Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chicken Satay Noodles

I thought I'd take a detour from my regular posts, and instead of whining about my wallpaper, I'd post a recipe :)

This one is a house favorite. Even Macieo loves it, which is amazing when you see all the ingredients. Just goes to show that you don't need to cater to kids with "kid food." Although, we do call this recipe by it's alternate kid-friendly title, "Peanut Butter Pasta," when he asks what's for dinner.

Chicken Satay Noodles
1 lb. whole-wheat spaghetti (this is my favorite brand, they sell the organic type at Costco)
1/3 C. smooth peanut butter
2 T. honey
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. tamari (or regular soy sauce)
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 2 limes
1 T. hot sauce
3 T. olive or peanut oil
shredded carrots (as many as you want)
bean sprouts (as many as you want)
4 green onions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
1/2 sack triple washed spinach, torn or sliced
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 C. cooked shredded chicken meat

Early in the day, throw 2 chicken breasts in the crock pot with some chicken broth and a dash of soy sauce. When you're ready to make dinner, take them out of the crock pot and shred them with two forks. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, then run the cooked pasta under cold water to cool. Drain well and reserve.

While the pasta water is coming to a boil, heat the peanut butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the softened peanut butter with the honey and water. Whisk in the tamari (soy sauce), garlic, lime juice and hot sauce. Add the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly.

Add the drained noodles to the dressing and toss until the sauce coats the noodles evenly (I usually use my hands...prepare to get messy!) Add the vegetables and chicken, and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients. Serve the noodles in shallow bowls, and top each serving with cilantro.

**I usually serve this at room temperature, but it's great left over the next day, cold from the fridge. It's also good with chopped cucumbers, you could add whatever veggies you like!


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