Sesame chicken pasta salad...Inspiration!
So what inspired me to say something like this?
I was looking to eat some pasta with ordinary ingredients I had around my kitchen. I wanted to make something easy and tasty because I was a little tired after a long week of work. And voila!
You’ll enjoy this too. In fact you can double up the ingredients and make extra for leftovers later! Believe me, it's that good!!
1 chicken breast
¼ cup sesame seeds
3 cups of penne pasta
4 tbsps vegetable oil
2 tbsps soy sauce
2 tbsps rice vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 green onion stalks (chopped)
10 cherry tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Wash the chicken breast thoroughly and dry with paper towels. Cut into
cubes. Place the chicken cubes into a pan. Saute over a low-to-medium
heat with butter for 10 - 15 minutes. The chicken should be golden brown
and crunchy! Set aside when done.
In another pan, over medium heat, add the sesame seeds only! Heat them dry with no extra ingredients. Stir constantly to avoid any burning. Here we want the seeds to end up with a toasty light brown color. Remove from heat, and set aside.
Next we prepare the pasta. In a medium size pot, add 6 cups of water and one teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and then add the pasta. Also add a drop of vegetable oil to stop the pasta from sticking afterwards. Boil for 10 to 12 minutes. Then drain thoroughly, place the pasta back in the same pot and set aside.
In a medium sized bottle with a lid, add the rest of the vegetable oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, sesame seeds, pepper, and Vegeta. Screw on the lid and shake well to combine all the ingredients.
Wash and dry the green onions. Chop into small pieces.
Wash and dry the tomatoes. If they are large enough slice them in half.
Pour the sesame dressing over the pasta. Toss well to make sure to cover the pasta completely.
Next add the sauteed chicken breasts and continue mixing.
Finally add the chopped green onions and tomatoes. Finish mixing.
Add some parsley when serving for a nice color touch.
Believe it or not, a little green side salad with cucumbers and lettuce makes a nice addition to this meal…. What Chef? OK...add a few more cherry tomatoes too if you like. Happy?
I know you’ll be happy when you taste this easy sesame chicken pasta salad :)