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.


Anonymous 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 @ Give a Girl a Fig 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!

Anonymous 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!

Anonymous said...

girls are going to love this one!

Anonymous said...

mmmmmmmmmmm, you have made me so hungry!!