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Szechwan Chicken-Pasta Salad

Makes: 5 servings
Start to Finish 40 mins
Szechwan Chicken-Pasta Salad
  • 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 - 1/2  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

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

Yield: 1/2 cup
  • 1/3  cup  cooking oil
  • 2  tablespoons  sesame oil
  • 2  tablespoons  ground red pepper

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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 5,
  • cal. (kcal) 295,
  • Fat, total (g) 11,
  • chol. (mg) 72,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 21,
  • pro. (g) 28,
  • sodium (mg) 914,
  • Potassium (mg) 438,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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