Today my knitting buddies are coming to my house to knit and chat. I am serving lunch and decided on a cold salad plate. We will have chilled minted pea soup to start and then have an oriental flavored chicken salad as an entree. For dessert, it will be homemade biscotti and fresh fruit with a margarita dip. I will pass on the chicken recipe today, and later the recipes for biscotti and the fruit dip. Stay tuned for those!
I don’t remember exactly where I found this chicken recipe. I know it was in a magazine about 15 years ago. It looked interesting and it is. It’s a chicken salad with ramen noodles and lots of vegetables. I never cook a chicken breast just for this recipe but will cook an extra one when I am cooking chicken for dinner or just use leftovers.
At the time I found this recipe, you could get low-fat ramen noodles but I haven’t been able to find them recently. It is a bit salty, so if you’re watching your sodium intake, make the rest of your meals that day a little less salty than normal.
Chicken Nooodle Salad
1 3 oz.package oriental flavored Ramen noodle soup mix
2 c. boiling water, for cooking noodles
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 c. red or green or combination bell peppers
1/2 c. chopped fresh spinach
1 cooked chicken breast, or about 1 c. of leftover cooked chicken meat, chopped
1-2 T. light mayonnaise
2 t. low-sodium soy sauce
1 t. lemon juice
1/4 t. cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce, to taste
1. Remove seasoning packet from the Ramen noodles and put contents of packet in a bowl with lemon juice and soy sauce. Let the seasonings dissolve and mix with mayonnaise and red pepper. Set aside.
2. Break up the noodles into approximately 1″ lengths. (This makes is easier to mix the noodles with the other ingredients.)Cook noodles per directions on package. Drain. Let cool for a few minutes.
3. Combine vegetables and soy mix with chicken. Add cooled noodles and gently mix. Cover and chill.
Obviously, you can vary the amounts of all the vegetables, and add whatever else you might like, water chestnuts, bok shoy, etc. I like it with more chicken than the recipe calls for.