Cooking Light: Cold Sesame Noodles with chicken and Cucumbers

Another new favorite cooking magazine I bought is Cooking Light! They do lots of good comfort foods reduced in fat, which is great for our little family, especially Mr. Gaunt who loves most comfort foods. Tonight I made Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and cucumber becuase its then end of summer and after a long day of work/interview I needed something cold and easy! I also love love love sesame oil…yum! Ok so here is the recipe:

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Ingredients

  • 8  ounces  uncooked dried udon noodles
  • 1/4  cup  rice vinegar
  • 2  tablespoons  dark sesame oil
  • 2  tablespoons  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1  tablespoon  honey
  • 2  teaspoons  sambal oelek or chile paste with garlic
  • 1/2  teaspoon  bottled ground fresh ginger 
  • 2  cups  shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 2  medium cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 6  tablespoons  chopped green onions
  • 3  tablespoons  chopped dry-roasted peanuts

Preparation

1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain.

2. Combine rice vinegar and the next 5 ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add noodles, chicken, and cucumbers to bowl; toss gently to coat. Top with green onions and peanuts.

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So for those of you who dont know, Im BIG on doing substitutes with cooking! First off I dont want to buy an ingredient (like a spice) for one meal that I may never use again. Second if I dont like it I wont use it! Im not afraid to do this, and usually it turns out just fine, except when baking. For this recipe I did a number of substitutes, first I didnt have Rice Vinegar, but I did have white, balsamic and apple cider vinegar. Mr. Gaunt made the choice to go with Apple Cider and it worked just fine! I also didnt have Chilli paste with Garlic, so I used a little chilli powder and minced garlic (why not?) and last but not least I didnt have any peanuts so I used Almonds, and I dont like Ginger so I just skipped it all together! It all turned out delish, so dont be afraid to use what yah got!

Ok now for the pictures!:

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