Noodle Salad with Poached Chicken and Peanut-Lime Dressing
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Don't be intimidated by the long ingredient list. It all comes together in under an hour, and besides, this is really three recipes in one that can be mixed and matched with countless other meals.
Recipe Type: Entree, Salad, Side
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Poached Chicken:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised or 8 lemongrass leaves, roughly chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
Noodle Salad:
  • 6 ounces (170 g) thin rice noodles
  • 2 carrots, coarsely shredded
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts
For the Poached Chicken:
  1. Fill a large, deep pan with water and add the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, lemongrass, salt and pepper and bring to a rolling simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken breasts and bring the liquid back to a boil. Cook for a few minutes, then remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for about 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid with a slotted spoon and set aside. Let cool and then shred with two forks. (Don’t throw that liquid out! You’ve now got a beautiful broth – cover and bring to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes (just in case) then strain and serve. Add chicken or any veggies you like.)
For the Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette:
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until fully combined and smooth. Set aside (can be made a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator).
For the Noodle Salad:
  1. Meanwhile, put the rice noodles in a large heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over to cover. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, until the noodles are tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Return to the bowl.
  2. Add the carrots, cilantro, mint, scallions, peanuts, shredded chicken, and half the peanut-lime vinaigrette and toss (alternately, substitute 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or sliced tofu, raw or cooked). Taste and add more vinaigrette as needed.
Gluten free (be sure to confirm packaging on ingredients like soy sauce)

Kosher meat if you omit the fish sauce

Parve, Vegan and Vegetarian if you omit the chicken and fish sauce
Recipe by Katherine Martinelli at