Sesame Chicken w/Noodles & Broccoli

As I type this blog post, I sit here eating leftovers from this yummy dish. That's right, I tried another new recipe yesterday, and it was really good. With a few minor adjustments to a recipe I found on Pinterest, of course. Part of the way through the cooking process though, I thought I'd hate it, because it uses sesame oil, and I hate the smell of sesame oil. BUT... I'm happy to report that it tastes much better than sesame oil smells. Yay!

Without further ado, I give you Sesame Chicken w/Noodles & Broccoli.


And for those of you who are interested in recreating this dish, here are the details...

Ingredients

1/4 cup soy sauce (I use low sodium & a smidge less)
3-4 Tbsp honey (the sweeter the better for me)
2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1-2 tsp Sriracha (depending on how spicy you want it)
12 oz dry thin spaghetti (you can use udon and other noodles)
3 cups broccoli florets cut small
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic (I use a grater)
1 Tbsp peeled and minced ginger (again, I use a grater)
1-2 Tbsp sesame seeds (for garnish)


Directions

In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sriracha, and set aside.

Next, you want to start the chicken and noodles together, so they are done close to the same time. I start cooking the chicken and boiling the water at the same time. That way the chicken is done just before the noodles, which gives the pan time to cool a bit. 

You'll cook the noodles according to package directions, and about 3 to 5 minutes before they are done, add in the broccoli; drain when done.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook about 5-6 minutes. At this point add in the garlic and ginger, and then cook a few minutes longer or until chicken has cooked through. Drain (if needed), then remove skillet from heat and let it cool until the noodles are done. 

Add the noodles and broccoli to the chicken, and then pour the sauce over the mixture and stir. (You may want to whisk the sauce again before pouring it in.) Return skillet to medium heat and cook noodles until more than half of the sauce has absorbed into pasta. Stirring occasionally. 

Garnish with sesame seeds and serve. Yum!