This is a really simple and delicious Asian dish you can prepare quickly at home for a weeknight meal you feel great about. The sauce is fabulous: spicy, savory, a little nutty from the sesame oil, a little sweet from the honey. It’s got a taste of everything. The snow peas give a nice crunch to the dish and scallions and cilantro add some freshness. I thought a one cup serving (6 P+) was filling, but I included nutritional information for 1 ½ cups as well in case you’re extra hungry. This meal comes together very quickly and tastes like it took a lot more effort. That’s my definition of a perfect weeknight dinner!
Spicy Sesame Noodles with ChickenSource: adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen
8 oz dry wheat spaghetti, broken in half
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup fresh snow peas
1 T grated fresh ginger (I grated mine on the smallest holed side of a box grater)
3 T rice wine vinegar
3 T reduced sodium soy sauce
1 T canola oil
1 T water
1 T sesame oil
2 ½ t sriracha (Thai hot sauce – found by the other Asian products)
2 t honey
1 cup chopped, cooked chicken breast
1 cup diced scallions (green onions)
½ cup chopped cilantro
1. Boil salted water in a large pot and cook the spaghetti al dente according to package directions.
2. When the spaghetti goes in, mist a skillet with cooking spray and add the garlic and snow peas. Bring over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until garlic is fragrant and snow peas are softer, yet still firm enough to crunch.
3. Combine the ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, water, sesame oil, sriracha and honey in a small bowl and stir to combine.
4. When the spaghetti is cooked, transfer to a colander to drain and then pour the spaghetti back into the pot. Add the chopped chicken pieces and snow peas/garlic. Pour the prepared sauce from step three over the spaghetti and stir until coated. Add the scallions and cilantro and stir in. Serve immediately.
Yields 6 (generous 1 cup) servings. Weight Watchers P+: 6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 238 calories, 35 g carbs, 6 g fat, 13 g protein, 5 g fiber
OR if you want a larger serving…
Yields 4 (1 ½ cup) servings. Weight Watchers P+: 9 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 356 calories, 53 g carbs, 9 g fat, 20 g protein, 8 g fiber