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Sesame Noodles

This recipe is a variation on something my ex-boyfriends mother made for me. I know, I know it sounds obscure, but she made it and then I started cooking this for myself throughout high school and college, because it was inexpensive and delicious. I have added to it to make it into a meal not just noodles.

To start chop and seed a red pepper and set aside. Then, you need a large chicken breast, sliced in half width-wise.

This will make it cook quicker and less likely to dry out. Season your chicken on both sides with salt, freshly ground pepper and granulated garlic powder. Heat a nonstick pan sprayed with olive oil cooking spray over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add your chicken and cook it 7-10 minutes per side until cooked through and seared on both sides. Remove and allow to cool then slice.

Next take a bunch of broccoli and chop of the ends and peel the outside of the stems off, then slice the ends thinly and chop off the florets.

Heat a large saute pan with a 1/4 inch of water over medium heat. Then add your broccoli and cook until bright green and most of the water is evaporated about 5-10 minutes. When it’s done, drain the broccoli and rinse with cold water, so the color will stay green and the broccoli will not overcook.

Bring a large pot filled with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling remove the pan from the heat and add the ramen noodles, DO NOT INCLUDE THE FLAVOR PACKETS (throw them out, they’re garbage), and set aside for 3 minutes. Then immediately drain the noodles and add to a large nonstick saute pan and wait for the water to evaporate. Then add 3/4 of a cup of reduced sodium soy sauce and cook until most of the soy sauce is absorbed into the noodles and only traces remain, stirring to mix thoroughly. Then add 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil  to the noodles and let them sit for 2-3 minutes. Your goal is to fry the noodles a little an crisp them up. Stir them and then let them sit for 2-3 minutes continuing this process 4 times until your noodles are a mixture of crispy and non-crispy, if you need to add more sesame oil you can but be careful you do not want them to end up being greasy I would advise not more than 4 tablespoons total. Then stir in the broccoli, red pepper, and chicken and top with 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds. Eat and enjoy.

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Sesame Noodles

  • Servings: 4 side servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

-1 large chicken breast, sliced width wise

-dash of salt

-freshly ground pepper

-granulated garlic powder

-olive oil cooking spray

-1 large head of broccoli

-1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

-4 packages of ramen noodles, noodles only not including the flavor packets

-3/4 of a cup of reduced sodium soy sauce

-1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon sesame oil

-1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Slice the end off of the broccoli and peel the tough skin off of the stems. Then thinly slice the stems and chop the florets into bite sized pieces.
  2. Season your chicken on both sides with salt, freshly ground pepper and granulated garlic powder. Heat a nonstick pan sprayed with olive oil cooking spray over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook it 7-10 minutes per side until cooked through and seared on both sides. Remove and allow to cool then slice.
  3. Heat a large saute pan with a 1/4 inch of water over medium heat. Then add the broccoli and cook until bright green and most of the water is evaporated about 5-10 minutes. Drain the broccoli and rinse with cold water, so the color will stay green and the broccoli will not overcook.
  4. Bring a large pot filled with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling remove the pan from the heat and add the ramen noodles. Cook for 3 minutes, and drain.
  5. Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add the noodles and cook off any remaining water. Add the soy sauce, stir to mix well. Cook until only minimal traces of soy sauce remain. Add 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil. Do not stir for 2-3 minutes, frying the noodles to be crispy, repeat this process 4 times to have a good mixture of crispy and non-crispy noodles. Stir in the red bell pepper, broccoli and chicken slices. Top with sesame seeds and serve.

If using regular soy sauce, add less and adjust to taste.

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