Asian Braised Chicken and Noodles is a fast, healthy and delicious meal that the entire family will love. Affiliate links have been used to link to items I am discussing.
Whew! Deep breath. OK, the move is not done, in the sense that there are boxes, and people I mean boxes still to unpack. But the kitchen is useable, so I am slowly returning to cooking and baking (stay tuned for the cake we whipped up this past weekend too!).
Right now I am still kind of numb… I suppose that sounds bad, but I don’t mean it as bad or good, it just is. I am too busy unpacking and figuring out where things are to think too much about what we left behind. Some things are better– the master bathroom is AH-mazing (jacuzzi jets!) as is the master closet. The kids’ bedrooms are much smaller however, which is extra tough for Alex because we discovered the “basement” (it is not exactly a true basement but rather the bottom floor of a three story townhouse) has no door, so the cat’s home base is Alex’s room for the next year. The kitchen is pretty new and could definitely be worse (anyone remember the kitchen I was using when I first started blogging?), but it is much smaller than what I had before. With a tiny dishwasher and no convection oven (to list my two biggest complaints). And of all the really weird issues, I think the designer chose cupboards and drawers that require pulls, but then skimped on costs by not adding pulls. I curse several times a day just trying to open my drawers!
But it truly could be worse and it is only for a year.
Another big adjustment is trying to figure out the best place to take pictures of my food. So expect some experimenting over the next month or so, especially in the beginning while I am also still working around boxes.
John is at orientation this week in California (yes, all orientation for Google is in California; it does not matter what office you will be working at), but I was determined to get him one home cooked meal before he left. I also, after unpacking, ahem, my pantry, am more determined than ever to use what I already own, so this Asian Braised Chicken and Noodles was cobbled together from what I had around plus some fresh produce. The green beans were a no brainer given the season, but feel free to use other vegetables other times of the year.
This Asian Braised Chicken and Noodles was adapted from a dish I found in John Gregory-Smith’s Mighty Spice Express Cookbook: Fast, Fresh, and Full-on Flavors from Street Foods to the Spectacular. I am super excited about quite a few dishes from this book–and you guys will be amused to know that we do have a Half Priced Books close to here–and I found this book several days after arriving. I know you were all concerned about my used bookstore cookbook habit! Anyway, the book is worth checking out for anyone inspired by the flavors of Asia and India.
The dish was a big hit with the family–who had not had homemade food in several weeks! And other than being patient for the browning of the chicken and the braising, it is a super simple dish, great for weeknights, and, as mentioned previously, flexible for adding whatever protein and vegetables you prefer (obviously braising red meat will take much longer).
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken pieces
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 2 T light soy sauce
- 3 T superior dark soy sauce
- 1 T oyster sauce
- 1/2 T sesame oil
- 3 T dry white wine
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1/2 t ground ginger
- 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- salt to taste
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 slender green zucchini, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 slender yellow squash, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 sweet bell pepper, thinly sliced
- Several handfuls green beans, cleaned and ends snapped
- 1 lb dry rice noodles, cooked (any width will work, I used a medium thickness) and then rinsed with cold water
- 1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped
- Gojuchang for serving
Bring water to a boil in a large pot to prepare the noodles while you are working on the chicken.
Choose a large, heavy-bottomed pot (like a Dutch oven) and heat over medium high heat with the vegetable oil. When it is hot, add the chicken pieces in a single layer; you will probably need to do this in 2 batches. Brown the chicken on each side, 5-8 minutes per side, before removing to a bowl.
While the chicken is browning, whisk up the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
When the chicken is removed, add the onions to the pot. Add a splash of water if there are lots of stuck chicken bits to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are starting to caramelize.
Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the whisked sauce into the pot and bring to a boil. Then add the chicken back into the pot, along with any accumulated juices. Mix the chicken into the sauce and then cover the pot. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Let cook for 10 minutes.
Add the zucchini, summer squash and bell pepper. Stir into the dish and bring the liquid back to a boil. Once again cover and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 5 minutes.
Toss the green beans on top of the chicken and vegetables. Bring the liquid back to a boil, and then again cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the green beans are steamed to your liking (we like them pretty crisp); by now the chicken should also be done.
Add the cooked noodles to the pot and stir them into the dish. Mix in the chopped cilantro.
Taste the dish for additional salt or brown sugar. Serve hot, with gojuchang on the side for those who like their dishes spicy.