I’ve buying a lot of meat in bulk lately because the “family packs” are usually cheaper and I can have meat in the freezer for whenever without having to make a trek to the grocery store. They had chicken breasts on a sale a while back so I roasted the whole works and popped it in the freezer. It’s been there for a while and I didn’t want it to get freezer burnt so I needed to find a quick and easy way to make use of it. Little Miss M is still being a typical 2 year old, not wanting to eat anything but cheerios. She liked the peanut noodles I made a couple of months ago so I was hoping I would have luck with this version. She sniffed it, turned her head away and yelled “NO!”, dashing my dreams of her eating real food for dinner. 😦 I loved it though! I couldn’t scarf it down fast enough! Dangerous when I’m supposed to be trying to lose weight.
The original recipe is vegetarian but I quickly sauteed the veggies then shredded a cooked chicken breast and added it to pan. Once it was heated all way through I tossed everything together. Oh man it was good! Putting the dressing in the blender is the key to having a luxuriously smooth sauce. Perfectly balanced flavours and amazing mouth feel. Love it!
Peanut Sesame Noodles
For peanut dressing
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 medium garlic clove, chopped
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
For noodle salad
3/4 lb dried linguine fini or spaghetti
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/8-inch-thick strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/8-inch-thick strips
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Purée dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 2 minutes, then transfer to a large bowl.
Cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain in a colander, then rinse well under cold water.
Add pasta, scallions, bell peppers, and sesame seeds to dressing, tossing to combine, and serve immediately.