Noodles with Chicken and Mixed Vegetables

Noodles with Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
Staff Writer
Chicken, Vegetables and noodles
Will Heap
Chicken, Vegetables and noodles

This dish can be served with spicy pickled vegetables and kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean specialty made by pickling vegetables and their leaves and herbs in brine. The taste varies depending on where in Korea it is made and what the maker prefers — from hot and spicy to sweet or sour, there is an infinite variety.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine or pale dry sherry
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 scallion, finely sliced
  • 1 pound skinless chicken breast filets, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 dried Chinese black (shiitake) mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, drained, stems discarded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 small carrots, cut into thin sticks
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin sticks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin sticks
  • 1 zucchini, cut into thin sticks
  • 2 ¼ ounces transparent noodles, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes, rinsed under cold water, and drained
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Directions

Place the soy sauce, rice wine, garlic, sesame seeds, sugar, and scallion in a bowl and mix thoroughly, then add the chicken slices, cover, and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Heat ½ tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok and stir-fry the vegetables, one at a time, over high heat until they are tender but still crisp, then set aside.

Heat the remaining ½ tablespoon oil in the wok and stir-fry the noodles — turning them so they heat evenly — until they are tender, then turn theminto a warmed serving bowl.

Return the vegetables to the pan, add the chicken, and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through. Place the chicken and vegetables on top of the noodles, sprinkle with the toasted sesame seed, and serve.

Noodle Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Noodle Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chile peppers as well as sugar and garlic.