This easy recipe for cold sesame chicken noodles is the perfect one dish supper, with the perfect blend of peanut and sesame flavored sauce mixed with linguine, chicken and crunchy cucumber. It’s a terrific way to use up leftover chicken – and a great reason to toss out that take-out menu!
One of the reasons I always always ALWAYS make more chicken than we can use for one meal is so that I have cooked chicken lounging around in the fridge for recipes like this one for cold sesame chicken noodles. It is a fun and flavorful one dish meal that uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and it is endlessly customizable (more on that later). So the next time you find yourself with some leftover chicken and a yearning for cold noodles…well, let’s make it!
You need a couple of cups of cooked shredded chicken, preferably nice and cool from the fridge. The sauce is a blend of peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil and vinegar, and after that, you can feel free to customize this recipe to your heart’s content. I use plain old linguine pasta for this, although you absolutely could use soba noodles, or even spaghetti. No cucumber? Shredded carrots, chopped red pepper, steamed broccoli or practically any other veggie will do.
If you are looking for a chicken recipe to make too much of, try my beloved buttermilk grilled chicken, which you can enjoy for supper one day, and then later in the week have a scrumptious meal of cold sesame chicken noodles. Hurray for leftovers!Print
This easy recipe for cold sesame chicken noodles is the perfect one dish supper, with the perfect blend of peanut and sesame flavored sauce.
- 8 ounces linguine
- 1 cucumber
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 cups shredded cooked cold chicken
- Fresh ground pepper
- 2 chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional!)
- Cook linguine according to package directions, then drain under cold water until cool.
- While linguine is cooking, cut the cucumber up into small chunks or strips.
- Make sauce by combining sesame oil, peanut butter, soy sauce and vinegar. Whisk it together, thinning it with a little hot water if you need to.
- Place cooked pasta in a mixing bowl and add sauce. Toss (the easiest way to do this is with clean hands), and then add chicken, cucumber, scallions and pepper. Toss again.
- Divide among four plates, garnish with sesame seeds and pass the hot sauce so everyone can spice up their noodles (or not!)
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