Chinese Chicken Salad With Pasta


Chinese Chicken Salad With Pasta

There are so many wonderful flavors because the sauce the chicken cooks in, which then gets tossed with the pasta and vegetables, is packed with the quintessential Chinese chicken salad flavors: Soy, sesame, rice wine vinegar, honey, lemon and it keeps the chicken perfectly moist, tender, and coats the pasta and vegetables beautifully.


3/4 lb Fettucine
     12 oz Cooked chicken or smoked
      4    Scallions; thinly sliced
      2 tb Oriental sesame oil – (to 3
      2 tb Rice vinegar – (to 3 tbspns)
      2 ts Chinese chili paste with
    1/4 c  Chunky peanut butter
           Salt; to taste
           Crushed red pepper; to taste
           Spinach leaves; as a bed for
           – salad
      2    Kirby cucumbers; peeled,
           and grated for garnish
           Chopped peanuts and/or
           -cilantro lea; for garnish,


Procedures : Boil the pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes.
While the water is coming to a boil for the pasta and the pasta itself is
cooking, cut the chicken into strips about 2 inches long and 1/4-inch wide.
In the bottom of a mixing bowl combine the scallions, sesame oil, rice vinegar,
chili paste and peanut butter. Whisk until smooth and season with
salt and crushed red pepper. Add more of any ingredient to make it taste
as you wish.
Add the chicken. When the pasta is done, drain and rinse it under cold
water to stop the cooking process and pat dry. Add the pasta to the bowl,
toss the ingredients together and adjust the seasoning.
Transfer the salad to a platter lined with spinach leaves (dressed or not
as you wish with a vinaigrette or favorite salad dressing). Garnish with cucumbers
, peanuts or cilantro.

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