09 Apr Chicken Noodle Salad
I’m one of these divils who hoards empty jars. When I finish my jam/nut butter/peanut rayu, I clean out the jar and pop it on a shelf next to the 12 other empty jars that await their destiny as a repurposed food storage unit. Who knows when they might come in handy or when I might finally organise all my dried nuts and fruit into carefully labelled jars?
I was doing a spring-clean of my cupboards last weekend and discovered the evidence of what can only be described as a food addiction. I have eight (8!) jars of Chef Katie Sanderson’s Peanut Rayu. One is opened and in use, two are unopened and the other five jars are empty and cleaned out. Seeing them all laid out like that, I realised I had a problem. A delicious, chilli and peanut oil problem.
I’ve been stocking up on Sanderon’s Peanut Rayu, you see. I buy this delicious sauce from the pantry shop in The Green Door Market on Newmarket Square in Dublin, where it is €6.50 per jar. Sanderson’s Rayu is also for sale in Ard Bia in Galway as well as at the monthly Dublin Flea Market. You can find out more about Katie Sanderson on www.katiejanesanderson.com.
The Peanut Rayu is one of those storecupboard treats that really helps speed up a speedy supper. I’ve used it in a simple noodle salad where I’ve paired it another of my favourite speedy supper ingredients, the delicious Ummera smoked chicken from West Cork, which is widely available in good food stores around the country.
If you can’t get your hands on either of these brilliant Irish products, you can fry up a couple of chicken breasts or use leftover roast chicken, shredded. For an alternative dressing, you could mix 2 tablespoons of soya sauce and 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil with the juice of half a lime and a teaspoon of finely grated fresh ginger.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
100g of dried medium egg noodles
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
6 mushrooms, sliced
1 clove of garlic, finely diced
8 pieces of tenderstem broccoli
2 tablespoons of Peanut Rayu
6 slices of smoked Ummera chicken
1 red chilli, finely sliced
1 spring onion, finely sliced
1. Cook your noodles according to the packet’s instructions. They should only take a few minutes. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over a medium to high heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and fry for about five minutes, until the mushrooms start to absorb the oil. Add the garlic and the tenderstem broccoli and fry for another three minutes, until the broccoli goes a vibrant green colour.
3. Add the cooked noodles to a large mixing bowl. Transfer the mushrooms, garlic and broccoli to the noodles. Add the Peanut Rayu (or add the soya sauce, lime juice and ginger dressing at this point) and mix well.
4. Divide the noodles between two serving bowls. Top with slices of Ummera smoked chicken and another dollop of Peanut Rayu if you like. Sprinkle with slices of red chilli, spring onions and a few fresh coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
Storecupboard: Ummera Smokehouse
The Ummera Smokehouse has been operating out of West Cork since the late 1980s, starting with smoked organic Irish salmon. The full range includes delicious smoked duck and bacon products, as well as their delicious smoked chicken. Www.ummera.com.
This recipe first appeared in The Irish Independent on April 6th