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Asian chicken and noodle salad

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Serves 2

A deliciously filling and healthy dish. You can change the amount of lettuce you use to make a smaller or larger portion.

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  • Marinade -
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil (groundnut would work too)
  • 2-3 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • a good shake of tabasco (i add between 10 and 20 drops, because I love the flavour but it could be omitted)
  • Rest of dish -
  • 4 chicken thighs, flattened out to make sure they are even
  • 2 portion rice noodles
  • 2 pak choi, chopped
  • 1 bag lettuce (mixed leaves work well)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp veg stock


    1. Firstly, yuo need to place all you marinade ingredients in to a glass bowl and place your chicken thighs on top, mix them until they are thoroughly covered in the marinade and put in the fridge for between 30 minutes and an hour
    2. Once the chicken has marinated for long enough, put a griddle pan on high heat (do not add any oil, just heat it dry) and place a pan of water on to boil. Whilst waiting for these to heat up share the mixed lettuce leaves between two dishes. I usually chop the lettuce further, so there is no need to use a knife.
    3. Once the griddle has been heating up for approximately 3 minutes put the chicken on. It is very important to a) have good ventilation because this is going to smoke a lot and b) you must not move the chicken once it begins cooking otherwise you will ruin the beautiful griddle marks. After 5 minutes on one side, turn the chicken over. Don't throw away the marinade!
    4. Meanwhile, your pan of water should now be boiling. throw in the turmeric, cumin and veg stock and then the noodles and leave to cook for their suggested cooking time. Once finished, drain and place on top of the lettuce leaves in the serving dishes.
    5. After the chicken is thoroughly cooked, chop it roughly into chunks (again this means you don't need a knife but also ensures you can check every bit is cooked through, if it isn't throw back in the pan quickly, and then place on top of the noodles.
    6. turn the heat down on the griddle pan and put the pak choi straight in, followed by the left over marinade.. Cook these off for another few minutes until the pak choi has softened slightly and the sauce has thickened. Add this to your stack of food and ensure the sauce is spread fully over the whole dish. It not only acts as a sauce, but as a dressing for the salad.

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