Friday, February 17, 2006

Lookin' for dinner in a hurry?

Tonight's recipe for dinner, Peanut Chicken Soba Salad, can be made in a snap and would be great for leftovers during the week as lunches. You could even speed up the prep process by buying a pre-roasted chicken or already shredded meat.

What makes this meal is the sauce the chicken sits in. It may take some looking around to find it, but the roasted peanut oil is so worth it for this dish alone. The sauce has a bit of spice from chili-garlic sauce and some sweetness from honey. Crisp texture from fresh carrots gave a nice contrast paired with the tender buckwheat noodles. I liked using the fresh basil here, I found it to brighten up the flavors quite a bit. The salad is finished off with a sprinkling of crunchy chopped peanuts. I think the salad could take on a few more veggies to stretch the dish like snow peas or edamame. If you don't want to use meat in this dish, some cubed firm tofu would be a great alternative.


  1. Looks delish! I'm adding soba noodles to my shopping list for tomorrow's trip to Trader Joe's.

  2. This is one of my all time favorite salads! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well.

  3. This looks fantastic! I am always looking for new ways to use leftover roasted chicken.

  4. I am gonna make this delicious salad for today's lunch...with some corn kernels for the smoothie touch and some golden brown caramelized onions for the crunchy one....
    miam miam...

  5. I have a similar recipe and it's one of my favorite weeknight meals - I'lll have to give this one a try!

  6. This looks excellent. I think a vegetarian version would be just as fabulous.

  7. Biscuit Girl - They have a new soba at TJ's I am itching to try, but not sure if I want to jump for it yet!

    Jennifer - I can see having this one often in the summer!

    Mrs Canada - Thanks, and I'm always on the look out too!

    Sabine - Your additions sound like they would go quite well!

    Mebeth - Let us know if you end up trying it!

    Fiber - I agree, if we are brave enough to try Tofu again this will have to be up on the list.