green onions, carrots, and remaining sesame seeds.

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Directions for Sesame Noodles with Chicken (without pictures)

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 4 Tablespoons peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Chili oil (as much as you like)
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, shredded

Process the soy sauce, 3 Tablespoons of the sesame seeds, peanut butter, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and chili oil until smooth. Add a bit of hot water at a time, pulsing until the mixture is like the consistency of heavy cream.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Prepare a wire rack on a lined baking sheet. Place the chicken on the rack and broil the first side for about 8 minutes, then broil the second until the chicken is cooked through (about 10 minutes or maybe longer). Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes before shredding or slicing it.

While the chicken is cooking, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti as the package dictates. Drain the noodles, then rinse under cold water. Toss the noodles with the sesame oil. Add more oil if necessary.

In a large bowl, toss together the sauce, chicken, noodles, green onions, carrots, and remaining sesame seeds.

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