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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chicken Satay Noodle Salad

I love the peanut butter and soy sauce combination. I eat it on pork, chicken, vegetables, and quinoa.
Maybe I need an intervention? Nahhh, I need to share this recipe! This nutritious dish is also d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!
I do not know where I found the recipe, but I modified it a bit (of course) and do not feel as guilty as I should when I gobble up a huge plate because it is full of protein and vegetables!

The recipe makes enough to feed 6 people so I often times cut it down to feed two (with leftovers for lunch, of course!)
I use Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta. I love that it has protein, dietary fiber, and more. Actually, I compared the nutrition label to quinoa and found this pasta to be the same or better than quinoa. (Which naturally makes me feel like I can eat pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!)
I do realize that I should not eat pasta every day or for every meal, but I may allow myself to indulge more than I have recently. J
Once we finally got home from the gym we fired up the grill and put the chicken breast on to cook.  The original recipe called for a rotisserie chicken skinned and shredded so you could do that too if you were in a pinch. I have not bought a rotisserie chicken because they are expensive and do not save time as in this dish you can multi-task by chopping veggies and cooking pasta while the chicken is cooking. In addition, I get to add my own seasonings and control the quality of the ingredients, salt, and what not when I do it myself.

(Yes, I am one of those people who want to do things myself and find great satisfaction in doing so. I realize that I am a special breed so I try to give the rest of the world a reasonable option.)

While the chicken is cooking, cook the spaghetti per package directions and drain.

I also chop up/prepare all the veggies. You can see that I used more vegetables than the recipe called for, but I am really trying to get more vegetables into our diet and this was an easy and tasty way to do just that! (To me this is another benefit of making food myself, I get to put in the amount of ingredients I want.)
Then, I mixed up the peanut butter sauce.

And added the sauce to the noodles.

I placed the saucy noodles in a serving bowl

And topped with the chicken and veggies and nuts

Then, I inhaled enjoyed my wonderful dish!

Chicken Satay Noodle Salad

1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
½ cup peanut butter, softened                                                                 
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ c. lime juice
1 tsp. red pepper flakes, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups cooked chicken**                                             
1 cup packed fresh spinach
¼ cup shredded carrots
4 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle                                                         
¼ cup chopped peanuts
Cook pasta, drain, rinse and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and ¼ cup warm water. Whisk in the soy sauce, lime juice, red pepper flakes and garlic. Pour in the oil in a steady stream, whisking to combine. Add the reserved noodles and toss to coat.
Place the noodles in 4 shallow bowls and top with the chicken, spinach, carrots, scallions, and peanuts.

** You can use pulled pork, pork tenderloin, or pork chops in this dish as well!!


  1. 1. The picture looks like you used almonds instead of peanuts in your dish. Is this true?
    2. I'm glad to see some blog posts! It had been too long.
    3. This looks delicious and I think it just made my menu for next week! :)

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  3. Hi Melissa,

    Yes, I did use almonds because I did not have peanuts. I did not miss the peanuts but enjoyed the crunch :)

    I think you and Chase will love this dish!


  4. I love this dish!