I’m getting hungry just posting this.
Rob and I tried this the other night when we were craving something healthy and tasty. I am a Thai food fanatic; Rob has a Chinese food phobia. I wanted to find something with a perfect balance of flavor and moisture and texture that was as far from takeout leftovers as you can get. We both decided we could easily have this once a week and never get sick of it.
Yes, you are going to love it that much!
First, I tore this page out of a magazine so I don’t have the recipe for “Spice-Rubbed Chicken” that they mention, but I’ll tell you what I did to it: I cooked the breasts in olive oil with cumin, curry, cayenne, and ground turmeric. It smells amazing cooking (bonus) but also gives it a big kick which I think the whole recipe would be lacking without. Let the breasts sit then slice them. Also, I added a handful of chopped peanuts—you can’t go wrong.
You will need:
4 cups water, 6 oz rice sticks/noodles, olive oil, chx breasts, 2 Tbsp lime juice*, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 medium green onion, sliced; 1 cup arugula leaves**; 1/2 cup packed basil leaves; 1/4 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves; crushed red pepper.
With which you will:
Bring water to boiling, remove from heat, add noodles and let cook 8-10 minutes. Drain and blanch with cold water. This could vary depending on the noodles package, so I recommend just following that. In a skillet, heat oil over med-high, add chicken and let heat through. Remove from heat and add lime juice, soy sauce, green onion. Add noodles, arugula, basil, cilantro. Toss to combine. Sprinkle crushed red pepper.
*I probably doubled the lime juice. The acidity was key with the greens and kept it moist when the temperature cooled off. Also, we used more noodles and without it, the flavor would have been lost in the carbohydrates.
**I used baby spinach (a lot of it) instead of arugula and it was incredible. Very crisp and refreshing. We also used probably twice as much cilantro (Rob’s fetish), and it was perfect. I also used at least twice as much green onion as well. Go big or go home!