I really love Asian food. When we go out for Asian food, we always go to a Thai restaurant…Thai is my absolute favorite! The only Chinese restaurant I like is one little joint in Baton Rouge, LA, which has national acclaim. All other Chinese restaurants scare me–either the smell of the restaurant turns me off, or the food is just not good. But because I love Asian cuisine, to get my fix, I make it at home. This is one of our old standbys and I love it! The blended sauce works great as a dipping sauce for fresh (not fried) Thai spring rolls too–I should make these some day soon, because they are delicious.
My kiddos complained and complained about what we were having for dinner, and then my oldest really enjoyed the chicken, but our youngest didn’t touch her dinner – she must not have been hungry, but she was most certainly hungry for breakfast the next morning after not having eaten any dinner
- 1 box of whole grain linguine
- 1 lb. chicken breast, bite size pieces
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 2 inch piece of ginger, chunked
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper or Sriracha hot sauce (omit for more kid friendly)
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 TBSP brown sugar
- 3/4 c. peanut butter
- 3 TBSP rice wine vinegar
- 3 TBSP soy sauce
- 6 TBSP hot water
- 1 red pepper thinly sliced
- 1 c. carrot matchsticks
- 1 c. cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 c. green onions, chopped
- sesame seeds for garnish
- peanuts for garnish
- Cook linguine according to package in salted boiling water. When cooked, drain and run cold water over the noodles until all noodles are cold.
- Meanwhile, heat the sesame oil over medium high heat in a nonstick skillet, and saute the chicken until done.
- In a blender add ginger, garlic, pepper flakes, lime juice, brown sugar, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and hot water; blend until everything is combined and a thick sauce forms.
- Place cold linguine in a large bowl, add the red pepper slices, carrots, cilantro, green onions, and chicken. Pour sauce over and combine. Garnish with sesame seeds and peanuts.
- Serve room temperature or chilled.
Chicken Sesame Noodles: