Grilled Chicken with Soba Noodle Salad
and crunchy bok choy and carrots
This dish shows you that you don't need a lot of ingredients to create something flavorful. Tender soba noodles provide the backdrop for crunchy bok choy and carrots and juicy, grilled chicken breasts. An Asian-style vinaigrette ties it all together!
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 2 , sliced
- Garlic powder - 2 tsp
- Onion powder - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Soba noodles - 8 oz
- Bok choy - 1/2 lb , sliced thinly
- Carrots, grated (sub pre-grated or coleslaw mix) - 2
- Brown sugar - 1 tsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
- Toasted sesame oil - 1/2 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
- Lime juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Season chicken - Mix together garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. Slice chicken into strips and then cover with seasoning. Tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
Boil noodles - Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Add soba noodles and cook according to packaged instructions. Soba noodles don’t take long to cook, so keep an eye out. After draining, spread noodles out onto a sheet pan which will keep them from sticking. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
Bok choy / Carrots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Make dressing - Whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and cooking oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make salad - Toss noodles, bok choy and carrots with dressing. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
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If making chicken on the grill: Preheat grill to 500 degrees, keeping one part on higher heat and another part on lower heat. Clean grates and brush with some oil. Add chicken strips to higher heat part. Sear on each side for ~2 minutes (keeping cover closed). Move to lower heat and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through) with cover closed.
If making chicken on the stovetop: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush with some oil, and add chicken to hot grill pan and sear for ~3 minutes on both sides. Lower heat and then cover with foil, cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Toss chicken with soba noodle salad. Finish with lime juice and season to taste with salt, pepper or any of your preferred condiments - we love a few shakes of hot sauce!