Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad
● By Lana Granfors
What's Cookin'March 2016
By Lana Granfors
Photo by Kara Stewart
We all love connecting with friends. It may be going to a movie, having fun at a party or laughing over dinner. One of my favorite ways to catch up with a group of former coworkers is to meet at dinner. We all love Thai food, so we made it easy to pick our dinner of choice and started meeting at a local Thai restaurant, calling it our “Thai One On” night.
Characterized by refreshing seasonings and spicy flavors, Thai dishes usually include ingredients like garlic, lime juice, lemongrass, chilies, coconut, peanut, ginger, and fish sauce or shrimp paste. With this recipe, the Thai flavor combinations aren’t as complex, but still tantalize the senses. This salad is easy, delicious and perfect for lunch or dinner. Experiment with this recipe and add your own touch with other Thai ingredients.
Call your friends over for this one!
Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 22-25 Minutes
Total: 42-45 Minutes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 T olive oil
6 oz. uncooked whole wheat pasta, fettuccine or spaghetti
2 large carrots, julienned
¹⁄³ cup chunky peanut butter
3 T honey
3 T lime juice
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. sesame oil
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
3 cup shredded Chinese or Napa cabbage
4 lime wedges
¾ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup chopped peanuts
¼ cup thin red pepper strips, cut into halves
¼ cup slivered green onion
STEP 1: Cut chicken breasts into one-inch pieces. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook and stir chicken in hot oil about 5-8 minutes until chicken is browned on the outside and no longer pink in center. Remove to a platter and allow it to cool.
STEP 2: Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the julienned carrots during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time.
STEP 3: a pasta is cooking, combine peanut butter, honey, lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil and pepper flakes in medium bowl until blended and smooth.
STEP 4: Drain pasta and carrots and place in large serving bowl. Add cabbage and chicken, and toss with enough dressing to coat.
STEP 5: Squeeze a bit of lime on top and add cilantro, chopped peanuts, pepper strips and green onions.