SWEET SESAME NOODLES

With kids back in school and the hustle and bustle of everyone's schedules,  I thought it would be a good idea to add a recipe that is a snap to put together.   I love to find recipes that are quick and easy and this one fits the bill!  It took about a half hour to prepare, and it was very flavorful!  Don't be intimidated by the number of ingredients - it's mostly the sauce.  Also, you can substitute angel hair pasta or rice noodles for the soba.  And, the good news is, this is a Cooking Light recipe!

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package uncooked soba (buckwheat noodles - available in Asian aisle)

1 (8-ounce) package broccoli florets 

Cooking spray 

2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons dark sesame oil

2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce 

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter 

2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, divided

1 teaspoon brown sugar 

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 garlic clove, minced 

3 green onions, chopped

Preparation:

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add soba; cook 3 minutes. Add broccoli to pan; cook 3 minutes or until soba and broccoli are done. Drain.

2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan. Cut into 1-inch pieces.

3. Combine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, sugar, crushed red pepper, and garlic in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in noodle mixture and chicken. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sesame seeds and green onions.


Serves 4

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