March 12, 2012

(slightly) spicy peanut noodles

Things I bought at the store to make this dish that I've never bought before: Sriracha Chili Sauce and broccoli slaw.

These things are now staples in my kitchen because I want to make this dish once a week for the rest of my life. It is so unique and different than what I usually make, which means it was fun to experiment with. The flavors are so interesting... chicken broth, lime juice, soy sauce, spicy sriracha, honey, peanut butter... it's so complex and delicious.

I cooked some wheat linguine and tossed it in the peanut sauce with chicken. If you are a vegetarian, just skip the chicken and use vegetable broth instead.

Then I sauteed the broccoli slaw, in the same pan that I cooked the chicken, for just a few minutes. I love the texture it adds to this dish. It keeps its crunch and adds delicious broccoli flavor.

Top off the whole thing with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime. It's very different, but delicious!

(Slightly) Spicy Peanut Noodles

Serves 4

1/2 pound chicken breast, cut up into cubes
1/2 pound whole wheat linguine
1 bag broccoli slaw (about 4 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon Sriracha Chili Sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
3 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Start by browning your chicken in a large skillet over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, depending on thickness of chicken. When it's cooked all the way through, take it out of the skillet and set aside for later. Keep the pan off the heat, you will use it later to saute the broccoli slaw.

Meanwhile, boil wheat linguine 7-9 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over low heat and add garlic. Stir around for a few minutes until you can really smell the garlic. You just want to heat it up so it loses the raw garlic flavor. Then add chicken broth, Chili Sauce, honey, soy sauce, lime juice and peanut butter. Stir to combine and allow the sauce to heat up. When the peanut butter has melted and thickened the sauce (about 5 to 10 minutes) take it off the heat and add your pasta and chicken. Toss everything together in the sauce.

Reheat the skillet you used to cook the chicken over high heat. When it's hot, add the broccoli slaw and toss for a few minutes. You want the broccoli to keep its crunch but just softened a bit. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, put noodle mixture on the plate and top with about 1 cup of broccoli slaw. Optional: finish with a few tablespoons of fresh cilantro and a lime wedge to squeeze on top.