Szechwan Chicken-Pasta Salad

Toss the spicy combination of chicken, pea pods, chili oil, and crushed red pepper with Chinese egg noodles and sweet red pepper for this colorful main-dish salad.

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  • Makes: 5 servings
  • Start to Finish: 40 mins
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Szechwan Chicken-Pasta Salad
Ingredients
1
pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2
cups fresh pea pods or one 6-ounce package frozen pea pods, thawed
1/4
cup soy sauce
2
tablespoons rice vinegar or white vinegar
1
teaspoon purchased chili oil or Chili Oil (see recipe below)
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper
8
ounces steamed or fresh Chinese egg noodles or 5 ounces dried Chinese egg noodles
1
tablespoon cooking oil
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
large sweet red or green pepper, cut into thin strips (1-1/3 cups)
2
green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1/4
cup coarsely chopped peanuts
Directions
  1. Cut chicken into 3/4-inch pieces. Coarsely chop the pea pods. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar or white vinegar, chili oil, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan cook noodles in boiling lightly salted water for 4 to 6 minutes or until tender. Drain. Set aside.
  3. Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Stir-fry the garlic in hot oil for 15 seconds. Add the pea pods, red or green pepper, and green onions; stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove the vegetables from the wok.
  4. Add half of the chicken to the hot wok. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until no pink remains. Remove the chicken from the wok. Repeat with remaining chicken. Return all chicken to the wok. Add the sauce to the wok. Add the cooked vegetables and noodles. Stir ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or until heated through. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve immediately. Makes 5 servings.
Chili Oil
Ingredients
1/3
cup cooking oil
2
tablespoons sesame oil
2
tablespoons ground red pepper
Directions
  1. For milder flavor, increase cooking oil to 1/2 cup.
  2. In a small sauepan heat cooking oil and sesame oil to 365 degree F. Remove from heat. Stir in ground red pepper. Cool. Strain. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Nutrition Facts (Szechwan Chicken-Pasta Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 295 kcal cal.,
  • 11 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 72 mg chol.,
  • 914 mg sodium,
  • 21 g carb.,
  • 28 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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