Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad

Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad

Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad

This is one of my favorite summer recipes to take to a potluck so I took it to my Dining for Women meeting this month. It was a big hit, as it usually is. It looks beautiful on the serving platter, too! I have simplified this over the years by using precooked and packaged grilled chicken strips rather than cooking the chicken myself. I also simply buy a bag of coursely grated carrots instead of doing julienned carrots myself. With these modifications, it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare this (not including the time it takes to chill the salad). This can easily be modified for vegetarians and vegans by replacing the chicken with tofu, tempeh, or seitan. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!!

16 oz. of grilled chicken strips (tofu, tempeh, or seitan for vegetarians)
8 oz. thin spaghetti
1 C. coursely grated prepackaged carrots
2 T. sesame seeds
1/2 C. reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 C. oil
1 T. sugar
1 t. ground ginger
1 T. white wine vinegar
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 lb. snow pea pods
4 green onions, cut into lengths

Cut chicken into 2 inch strips. Cook spaghetti. When the spaghetti only has 2 minutes left to cook add the carrots and pea pods to the boiling water to just blanch the carrots and pea pods. Drain it all in a collander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
When it is cooled and drained return pour everything back into the pot. Meanwhile, in a 1 qt. pan heat the sesame seeds until they are golden. Remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce, oil, sugar, ginger, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and pour half of this mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat the pasta. Pour the rest of the sauce over the chicken. I have made this ahead up to this point and let everything marinate overnight and assemble it the next day. When ready to eat, arrange the spaghetti mixture on a platter with the chicken piled on top. Sprinkle the green onions around the edge of the pasta. Serves 6

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9 Responses to “Sesame Chicken Noodle Salad”
  1. That just looks too good NOT to try !
    Yum :)

  2. You have a great start…good luck, welcome to the community

    This is a terrific idea for a blog


  3. Velva says:

    Salad looks delicious. During these dog days of summer, this salad looks fresh and cool.

  4. Libby Murphy says:

    Oh I can just imagine how wonderful this must be. It’s also such a nice presentation.
    Happy Twirls

  5. Katie says:

    Mom, Is this the one you used to make when Matt and I were little? I believe I loved it!

  6. Your Son says:

    What!?!? You made this recipe without making a double batch for me to eat!?!? You will just have to make it again soon, I haven’t had this in forever.

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