For dinner tonight, I wanted to make something Asian inspired, with chicken, and pantry items to keep within my 10 ingredients. I used the same ingredients in the marinade and sauce, and used a thin pasta noodle because it was on sale, I had a coupon, and it cooks quickly! I also pounded the chicken extremely thin so it cooked very quickly and was still moist.
This was a giant bowl of food, super filling and delicious, and very healthy!
The price is pretty negotiable because most people have peanut butter and soy sauce on hand, but I bought new just to price it out exactly.
Peanut Soy Chicken and Cold Noodle and Veggie Bowl
2 chicken breasts, pounded very thin (on sale for $1.69/lb)
3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter (bought a new jar for $1.50)
1/2 c. lite soy sauce (new bottle for $1.99)
1/2 box Barilla plus thin spaghetti ($1.50)
1 can water chestnuts, sliced ($.99)
1 orange bell pepper, sliced ($1.50)
1 bunch scallions, sliced ($.50)
1 6 oz. bag snap peas ($3)
1 bunch cilantro ($.50)
Sesame seeds, sesame oil, grated ginger, or any other garnish
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Preheat grill pan to medium-high heat.
In a shallow dish, whisk 2 tbsp. peanut butter with 1/4 c. soy sauce.
Microwave for 45 seconds if necessary, to loosen peanut butter.
Add black pepper, whisk.
Pound chicken thin between saran wrap.
Spray pan with nonstick spray.
Dip chicken in peanut sauce, then place on the grill pan. Cook for 4 minutes.
Drop the pasta in the water, cook for 6 minutes.
Chop the veggies.
In another large bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1/4 c. soy sauce and pepper.
Again, microwave for 45 seconds if necessary.
Flip the chicken, cook for another 4 minutes, or until done.
If desired, during the last minute of cooking pasta, add the snap peas to take off the bite.
Drain and rinse with cold water, pour into the bowl with sauce. Toss to coat.
Add the veggies, toss again.
Take the chicken off the grill pan.
Plate the noodles, slice the chicken, place on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Total Time - 19 minutes
Total Cost - $13.17 (including new jar of peanut butter and bottle of soy sauce)
Total Ingredients - 10
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