G.G.S! This is how all great homemade Asian inspired dishes start! Ginger, garlic, scallions (green onions), and it’s delicious every time! These super easy Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli use the “holy trinity” and are ready in only 30 minutes!
Chef David taught me so much about food! From the minute I started at Sur La Table, he inspired me to do more in the kitchen, keep cooking and be better. He taught me so many skills to be the best chef I could be, and one of the very first things he taught me was GGS. Chef David inspired my love of cooking Asian dishes (as he was an Asian trained chef), and these Sesame Noodles are one of my very favorites.
Making easy weeknight meals has become more and more important to me, especially because I have been so busy at dinner time going to the gym, and with soccer practice and now soon, swimming lessons, there isn’t much time for making a big dinner. Which is why I love these sesame noodles so much! They take about 30 minutes to make from start to finish – even less if you don’t add the chicken, and are super slurpable!
When making a lot of Asian inspired dishes, I usually cheat and use a store bought Asian Sesame Soy salad dressing as base for my recipes, but I didn’t have any in my pantry, so I just made it the old way (and probably the tastier way), with ingredients I always have on hand! Asian inspired dishes always have a TON of ingredients, but it’s totally worth it because they all just work so well together, and it tastes just so delicious you really won’t care!
You also won’t care because you honestly just fry some chicken, boil some pasta and stir the ingredients together in a bowl then mix it all together in a pan. Really, really simple and takes only 30 minutes from start to finish with the longest time being boiling the water and the pasta! This is my kinda meal! Especially because I can get everything ready early, and when I get home from the gym, put it all together! Easy peasy! My kinda dinner!
1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
1 1/4 cups homemade chicken stock
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 lime, juiced
3 tbsp sesame paste (tahini)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 bunch green onions, divided
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp sirarcha, optional
1 head broccoli florets (2 cups)
1/2 lb spaghetti or udon noodles
1tsp each; white pepper and ginger
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp sesame oil, optional
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine; soy sauce, brown sugar, tahini, rice vinegar, chicken stock, lime juice, and sirarcha. Set aside.
In a large pan over medium-high heat, add chicken to pan and season with white pepper and ginger. Cook chicken for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly until all sides are browned. Remove from pan.
In the same pan, add garlic, ginger and all but 1 tbsp green onions. Stir and cook until the onions start to soften – about 1 minute.
Add soy sauce mixture to pan, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 5 minutes. Add chicken and broccoli back to pan.
Stir and let simmer and cook for 10-20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Once broccoli is tender, add spaghetti or udon noodles to pan. Using tongs, toss the pasta with the chicken, broccoli and sauce. Let cook for 3-5 more minutes to allow the noodles to absorb some of the sauce.
Serve right away in a large bowl and top with remaining green onions and sesame seeds.