Monday, June 30, 2008
Sesame Chicken and Noodles (Spaghetti)
I must be on a sesame kick this week. That bottle of sesame oil will sit unused in the fridge for months at a time, and then when I do finally pull it out, I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm still using up graduation party leftovers, and I had some green onions that were going to have to get tossed if I didn't use them today. I rummaged through the freezer and finally found that little stump of ginger I knew I had in there. I buy ginger about once every six months, peel it and chunk it into smaller sections, then freeze it. That way I always have real ginger to use in recipes.
Molly started her job at McDonalds tonight and I can't believe she opted to eat this before she left for her shift. She's still in that Big Mac phase of life. I have a feeling that's about to pass.
Sesame chicken and noodles (spaghetti)
8 oz spaghetti
8 chicken tenderloins
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup reduced sodium teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
couple dashes of Tabasco
1 Tbsp olive oil, for sauteing
1 tsp corn starch
salt and pepper
green onions, thinly sliced for garnish
sesame seeds for garnish
Combine soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and Tabasco in a bowl and whisk to dissolve sugar. Pour mixture into a gallon baggie and add chicken; mix chicken with marinade. Remove air from baggie and seal. Return to refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
Boil spaghetti in salted water according to box directions while sauteing the chicken.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Remove tenders from baggie, reserving marinade. Lightly season the tenders with salt and pepper and saute in the oil until juices run clear (approximately 2-3 minutes per side) Remove tenders to a plate. Add reserved marinade to skillet and bring back to a boil. Dissolve corn starch in a little bit of water, add to skillet and boil sauce until thickened. Return tenders to skillet. Serve tenders and sauce on a bed of spaghetti. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.