Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad, Wagamama Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold. Photography © 2006 wagamama limited.

Wagamama Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold

Hugo Arnold turns his attention to wagamama’s core expertise—noodles: how to cook, serve and eat them. The distinctive wagamama flavour originates from traditional Japanese ramen stalls that guaranteed nourishment with ingredients to cleanse and nurture the mind and body. Hugely versatile, noodles can be used in side dishes and dressed for salads, poached in a heady broth for soups, form a nest for meat, fish and vegetable stir-fries or used as a bed for curry. They are healthy too: high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, and mostly served with fresh vegetables, lean meat or fish and aromatic herbs and spices.
Brush up on your noodle knowledge and get to know your soba from your somen. Try mouthwatering recipes including wide-noodle hot-pot with seven vegetables, warm chicken teriyaki salad, chargrilled chicken, soba and miso soup, and marinated salmon ramen. Look no further for delicious noodle recipes for every occasion; minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment are what wagamama noodles are all about.

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Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

serves 2

for the marinade

2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1¼-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and grated
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

7 ounces dark chicken meat (leg or thigh), roughly chopped
3½ ounces of rice vermicelli
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 handfuls of bean sprouts
1 small head of Bibb lettuce, leaves separated and shredded 1 red chile, seeded and finely chopped
4 tablespoons frozen peas, defrosted
bunch of cilantro leaves picked
salt and white pepper
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped salted peanuts

In a saucepan, combine the marinade ingredients and gently heat to dissolve the sugar. Let cool completely, then combine with the chicken. Cover and set aside for 1 hour; overnight in the fridge is even better.

Cook the vermicelli according to the instructions on the package, drain and refresh under cold water. Toss with the sesame oil.

In a hot wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat and add the chicken and its marinade. Cook until the meat is done and the liquid is reduced and thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, combine the noodles with the bean sprouts, lettuce, chile, peas, and cilantro leaves. Season with salt and pepper and toss to ensure that everything is well mixed.

Pile on to 2 plates, spoon over the chicken and its juices and serve topped with the peanuts.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Kyle Books. 

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