Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sesame Noodles with Shredded Chicken

Of course this was delicious because it came from America’s Test Kitchen!
It actually reminded me a little bit of my Pad Thai recipe
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
1 piece (1-inch) fresh ginger, grated or minced (about 1 Tbs)
5 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs rice vinegar (I didn’t have any so I used apple cider vinegar)
1 tsp hot sauce
2 Tbs lightly packed light brown sugar
Hot water
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 lbs) trimmed of excess fat
1 Tbs salt
1 lb chinese egg noodles or 12 ounces dried spaghetti
2 Tbs Asian sesame oil
4 scallions, sliced thin on the diagonal
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated on large holes of box grater (about 2/3 cup) – I used my food processor’s shredding disc

1.  Toast the sesame seeds in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes.  Reserve 1 Tbs sesame seeds in a small bowl.  In a blender or food processor, puree the remaining 3 Tbs sesame seeds, peanut butter, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, hot sauce, and sugar until smooth, about 30 seconds.  With the machine running, add hot water 1 Tbs at a time until the sauce has the consistency of heavy cream, about 5 Tbs; set the mixture aside (it can be left in the blender jar or food processor workbowl).

2.  Bring 6 qts water to a boil over high heat.

Meanwhile, adjust an oven rack to 6 inches from the broiler element; heat the broiler.  Spray the broiler pan top with vegetable cooking spray; place the chicken breasts ion top and broil the chicken until lightly browned, 4 to 8 minutes.  Using tongs, flip the chicken over and continue to broil until the thickest part is no longer pink when cut into and registers about 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 6 to 8 minutes.  Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes.  Using 2 forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside.*

Add the salt and noodles to the boiling water; boil the noodles until tender, about 4 minutes for fresh and 10 minutes for dried.  Drain, then rinse with cold running tap water until cool to the touch; drain again.  In a large bowl, toss the noodles with the sesame oil until evenly coated.  Add the shredded chicken, scallions, carrot, and sauce; toss to combine.  Divide among individual bowls, sprinkle each bowl with a portion of reserved sesame seeds, and serve.

*I simply shredded the chicken with the food processor- so much easier than with a fork!

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