Sunday, September 26, 2021
Sept. 26, 2021

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Chinese noodles, vegetables make versatile one-dish meal


This is a simple one-dish meal made with shiitake mushrooms, chicken, cashew nuts and an Asian dressing. It can be served warm or at room temperature.

I’ve given substitutions for some of the ingredients so that you can make this salad with ingredients you have on hand, if you prefer.

Sesame oil lends a nutty flavor. Toasted sesame oil can be found in most supermarkets. I prefer its more intense sesame flavor.

Steamed Chinese noodles can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce department. You can use dried Chinese noodles or angel hair pasta instead.

Helpful Hints:

  • White vinegar diluted with a little water can be used instead of rice vinegar.
  • Any variety of cooked chicken strips, pieces, roasted or rotisserie can be used.
  • Regular sesame oil or canola oil can be used instead of toasted sesame oil.
  • Any sliced mushrooms can be used instead of shiitake.
  • Minced garlic can be found in jars in the produce section of the market.
  • Walnuts can be used instead of cashew nuts.
  • A quick way to slice scallions is to snip them with a scissors.

Chinese Salad With Asian Dressing

Yield 2 servings. Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (divided use)

1/4 pound steamed or dried Chinese noodles (about 1/2 cup)

3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 teaspoons minced garlic

1 red bell pepper, sliced (about 11/2 cups)

1 cup sliced shiitake or portobello mushrooms

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Washed, ready-to-eat Romaine lettuce (about 3 cups)

2 scallions, sliced (about 1/3 cup)

2 tablespoons unsalted cashew nuts

Place a medium saucepan filled with water on to boil over high heat. Mix the soy sauce, vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil together. When water comes to a boil, add the noodles. Boil 2 minutes and drain in a colander. Run cold water through them. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over high heat and add the chicken and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper and mushrooms. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and stir-fry 1 minute. Remove wok from the heat and add the noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste and the sauce. Toss well. Divide lettuce leaves between 2 dinner plates. Spoon noodle and meat mixture over lettuce. Sprinkle sliced scallion and cashews on top.