Monday, July 23, 2012

Chicken Satay and Noodles

 Another great meal adapted from Jamie Oliver. My biggest adaptation was substituting basil for his cilantro - and I have to say it was delicious and ingenious if I do say so myself - as when I first read the menu I felt like (as a cilantro hater) this wasn't going to be the recipe for me.  Part of his 30 min series - does take me a bit longer - but who's counting? If you like the taste of soap, then you can substitute cilantro for the basil ; )

Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles serves 4

couple small bunches basil
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 small red chili
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 coin of fresh ginger root
soy sauce
couple limes
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts quartered (or use chicken tenders)
little honey
8 oz dried Chinese egg noodles, chow mein or spaghetti
3/4 cup raw cashews
couple tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 small red onion
1 teaspoon sesame oil
mixed lettuces

For the satay = in a small food processor put 1 bunch of basil, garlic, chili, peanut butter, a splash of soy sauce, the chopped ginger and the juice and zest of one lime. Whiz until a nice paste, adding a couple splashes of water to make a sauce. Set aside 1/2 in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the rest to a bowl with the chicken breasts and coat. Grill the chicken about 4 min a side until done, drizzle with a little honey and cook just another 1 min on each side. Cook the noodles according to directions and set aside. Rinse out the food processor and put in it the onion, other bunch of basil adding a couple tablespoons soy sauce, juice of 1 lime, a lug of olive oil and the sesame oil and mix. Toss this sauce with the drained noodles. Now - this is worth the extra few min - in a non stick pan warm the cashews to lightly toast them, tossing so they don't burn. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and cook until sticky then add the sesame seeds and continue tossing until coated. Toss with the noodles. To serve put some lettuce on a plate and a little drizzle of the noodle dressing then the noodle salad and top with chicken satay.

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