This sesame chicken and noodle salad couldn't be simpler to make. And the secret to this saucy sesame chicken and noodle salad is in its beautiful raw veggies--it's got great crunch. It's a simple, healthy, affordable dish to serve on a hot summer's night or to bring to a potluck: just toss the salad with the dressing when you're ready to serve. (Recipe adapted from Simply Ming One-Pot Meals by Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm; Kyle Books, 2010.)

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2012




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  • Fill a large bowl with water and add ice cubes. Cook noodles in boiling water until just tender, 2 to 4 minutes if fresh, about 6 minutes for dry (or according to package directions). Drain and transfer the noodles to the ice water. When the noodles are cold, drain well and transfer to a very large bowl. Set aside.

  • Meanwhile, whisk peanut butter, vinegar, sesame oil and Shaoxing (or sherry) in a bowl until smooth. Add scallions, cilantro, if using, soy sauce and hot sauce, and stir to blend.

  • If using baby romaine, half lengthwise, notch out the core, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. If using regular romaine, remove the tougher outer leaves. Halve lengthwise, notch out the core, halve again, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. You should have about 8 cups.

  • Add the lettuce, chicken, bell peppers and cucumber to the noodles. Add three-fourths of the dressing and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining dressing if desired.

  • Transfer the salad to a serving bowl. Serve garnished with sesame seeds.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the salad for up to 1 day or prepare the dressing (Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days; thin with a little water as needed.

Notes: Shao Hsing, or Shaoxing, is a seasoned rice wine. It is available at most Asian specialty markets and in the Asian section of some larger supermarkets. If unavailable, dry sherry is the best substitute.

Sambal oelek, a spicy blend of chiles, brown sugar and salt, and Sriracha, a Thai chile sauce, can be found in the Asian section of many large supermarkets and at Asian markets.

Look for toasted sesame seeds at the supermarket near other Asian ingredients. Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Tip: To quickly poach boneless, skinless chicken breasts, place in a large skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on size.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 17.9g; carbohydrates 17.8g; dietary fiber 2.8g; sugars 3.9g; fat 11.6g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 33.8mg; vitamin a iu 3472.3IU; vitamin c 29.1mg; folate 76.2mcg; calcium 39.8mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 50.5mg; potassium 371.5mg; sodium 307.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Excellent for a crowd This is fantastic and everyone at three parties raved about it. I only make and use half of the dressing and added 2 tbsp brown sugar because I thought the dressing was too acidic. I will add chopped sugar snap peas next time too. Pros: Fresh and light: lots of vegetables Cons: Too much dressing Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and yummy This was really tasty and easy to put together. My husband said that he could have eaten the whole bowl. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tasty and quick dinner for summer Overall a great recipe. I did follow the comments by reducing the vinegar and everything turned out delicious. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Good Not Great I like this but will not make it again without taking the time to figure out what it is missing. I liked the flavor of the dressing but the other ingredients are so mild in flavor that the dressing dominated instead of highlighting or enhancing the other flavors. I think there is something that could be added to give it that needed POP. Perhaps a pop of citrus is what it needs some some mandarin segments but I think some fresh pink grapefruit segments is what I will try when I prepare this dish again. The richness and yummy fattiness of the peanut dressing needs the citrus or a similar acidic contrast. Just my thoughts. Pros: Fast Easy Fresh Light but Filling Cons: Flavor is one note quickly becomes monotonous Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved This Recipe I tried this recipe with thin linguini since I didn't have Chinese noodles. I also doubled the sriracha because I like heat. I liked it because it was different and healthy my boyfriend loved it and even ate his veggies (he's a meat guy all the way!) I made this a week ago and we ate it last Sunday for dinner. Today we had to make it again he loved it that much! Hopefully there will be leftovers! Pros: delicious easy to make easy to make swaps and changes Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic salad, great taste, didn't change a thing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
One of the best chicken dish forever I made it many time in my home to follow your guide line and get amazing taste. For more crispy you must use breadcrumb or egg.Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Disappointing The recipe made too much dressing which is a waste of ingredients. We used less than half of the dressing. Unfortunately my family did not like this and I have enough left over to feed another family. Mine did not turn out like the picture despite following all directions. Pros: Easy prep Cons: Not very good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic Summer Meal! I really loved this recipe. I added some shredded carrots to it to increase the amount of veg. I halved the recipe and had enough for about 3-4 people still. The only changes I made were: adding shredded carrots to the salad grilling the chicken and I used whole wheat linguine noodles and they were perfect. I highly recommend the recipe. The leftovers are as equally delicious as well. Pros: Healthy Nutrituous Flavorful Read More