COLD SESAME NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI
1 bunch broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter or tahini
1/2 cup hot water
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 to 1 tsp crushed hot red pepper
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1/2 pound linguine or oriental noodles
2 TBSP Oriental sesame oil
1 TBSP vegetable oil
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup chopped scallions
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, poached and shredded
In a large caucepan of boiling water, cook broccoli until bright
green and crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain into collander and
rinse until cool, drain well.
Combine peanut butter (or tahini) amd water in a blender or food
processor mix until smooth. Add soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil,
sugar, garlic, and red pepper, blend.
Put cooked chicken in medium bowl, add peanut-sesame sauce and toss
to coat. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator up to two
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until tender
but still firm to the bite. Drain and rinse under cold running
water, drain well.
In a large boil, toss noodles with vegetable oil. Add chicken with
sauce, broccoli, and scallions. Toss and serve slightly chilled
or at room temperature.