Peanut-Chicken Noodle Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang for Food Network Magazine

Total Time:
40 min
20 min
20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • For the salad:
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces thin Asian wheat noodles
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1 large handful unsalted cashews
  • 1 red jalapeno or Fresno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 small handful bean sprouts
  • 1 small handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • For the peanut sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 red jalapeno or Fresno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt
  • Make the salad: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil; add the noodles and cook as the label directs. Drain, then toss with the soy sauce and sesame oil in a large bowl; cover and chill until needed.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the chicken and simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain and shred the chicken; set aside.

  • Heat a wok or medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the cashews, stirring, until browned, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly, then place in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin.

  • Make the peanut sauce: Heat the wok over high heat and add the peanut oil. Add the shallots and fry until translucent, about 45 seconds; add the peanut butter and jalapeno and stir-fry less than 1 minute. Stir in the vegetable broth and 3 tablespoons water. When the sauce starts to bubble, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Season with salt. (If you like your sauce thinner, stir in a few tablespoons of water.)

  • Assemble the salad: Divide the noodles, jalapeno, cucumber, bean sprouts, cilantro and scallion among bowls; top with the shredded chicken. Drizzle with the peanut sauce and sprinkle with the crushed cashews.

  • Photograph by Ralph Smith

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