April 26, 2017

Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry

I am all about quick and easy dinners especially when they're healthy and have a lot of flavor. This Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry is so easy to make and the flavor is amazing.
I love anything Asian-inspired and always have the essentials like soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil on hand. My dad often cooked Asian food for us growing up since he lived in South Korea for two years and I always loved it.
If you want a great dinner idea then this is it. You can easily adapt this dish with whatever vegetables you like. Broccoli would be great and collard greens were also used in the original recipe. I do have to say though, the mushrooms are my favorite part! I never knew how good they would be in a stir-fry until now.

Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven
8 oz. rice noodles or linguine
2 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 large chicken breast, thinly-sliced
salt and pepper
2/3 cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly-sliced
8 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 batch stir-fry sauce (see below)
sesame seeds for topping, optional

STIR-FRY SAUCE:
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1. Whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.

TO MAKE THE CHICKEN NOODLE STIR-FRY:
1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
2. In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season evenly with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, stirring and flipping occasionally, until it is just cooked through and no longer pink on the inside (about 3-5 minutes).  Transfer chicken with a slotted spoon to a separate plate and set aside.
3. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to the sauté pan and increase heat to high. Add carrots, bell pepper and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes or until they reach your desired level of softness.
4. Add in the sauce, cooked chicken, noodles and immediately stir to combine. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently until heated through. Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

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