When I don’t feel well, I want noodles. Ideally, I want noodles, chicken broth and saltines. A few days ago, I woke up early to help set up the tents and tables for our weekly farmers’ market. By the time I was ready to leave the house, I felt overwhelmingly nauseated. I sent The Grillmaster to the market and I went back to bed. I spent the rest of the day sleeping, reading and watching a Chopped marathon on Food Network. (Chocolate-covered cherries, fried chicken, tortellini and frozen lemonade … GO!)
When I woke up (around dinner time), I craved noodles. I had quite a bit of energy after sleeping all day, so instead of warming a can of soup, I decided to try this Sesame Chicken and Noodles dish. It hit the spot. Next time I make it, I think I’ll hit it with a little bit of Sriracha too.
Make it Vegetarian: Use vegetable broth and skip the chicken.
Make it Gluten-free: Use GF rice noodles or rice sticks, GF chicken broth and GF soy sauce.
What do you like to eat when you’re sick?
Sesame Chicken and Noodles
A good substitute for chicken noodle soup when you aren't feeling well
- 4 ounces rice sticks uncooked
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup fresh snow peas
- 1 cup julienned carrots
- 1/2 cup sliced radishes
- 1 serrano chile pepper stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 12 ounces chicken breast meat cooked and shredded
- Toasted sesame seeds
Cook rice sticks according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add snow peas, carrots, radishes and chile pepper; cook about 2 minutes.
Add broth to wok. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer about 4 minutes. Add sesame oil, orange juice and tamari/soy sauce.
Divide noodles among four bowls. Add cabbage and chicken, then ladle broth on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.