It's time to get rid of the hot soups and carb filled dishes! It is Spring time in the beautiful state of Washington. With the weather getting warmer, who wants to have a hot meal? This recipe is a Spring time must! It's easy, fast to make, and as always, it's super affordable. This recipe uses Oriental Ramen Noodles and blows the regular Ramen soup out of the water! My picky son also loves this recipe, and recently ate two whole bowls in one sitting. It's healthy, and is a recipe I don't mind feeding my 4-year old son. So…make yourself a bowl, sit out on the porch, soak up some sun, and relax!
Crunchy Chicken Salad
Cost Per Serving: $1 (Makes 6 servings)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
I love this recipe because you can really alter it in any way you like. Instead of using the roasted peanuts, I used sliced natural almonds. The recipe calls for 4 medium green onions, but I used one whole red onion to give it a little more kick. I was able to make this recipe from everything I had in my pantry, but I did have to go to the store for the almonds.
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 package (3 ounces) Oriental-flavor ramen noodle soup
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups cut-up cooked chicken
- 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
- 4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
- 1 bag (16 ounces) coleslaw mix
Step #1: Cut two large chicken breasts into cubes. Cook in 10-inch skillet until fully cooked. Set aside.
Step #2: Melt the butter in a 10-inch skillet (you can reuse the skillet from the chicken) over medium heat. Stir in the seasoning packet from the Oriental Ramen Noodles. Crush the Ramen Noodles into bite-size pieces (try to crush into very small pieces – no chunks). Stir the noodles into the butter mixture. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, and then stir in the sesame seed old. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the noodles start to turn golden brown.
Step #3: Mix the sugar, vinegar, oil and pepper in a very large bowl. Add the chicken, onions, noodle mixture and all other ingredients to the bowl. Toss and serve!
I told you this was a very easy recipe! It might be super easy to make, but it will look and taste like you spent an hour making it. Try adding peppers, cilantro or other herbs you love. Next time, I am going to make it with turkey instead of chicken. Get your spring on, and make this delicious salad. Its super light, but also very filling. It can be served as a side, or as the main dish. Depending on how busy my nights are, I will serve this with stuffed peppers or all by itself. Let me know what variations you make. I will be sure to try them all out!
You can find the original recipe HERE