TERIYAKI CHICKEN NOODLES
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These teriyaki chicken noodles feature soba noodles and plenty of veggies, plus peanuts and sesame seeds for extra crunch.

Teriyaki chicken noodles with peanuts, sesame seeds and spring onions.

It’s a noodle salad really, but one that’s warming enough for winter 😊

This definitely isn’t the prettiest of meals, with red cabbage adding a purple tinge to the whole dish! You can reduce this, and also help eliminate any bitterness, by pre-soaking the shredded cabbage in cold water for 30 minutes if you have time. Otherwise, sprinkle a load of sesame seeds and spring onions on top and that should do the trick. A swirl of Japanese mayo definitely won’t go amiss either!

If you decide to include the sprouts, my advice is to stick with regular salad sprouts or alfalfa sprouts. I tried a version with sango sprouts and found them much too bitter, especially in combination with the red cabbage.

 

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Teriyaki chicken noodles with peanuts, sesame seeds and spring onions.

TERIYAKI CHICKEN NOODLES

Keyword: CHICKEN, MAIN MEALS
Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 45 minutes
Serves: 4

A noodle salad that’s warming enough for winter! These teriyaki chicken noodles feature soba noodles and plenty of veggies, plus peanuts and sesame seeds for extra crunch.

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Ingredients

DRESSING

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (60ml)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp cornflour dissolved in 2 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger

SALAD

  • 2 carrots
  • 1/4 small red or green cabbage
  • 2 spring onions
  • 160 g dried soba noodles (5.6oz)
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts (67g) (optional)
  • 50 g salad sprouts (1.8oz) (optional)

CHICKEN

  • 600 g boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1lb 5oz)
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp peanut oil or rice bran oil

Instructions

  1. MAKE DRESSING

    Crush garlic. Place in a bowl or jug with remaining dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.

  2. PREPARE SALAD

    Spiralise, julienne or finely slice carrots into thin strips. Finely shred cabbage. Thinly slice spring onions.

  3. Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Add noodles and cook for 5 minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.

  4. COOK CHICKEN AND MAKE SALAD

    Dice chicken into 2cm / 0.8in pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large wok on medium-high. Add sesame seeds, toasting until lightly golden. Remove into a bowl and set aside.

  5. Increase heat to high and add oil to wok. Stir fry chicken until golden brown and cooked through.

  6. Reduce heat to medium and add dressing to wok. Cook for a couple of minutes, until bubbling and reduced a little. Add carrots, cabbage and noodles and toss to combine. Quickly toss through peanuts and sprouts, if using.

  7. SERVE

    Divide salad between warmed serving bowls and top with spring onions and sesame seeds. Also delicious with a dollop of Japanese mayonnaise!

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: An off-dry Riesling.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Use gluten-free soy sauce and gluten-free cornflour. If you can’t find gluten-free soba noodles (100% buckwheat, rather than a combination of buckwheat and wheat flour) try rice vermicelli instead.
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: Brown sugar can be used instead of honey. You could use pre-cooked Singapore noodles instead of soba noodles (no need to boil first). Diced chicken tenderloins will work in place of the chicken thighs.
STORING AND REHEATING: Refrigerate individual portions in containers. Reheat in the microwave. Leftover salad can also be eaten cold.

 

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