Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rice Noodles with Peanut-Lime Sauce

I have been on a serious cilantro kick...  I love the fresh, clean taste of it; plus, it is very versatile.  When smitten kitchen put up a cold rice noodles with peanut-lime sauce recipe, it sounded delicious!  I made several adjustments because, frankly, the original was a bit too much work so I shortened it and made it 'hot' instead.  My version is DELICIOUS!

{So yummy!}

My version is hot (temperature wise); it has the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.  Rice noodles are very easy to make--boil water, put them in, and let them cook for about 2 minutes.  Fastest. Noodles.  EVER!

{Hubby hates soy sauce so I used ponzu which is a citrus flavored soy sauce.  It tastes much less salty than original soy sauce}

{Fresh ginger is great--peeling and grating it is not.  So I used the shortcut, and it tastes just as good}

{Yummy sauce!  I might have poured out a small bowl and eaten just the sauce....}

{Searing the chicken}

{Add vegetables}

{Add sauce when vegetables are almost tender}

{Rice noodles available at any Asian store or in the Asian section}

{Fast and easy--my favorite words}

Rice Noodles with Peanut-Lime Sauce

Serves 2


1 cup ponzu
1/2 cup lime juice
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, minced
6 tablespoons natural unsalted peanut butter
3 tablespoons seasme seed oil, divided
1 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced
1 pound vegetables of your choice
4 oz dried rice noodles
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup crushed peanuts, roasted (optional)
  1. Mix first 8 ingredients to make sauce (only 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil).
  2. Heat remaining seasame seed oil in skillet unitl hot; add chicken and sear until done.
  3. Add vegetables and cover; allow to steam until vegetables are almost tender.
  4. Add sauce to vegetables; simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Meanwhile, heat water in a saucepan for noodles; when water is boiling add noodles and turn off.
  6. Cook noodles for about 2 minutes or until tender.
  7. Place noodles in the bottom of a bowl; top with vegetable mixture, cilantro and peanuts.
Much easier isn't it?  What do you think about the cilantro in this dish?  Excellent to keep the palate light and to cut the peanut butter!
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