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Spicy Ginger Soba Chicken Salad

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I was inspired by Ree’s Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad, but wasn’t in the mood for peanuts. So give this altered meat-eater-friendly recipe a try! It’s perfect for picnics and potlucks.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHICKEN MARINADE:
  • 1 teaspoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 4 teaspoons Sesame Oil, Divided
  • ¾ cups Soy Sauce, Divided
  • 2 whole Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • _____
  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 12 ounces, weight Soba Or Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon Freshly Grated Ginger
  • ½ cups Chopped Cilantro
  • 7 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds

Preparation

In one bowl, combine the fish sauce, Sriracha, honey, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, and 1/4 cup of the soy sauce. Whisk to combine. This is your chicken marinade. Cut the chicken breasts into bite size pieces and let soak in the marinade in the refrigerator. Ideally you leave it for at least half an hour, but if pressed for time just 10 minutes will suffice.

When the chicken is done marinating, put it along with any leftover marinade into a skillet over medium heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes (depending on your stove…mine is terrible!) or until the chicken is cooked through.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil. While you wait make the noodle marinade in a larger bowl. Combine the grated ginger (if you want to get the absolute most out of your ginger run it through a garlic press!), the remainder of the soy sauce (1/2 cup) and the remainder of the sesame oil (3 teaspoons). Whisk all together and set aside.

Once the water is boiling, put the noodles in and give it a stir. It should take 4 or 5 minutes for them to become al dente, but maybe more or less depending on the type of noodle. Test frequently for your desired consistency. When they’re done, strain in a colander and toss with cold running water until the noodles are cool.

In the larger bowl, toss the cold noodles in the noodle marinade, throw in the chicken, chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and the sesame seeds. Toss to combine and serve cold or at room temperature.

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elakay on 3.19.2010

Yummy but I cut the Sriracha Sauce in half; my sweet husband has a tender mouth. We loved it but found the noodles to be too salty. Next time I’ll cut the soy in half and it will be perfect.

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Mama Holli of Nobody Puts Mama In A Corner! on 3.14.2010

Sally, got your message and welcome to Tasty Kitchen! Looks like you are off to a great start! This recipe looks divine! Great photo too! Will have to try this one and soon!
Thanks for checking out my silly blog! I am having fun with it and LOVE to hear people like reading it! Have a wonderful day and ring me when you post up something new please missy!

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tulipsmom on 3.12.2010

OK, I know I reviewed this earlier, but I made it again today (adding some blanched asparagus pieces) and spent supper listening to my husband say, “This might be the best thing you ever made. I love this. Don’t EVER lose this recipe.”

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tulipsmom on 3.12.2010

Found this today, while looking for a way to make chicken breasts interesting. I made it with WW angel hair pasta, since I had no soba, and used much less soy sauce, since we’re cutting down on salt. Excellent!

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MontanaMom on 3.11.2010

This looks delicious….even better, the photography is amazing!!

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The Cyclist's Wife on 1.3.2012

This is so good. I’ve now made it several times and we love it. I also have made it different ways, adding other vegetables and used the sauce on other stir-fry dishes. Super tasty, quick and easy.

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mrswombat on 9.15.2010

This has become one of our staple meals. We make it without the hot sauce in the marinade so our 1 year old can eat it. She devours this meal. My husband and I add the sriracha right at the end of cooking after we’ve pulled out our daughters portion. It’s soo good and so easy!

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tulipsmom on 7.27.2010

Finally writing a review of this great recipe. I’ve been forced to print another copy, since the first is stained and worn. I live in the boonies, so made it with whole wheat angel hair pasta rather than soba noodles and added steamed asparagus cut into two-inch pieces. My husband says it might be his favorite dinner dish. It’s great cold or warm.

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