honey ginger chicken with noodles.

by Janetha on July 9, 2012

in recipes

hi! thank you so much for the kind comments regarding my grandma’s passing. i appreciate love and concern from all of you.

i hope your weekend was wonderful! i had a fun and busy weekend, but didn’t capture any of it on camera. in fact, before last night’s dinner, i hadn’t picked up my camera in almost a week!

despite there not being any pictures to prove it, i had a weekend packed with fun and sun and managed to cross some things off my summer bucket list!

a few weekend highlights:

  • friday night i had a date with my bestie, kristen. we went to desert edge pub for drinks and dinner followed by fortune feimster’s show at wiseguys comedy club. it was hilarious!
  • saturday morning i went to a body combat class for my first time ever! and maybe my last.. i am just not very coordinated and was flailing my arms around like a crazy maniac. but, hey, it was a good workout! my chest and lats haven’t been this sore in weeks. thanks to kerryne for convincing me to go with her.
  • marshall and i went to the farmers market saturday afternoon and got eggs, raw honey, onions, spinach, basil, and dried cherries.
  • we ate at z’tejas for brunch, which is new brunch place #2 for the summer. (i am aiming to try 3 new brunch spots.) i had eaten their dinner, but didn’t even know they had brunch! i was pleasantly surprised when we stopped in there and i saw the menu. it was super tasty.
  • kerryne and i went to bikram yoga sunday morning—at 8 AM! i can’t believe i made it out of bed so early on a sunday. i just typed “sundy”—which is how i say the word in my head.
  • i took a glorious three-hour-long nap on sunday afternoon.
  • my sister flew in last night from california so she can be here for the funeral. we played boggle. momma b won. that’s pretty rare… that wasn’t just the highlight of her weekend.. that was the highlight of her life!

another highlight was last night’s dinner. it was delicious and i’m glad i was ambitious enough to take photos so i could share it with you!

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i originally saw a recipe for sesame chicken on recipe.com awhile back and had been meaning to make it. i saw that the recipe uses pre-cooked chicken strips, but i prefer to cook my own if i have the time. i mentioned that marshall and i attended a cooking class on thursday. we learned about marinades and glaze reductions, so i thought i could incorporate those methods into this recipe. it worked well.

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serves four
prep time: 10 minutes
marinating time: at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight
cook time: 20 minutes
adapted from recipe.com

ingredients:

for the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar (i used lite)
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1 TB ginger (i used the kind in the jar because i’m a slacker.. but fresh would be fabulous)
  • 1 TB low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic chile paste (found in the asian section of the market)
  • 1 tsp garlic (again, i used the jarred, but 1-2 cloves of fresh would work)
  • 16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed into 1” pieces

for the sauce:

  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1 TB ginger
  • 1 TB low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic chile paste
  • 1 tsp garlic

for the rest of the dish:

  • 4 oz whole wheat udon noodles
  • 2 TB toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 cup green onions (about 7-8 onions), diced
  • 1 cup bell peppers (any color), diced
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • fresh cilantro for garnish

directions:

  1. whisk together marinade ingredients (except chicken).
  2. add chicken to marinade and coat well.
  3. cover chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes but you could leave it as long as overnight.
  4. whisk together the sauce ingredients. set aside.
  5. chop onions and peppers. set aside.
  6. cook noodles according to package directions. set aside.
  7. heat a skillet over medium heat. add 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil.
  8. add chicken and cook through. discard remaining marinade.
  9. remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  10. return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil.
  11. add onions and peppers to skillet. sauté for 3-4 minutes until onions and peppers begin to wilt.
  12. remove peppers and onions from skillet and set aside with the chicken.
  13. return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil.
  14. add sauce to skillet and cook until it thickens to a glaze—it will reduce by at least half.
  15. while sauce is reducing, combine cooked noodles with remaining 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil, chicken, onions, and peppers.
  16. pour glaze over noodles and toss to coat. season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  17. serve immediately with a bit of chopped fresh cilantro for garnish.

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nutrition stats per serving (based on four servings):

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step-by-step photo tutorial:

whisk together marinade ingredients (except chicken).

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add chicken to marinade and coat well.

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cover chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes but you could leave it as long as overnight.

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whisk together the sauce ingredients. set aside.

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chop onions and peppers. set aside.

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cook noodles according to package directions. set aside.

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heat a skillet over medium heat. add 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil.

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add chicken and cook through. (discard remaining marinade.)

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remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

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return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil.

add onions and peppers to skillet. sauté for 3-4 minutes until onions and peppers begin to wilt.

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remove peppers and onions from skillet and set aside with the chicken.

return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil.

add sauce to skillet and cook until it thickens to a glaze—it will reduce by at least half.

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while sauce is reducing, combine cooked noodles with remaining 1/2 TB toasted sesame oil, chicken, onions, and peppers.

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pour glaze over noodles and toss to coat. season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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serve immediately with a bit of chopped fresh cilantro for garnish.

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enjoy!

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xo. janetha g.

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Annette@FitnessPerks July 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Holy crap! This looks awesome! I love soy and ginger together. This looks like a recipe I could make too.

Sad I missed ya at the Market! I am a bumm and went at the end……hah.

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes July 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Really cool recipe. I feel like I would definitely mess up something important making it but those are very pretty pictures :)

Bridget B. July 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I am salivating just reading about your meal. It looks incredible! Must try soon!!

Megan @ Weddings and Workouts July 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I missed your earlier post; I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma xo

Kim @ The Family Practice July 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Sorry to hear about your grandma – glad you get to see your sister though.
Your dinner looks great and I’m really impressed with your photos! I need a better camera :(

Amy Q July 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. My condolences.

The chicken looks delicious, and I hope you enjoy your time with your sister. I would type more, but pushups, pull-ups and inchworms have me nearly crippled……

Carly July 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love when you post recipes! I can’t wait to make this on the weekend when I return home.

So sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Sending hugs!

meg July 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Yum, this sounds so flavorful! I am definitely making this the next time I have some time!

p.s. I didn’t get a chance to comment on your grandma’s passing. I just lost both my grandpa and grandma last year and even though I hadn’t seen them in forever, it was still sad. Thankfully they are together again! :)

mary @ what's cookin with mary July 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

This looks super tasty. I picked up two chicken breasts from the store today with no idea what I was going to make with them. I have everything I need in the pantry. I think I’ll throw the chicken into the marinade right now for tomorrow night!

meggi July 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Yum! Love Desert Edge Pub! They have really good beer too ;) I had no idea that Z’tejas has brunch!!

julie July 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

DUDE this is a beast of a recipe! i loveeeee sesame oil! it has the best taste ever like kung POW deliciousness. glad you had such a fun weekend! bucket list crossing off = amazing.

BroccoliHut July 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Yum! Another fan of sesame oil here–I actually made orange-sesame tofu for dinner tonight.
This recipe looks awesome–you think I could sub another protein for chicken, like shrimp or tempeh?

Bria @ West of Persia July 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

A belated offer of condolences for your grandma. Thinking of you and your fam.

Recipe looks great. Nice shots in particular of the final product.

Lena @Fit on the Rocks July 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

That meal looks absolutely amazing Miss Janetha! Also, sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing, but I’m glad she’s in a better place. Enjoy your time with your family.

Kerryne July 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Will you just move in with me, and cook for me everyday? I swear… my mouth waters every time I see something you’ve made!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) July 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

looks great girl!! such a nice change up from everything on the grill these days (dont get mme wrong I could live eating food off the grill!) but this dish just looks awesome!!

Heather (Heather's Dish) July 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

LooooOOOOOOOOOOooooooVE! totally making this next week – i love honey and ginger together!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Those noodles look super delicious – and easy enough for me to swap the chicken for tempeh or tofu! ;)

Additionally, I’m a little behind on my blog reading – so very sorry to hear about your grandma. Sending you so much love and positive thoughts for you and your family. <3

corrie anne July 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Whoa – yum!!! That looks like an awesome combo. And I love the brunch goal… need to try some new spots around Denver!!!

Jay July 10, 2012 at 1:40 am

Looks delicious, great to find healthy food that’s also super tasty!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva July 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

Yeah I’ve done bodycombat once…and my uncoordinated self didn’t fare so well either. But they are fun and definitely a good workout!!! Nice recipe btw…the sauce looks so yummy!

Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! July 10, 2012 at 5:18 am

soy + ginger = favorite ever! it’s been so long since I have had soba noodles as well, this looks amazing.

Paige @ Running Around Normal July 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

Yummmy! Now I feel like a dope for just going ahead and baking all four chicken breasts I got over the weekend last night – just to eat them through the week! I wonder if I can just brush off the lemon pepper seasoning I used on them? ;) haha

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning July 10, 2012 at 7:29 am

Again, I’m super jealous of your ability to nap. I would be so happy if I could (especially on planes!!)
I love your step-by-step tutorials (and know that those are not easy to photograph!).
So, just wondering… do you watch your sodium intake at all? I really don’t. I figure that I sweat out so much in the gym that I actually need to take more in. Do you think that’s right? ;)

Janetha July 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

no i definitely pay zero attention.. ha.. maybe i should. but i don’t ever salt my food and don’t eat a lot of salty things, so i think i’m good? sure, ok.

Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl July 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

Yummy!

I love recipes like this one. Looks delicious.

Calee July 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

The one thing that I like about family passing is that you get to see all the rest of your family that you hardly get to see.

PS honey and ginger? Count me in. I’ve got a bunch of rice noodles I need to use up.

Katie July 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

This is my favorite, favorite, favorite type of meal EVER. I’m making it next week. Stay tuned.

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma passing. :-( You will be in my prayers today!

On a completely different and fun note…I love that font you used on the picture of the meal! Where did you get it from?? :-)

Rachel July 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

I don’t eat meat but the rest of the dish does sound amazing! I love sesame haha

Lisa July 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

This looks so great! I think I’d mess it up though, I’m not too talented in the kitchen department but this looks so delicious

Liz @ IHeartVegetables July 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Ohh I wonder if I could make this with tempeh instead of chicken. What do you think? I bet it would be tasty!

janetha [meals & moves] July 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

I think that would work well! I love tempeh.. yum.

Rachelle July 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This is completely irrelevant to your above recipe, but I thought you’d like to check it out! It’s about Utah being the best gym.
http://www.fitsugar.com/Southern-Utah-23912719#Southern-Utah-23912719?slide=0&_suid=134195237946205472853674656786

janetha [meals & moves] July 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

That’s cool! YES, Utah is super awesome when it comes to the great outdoors! Thanks for the link :)

denise July 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

OMG, that look YUMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!! Want to come to Oklahoma and make me dinner:)

melissa July 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

Looks SO good.

Although, based on my ALCAT allergy test I got back yesterday, I need to stay away from ginger (highly reactive) and honey

elise July 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

i starred this and WILL be making it next week (with tofu). it looks deeeelish!

Lisa Eirene July 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

That sounds delicious! I made a sweet chili lime shrimp dish this weekend that used some of these ingredients and it was wonderful.

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