Saturday, 24 May 2008

Poached chicken and soba noodle salad with soy dressing

This recipe is another from Bill Granger's Bills Food. It's a quick, easy, healthy dinner that is really light and tasty.

DD said that "the delicate flavours danced across his palate". It's a pity that he was mocking my blog at the time. I'm quoting him anyway because it's true!

DD doesn't really like soba noodles, so I cooked him and our housemate some ramen noodles instead. I love soba noodles so that just meant more for me!

Poached chicken and soba noodle salad with soy dressing
from Bills Food by Bill Granger

250g soba noodles (I used 90g soba and 180g ramen)

soy dressing

60ml light or Japanese soy sauce
60ml mirin
2 tbs seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, finely chopped

poached chicken

1 tbs black peppercorns
3 thick slices of ginger
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
2 tbs sea salt
4 chicken breast fillets

Make the dressing by stirring all the dressing ingredients in a bowl until combined.

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add the noodles and cook for 3 minutes or until al dente. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water to cool them. Toss half the soy dressing through.

Put the peppercorns, ginger, spring onion and salt in a medium to large saucepan, fill with cold water and bring to the boil over high heat.

Add the chicken breasts and stir. Turn off the heat, cover with a tight-fitting lid and leave for 1 hour before cutting into slices.

Divide the noodles among four plates (or three plates and a lunchbox, in our case) and top with snow pea sprouts and chicken. Spoon the remaining dressing over the top.

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