Tuesday, June 15, 2010

peanut noodle salad with chicken


Last week I mentioned that I was trying to keep the heat out of the kitchen. One of the dishes on that particular menu plan was one that I knew I'd have to create on my own. I'd been craving a cold noodle salad that resembled lo mein with chicken.

I started with this as my base recipe and then changed it up a bit to work with the ingredients I had on hand. I loved it and fortunately so did everyone else in the family. It will definitely grace our menu plan more than once this summer. I also love that it makes so much. It will easily serve our family 2 dinner meals and a lunch at work for me.

Peanut Noodle Salad with Chicken (how I did it)
1 large cucumber, seeded and sliced
1 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. rice wine vinegar
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp salt
16 oz. cooked pasta (I used thin spaghetti)
1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
8 oz. coleslaw mix
6 green onions, sliced
cooked chicken breast, diced (I used the equivalent of 2 1/2 chicken breasts)

Peel cucumber; cut in half lengthwise, removing and discarding seeds. Cut cucumber halves into half-moon shaped slices.

Put soy sauce and next 7 ingredients in a jar with lid. Shake well to combine. Put cooked noodles in a large bowl. Add a bit of sauce while they're still hot and mix thoroughly. Add vegetables and chicken. Add remaining sauce and mix well, tossing to coat. Cover and chill.

6 comments:

dmoms said...

oh my gosh - my family LOVES this recipe. Someone brought this to the bbq we went to and we brought home the left-overs. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

yu-hum! I made something similar for a bbq last summer and it was quite the hit! I hadn't thought to add chicken to make it a full meal. Thanks for the tip!

thereisatime said...

Mmmmm, looks good. Love peanut noodle salad. The recipe I use is from the Barefoot Contessa. It is delicious, but there is nothing lite about her recipes, I'll have to try yours. I was thinking of you last night while I made 2 yummy salads for tonights dinner. I'm liking not turning on the oven. But of course I still have to make the bread.

kimj said...

I will be trying this one soon!

underthebigbluesky said...

girls are going to love this one!

Cindy said...

mmmmmmmmmmm, you have made me so hungry!!