This recipe for Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Sesame Soba Noodles is a quick and healthy weeknight meal ready in under 30 minutes thanks to rotisserie chicken.
A honey, jalapeño and cilantro sauce coats the chicken which gives it a touch of sweet and spice. All of this deliciousness sits on top of soba noodles dressed with sesame-soy sauce and then topped with extra jalapeños and diced red pepper for a delicious Asian noodle bowl.
Asian noodle bowls are one of my favorite dishes to make during the week. The noodles cook so quickly (try this 5 min soba noodle bowl) and they soak up all kind of delicious flavor combinations.
This noodle bowl is especially fast – pick up a store bought rotisserie chicken, a package of noodles, cilantro, red pepper and a jalapeño. Put it all together for a dish that is packed with complex flavors, but is a cinch to put together.
How to Make Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Sesame Soba Noodles
Step 1: Blend Honey-Jalapeño Sauce + combine with Chicken
Just a quick whirl in the Cuisinart is all that’s needed for this honey jalapeño sauce. Toss it in a saucepan with the pulled rotisserie chicken until heated through.
It won’t be a lot of sauce, just enough to coat the chicken.
Step 2: Boil Noodles + Toss with Sesame Soy Dressing
Any noodles will do in this recipe, but soba noodles are the best. Soba noodles are made from a blend of whole wheat and buckwheat flour which gives them a nutty taste and they are quick cooking! I can usually find these soba noodles at World Market if you have one near your house.
If you are gluten free, you can use these 100% buckwheat noodles; however, it might be harder to source these locally.
Step 3: Combine noodles and chicken. Top with extra jalapeño and red peppers. Enjoy!
This Sweet and Spicy chicken is coated in a honey, jalapeño and cilantro sauce and sits on top of a bowl of soba noodles seasoned with sesame - soy sauce for a delicious Asian noodle bowl.
- 12 ounces soba noodles
- 1 jalapeño seeds removed, more sliced for topping if desired
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves and some stem - that's where the flavor is!
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 to 3 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 rotisserie chicken pulled, shredded or sliced
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 red pepper chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions green part only
- sesame seeds for topping
Start a pot of water on the stove for the noodles.
In a food processor, combine jalapeño, honey, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, adding up to 3 tablespoons of water until a nice sauce forms. I usually add about 1.5 tbs of water.
Add olive oil into a preheated skillet. Add the pulled chicken and cilantro sauce, tossing until heated through. About 5-10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and scallions.
Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss them in the large bowl with soy sauce mixture until well coated.
Pour heated chicken and sauce over noodles.
Garnish with chopped red pepper, slices of jalapeños and sesame seeds.
adapted from foodnetwork.com