Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad

January 11, 2011 | By andrea | Filed in: Asian, Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Turkey.

I ran across this recipe for Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad the other day and thought it would be a great pasta salad dish to make for the weekend: tender noodles, crunchy snow peas and a creamy, peanutty Asian-inspired dressing. Yumm! Husband loved it, too.

You’ll notice that this recipe serves 20 people, which is great for a potluck or when feeding a crowd. I didn’t need to serve that many so I made half a recipe. Heck, you could even make a 1/4 recipe if you wanted to (you’re on your own with the math).

For the salad, feel free to roast your own chicken or buy one at the grocery store. Also,  I wanted to bump up the veggie content of the salad so I added about a half bag of shredded cole slaw mix (cabbage and carrots). If you can’t find snow peas or they’re expensive, you could substitute a whole bag of shredded coleslaw mix (for a half recipe of the noodle salad) and some thinly sliced red bell pepper.

For the dressing, I added a tablespoon or so of chopped fresh ginger to the other ingredients and processed until smooth.

Chinese Noodle and Chicken or Turkey Salad
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine

Leftover roasted chicken or turkey makes this rendition of a popular salad a snap to prepare. It’s made spicy by combining chilies with linguine, green onions, snow peas, cilantro and a peanut dressing.

Yield: Serves 20

2 pounds linguine
1/4 cup oriental sesame oil
2 2 1/2-pound roasted chickens, skinned, boned, shredded or 12 cups cooked turkey
4 bunches green onions, sliced
2 bunches fresh cilantro, chopped
4 jalapeño chilies, seeded, deveined, minced
1 1/4 pounds snow peas, stringed, thinly sliced lengthwise

1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned style or freshly ground)
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup oriental sesame oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped

Napa cabbage leaves

For salad:
Cook linguine in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well. Transfer to large bowl. Add sesame oil; toss to blend. Mix in chicken or turkey, onions, cilantro and chilies.

Cook snow peas in medium saucepan of boiling salted water until just crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well. Mix into salad.

For dressing:
Combine soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar and ginger in processor; blend until smooth.

Pour dressing over salad and mix with hands to blend well. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Line large platter with Napa cabbage leaves. Mound salad over and serve.

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11 comments on “Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad

  1. Holly says:

    Why do I suddenly have a craving for Chinese food? Looks yummy!!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog- I’m here to check yours out and that salad goes straight to my heart- I love Asian noodle salads!

    Very nice to meet another Oregon blogger!


  3. Darlene says:

    That looks and sounds yummy! I’ll put this in my list of recipes to try!

  4. This looks like a great recipe! I have been craving Asian / Thai but I never make it for myself at home – this looks like the perfect thing to try. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays.

  5. Yum this does look delicious and a good crowd pleaser. How many did half the mixture feed when you added the chopped coleslaw mix? Or was it just to add veges not feed more?

  6. andrea says:

    Adding the slaw didn’t really change the quantity of servings. It might have stretched it a little bit but not significantly.

  7. This sounds so good. My family would love this. I will have to save this in my recipe file. Would be a great summer dinner.

  8. Donnie says:

    That looks so delicious. Love the fact it looked easy to do.

  9. amy says:

    Nice…my son loves noodles and I’ll make this for him soon.

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