Thursday, 5 June 2014

Chicken Rice Noodle Salad

This is a satisfying salad perfect for a summer dinner and it's gluten-free. You can cook or grill a bit of chicken or shrimp, rehydrate some rice stick noodles and chop some fresh crunchy veggies. Dinner is served and packed full of flavour with just a hint of heat. 

You will need:
 * for 2 servings

  • 1 chicken breast chopped into small pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic - sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger (I keep frozen and grate it frozen)
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 - 1 whole fresh hot chili - sliced into thin rings (I also keep frozen and slice frozen)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lime - squeezed
  • 1 tsp miso paste (mine is the light variety - Shiro)
  • 1 clove garlic - crushed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • half a package of rice stick noodles (my pkg is 225 grams which is perfect for 4 people)
  • 4 leaves of napa cabbage - sliced into thin strips
  • 4-5 mushrooms - sliced
  • 1 carrot - sliced into strips with a peeler or into sticks
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • 4-5 baby English/Persian cucumbers - sliced into sticks
  • a handful of fresh cilantro/coriander leaves
  • a handful of salted peanuts or mixed nuts chopped

Step 1: chop chicken breast into small pieces. Chop and add garlic, chilies and fresh ginger. Add sesame oil, salt and pepper. Mix, cover and let marinate in fridge for at least 1 hour.

Step 2: in a small jar add ingredients for dressing: fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, miso paste, garlic, honey, soy. Shake and set aside.

Step 3: chop, slice and shave all your veggies.

Step 4: quickly saute your chicken for a few minutes until cooked. Rehydrate your noodles in boiling water according to your package instructions.

Toss it all together and serve topped with peanuts and cilantro.

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