Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cold Peanut Noodles with Grilled Chicken~Wanna Be a Country Cleaver


Welcome to Wednesday everyone. Hope y'all are having a great week so far!
We have another friend with us in the kitchen today.

It is the ever-so-lovely and talented Megan from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver.
This gal is a real gem. When she is not at work, she is usually found either in the kitchen or hanging out with her fiance, Ben and their adorable labrador, Huck.

Megan is such a talent and she often brings a new and refreshing perspective to many of her dishes.
Whether she is cooking up a classic dish, or putting a new spin on an old favorite, you are bound to find yourself drooling over many of her recipes.

I hope you will help me give a warm country welcome to Megan!
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  A little about myself...

I'm 25, getting married next year to the love of my life who puts up with my incessant cooking, photo taking and all of my bad habits. He's a through and through country kid would gave up the AG-life to move out here to the city and head back to school for nursing. 
I work full time in construction management, but my passion is cooking, baking, and all things that don't include sitting behind a desk. 
There are no kids in the picture, unless you count my ridiculously gooby labrador, Huck, who is as squishy faced as they come. If he were a human he'd be the third grader you remember from your school days who sat in the back of class with the runny nose all day and wore cokebottle glasses. You can't help but love him, because he wants to be friends with everybody. He's allergic to everything (I mean, everything) and has hip dysplasia at 3 years of age. But who better of a mama for him to have than me - because of my own back injuries from my college days as a competitive lumberjack?! 
Ben (my hunny) and I miss the country very dearly, it's where we want to be. We just figure we're taking the scenic route back. So in the mean time I write my blog about wanting to become the ultimate June Cleaver of the country, despite being surrounded by city.

A little about this dish...

 This is a recipe that my bestie and I have frequently made through the summers with it's refreshing cold cucumber and noodles, grilled chicken and a ridiculously addictive peanut sauce to top it all off.
We nom on this on those hot summer evenings with a glass of white wine and laugh about life. You can't lose with this one, especially when it is so utterly easy.
Ingredients:

FOR THE SAUCE
  1 Tbsp. Garlic, Minced
1 Tbsp. Ginger, Minced
2 Tbsp. Cilantro, Chopped
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
½ cups Creamy Peanut Butter
4 Tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
4 Tbsp. White Wine
1 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
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FOR THE ASSEMBLY:
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cubed And Cooked (if cooking on grill, cook whole breasts and slice)
3 packages Top Ramen Noodles, 3 Ounce Packages
1 Cucumber, Peeled, Halved And Deseeded
2 Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
Salt And Pepper

Directions:
Sauce –
When ginger, garlic, cilantro have been chopped, place these ingreedients along with veggie oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, white wine and honey into a blender and beat together throughly. This may require a stop, scrape and begin again action, so just make sure it’s all incorporated nicely. Set aside.
Chicken –
In a frying pan, saute cubed chicken until cooked through, adding salt and pepper if you wish. Drain juices away and set aside.
Pasta –
Cook according to package directions, and when done drain away water and rinse with cold water until the noodles have stopped cooking. Toss with a little additional oil if needed to keep them from sticking together.
Cucumber –
When peeled, halve and scoop seeds out with a spoon. Slice thinly to look like half moon shapes. You don't need to peel cucumbers if using English (hothouse) cucumbers.
In a large bowl, toss about half of the peanut sauce with the noodles until all coated. Add in chicken as well and toss again.
Serve on plate, topping with cucumbers, sliced green onions and any additional sauce you may want.
Perfect hot and cold dish for a summer day.
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This looks so good! I could see this dish being a hit at baby and bridal showers too!

I hope y'all will take the time to visit Megan over on her blog.

If you want to get daily updates on what Megan is cooking up, she can be found hanging out on facebook as well as twitter.

Also, Megan is currently in a competition with the Today show!
Her Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries, on the Today Show facebook page, are in the running. If her recipe wins, it will be featured on the Today show website and she might even be chosen to come on the show! If it's not too much trouble, Megan would love to have your vote. It only takes one click!


Enjoy!

Printable Recipe Here

11 comments :

Pretend Chef said...

That peanut sauce has me giddy to run to the store to purchase the needed ingredients to put this together. Yummy! Great guest post.

RavieNomNoms said...

I love peanut sauces! This looks great! Fabulous guest post! I know how you feel, I work at a desk all day and I love coming home and being able to cook and bake.

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a great guest post ladies! This dish looks incredible!! :)

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Great guest post I love peanut sauce!

Charissa said...

Ooh, I do love a good dipping sauce!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

Looks delicious! Great guest post!

scratch-made wife said...

You threw peanut butter and pasta together, and I fell in love. ;) I'm not sure I can serve this to the husband ('cause he'll probably tell me it's weird), but I know I want to make it for myself!

Erin said...

The sauce sounds great over the chicken and pasta! What a great dinner!

Rinku said...

Too bad I cannot eat this off your blog! This recipe has some of my most favorite flavors.

Aarthi said...

Awesome one

Veronica Gantley said...

Winner Winner Chicken dinner! I have all this in my pantry. Guess what I am making for dinner tonight? Thanks for sharing.