Friday, March 16, 2012

Spicy Soba Noodles with Chicken and Peanut Sauce

The first time I had this dish, it was made by my lovely friend Jackie in La Jolla. After the first bite, I knew I had to have the recipe! The flavors of ginger, peanut, garlic and other ingredients were so incredible together! What I didn't realize was how healthy it was too!

Most ingredients in this dish are raw; the sauce is uncooked-but don't let that put you off.  It is actually one of my (picky) daughter's favorite meals, and one she cooks herself quite often (she even eats it cold for school lunches.) She was upset that I was putting it on my blog, not realizing it's already all over the internet!! It is originally a Cooking Light Recipe but I am posting my version with a just a couple of changes (mainly cooking the chicken more than 4 minutes.)  Enjoy!


  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided (use 2 tsp. Better than Bouillion with 2 cups water if you do not have broth)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy both work)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 ounces fresh snow peas, ends removed
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 5 cups cooked soba (about 10 ounces uncooked buckwheat noodles)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions (about 4)
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts                         

     Place chicken in a large saucepan; add one and 2/3 cups broth. Bring to a boil. 
    Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is done. 
    Remove from heat; let stand while preparing other ingredients.

     Shave (or grate) carrot lengthwise into thin strips using a vegetable peeler.

    Preparing the veggies (peanuts for later)

     Combine 1/3 cup broth, peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce, honey, red pepper (can be omitted if your preference is non-spicy,) and garlic...

    ...stir with a whisk until smooth.

     Cut snow peas in half, then blanche in about 1 cup boiling water for one minute. 
    Remove from water and set aside. 

     Cook soba noodles according to the direction on package 
    (will be ready in about 5 minutes.)

    This is the kind of soba noodles I used

     While noodles are cooking,

    ...remove chicken from broth and cut into bite sized pieces.

     Combine carrot, peanut sauce, chicken, snow peas and drained noodles 
    in a large, heated bowl; toss to coat.

    Before being mixed together

      Sprinkle with onions and peanuts, and that's it! 
    Add a little sprinkle of hot pepper flakes if desired, and serve!

    Here are some other wonderful chicken dishes!


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