Monday, January 17, 2011

Week Night Dinner- Spicy Soba Noodles

Cooking on weeknights can be pretty easy if a) I leave work at a decent hour  b) if I kind of figure out a plan of dinners to make and c) if I properly grocery shopped for the week. I need a,b,c, in order to get it right. And even then by Wednesday night, I just want to eat dinner by the time I get home. So what I need is something easy, quick, healthy and delicious and also something Jason will like.

Enter spicy soba noodles.
The dish takes about 20 minutes to make and it's really good! I also like that the soba noodles I use only take 3 minutes to cook. If only all noodles would cook so fast!

So go ahead and make this quick week night dinner.  It's yummy and good for you and so customizable!

Spicy Soba Noodles
  • Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (your choice)
  • 2 carrots, julienned or grated
  • 1 Parisian cucumber julienned or thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions chopped thinly
  • 4-5 oz soba noodles (or about enough for two people)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 3 tbsp of orange juice
  • Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Fill pot with water and heat to high to bring to a boil.
  2. Thinly slice chicken breasts and set aside.
  3. Slice mushrooms, green onions and julienne or grate/thinly slice carrots and cucumbers. Set aside and keep veggies separate.
  4. Whisk together hot sauce, orange juice and the juice of one lime. Set aside.
  5. Fire up skillet to medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. When oil is hot, add in chicken. Liberally add some sauce while chicken is cooking. (2-3 minutes)
  6. At this point, you can add your soba noodles to the boiling pot of water. Cook noodles according to package and drain them when done & set aside.
  7. When chicken is done, set aside into a bowl. Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and heat. Toss in mushrooms and saute until done.
  8. Add back chicken and soba noodles to skillet. Toss in the sauce mixture until noodles are completely coated. Cook for 1-2 mins.
  9. Serve dish, adding generous amounts of carrots, cucumbers and green onion for garnish on top. (The raw carrot and cucumber help cool the palette in this otherwise really spicy dish!)

Note, this is a really spicy dish. If you'd like less spice, start with 1 tsp of sriracha sauce and add to the sauce mixture, coat the noodles per above instructions and then add more hot sauce to noodles to your liking.

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