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Asian Sesame Noodles with Chicken & Broccoli

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Noodles:

1½ teaspoons salt

4 quarts cool water

½ pound chinese egg noodles or whole wheat spaghetti

Sauce:

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1 (2½-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

¼ cup rice vinegar

½ cup soy sauce, low sodium

2 teaspoons granulated sugar or splenda

3 tablespoons white sesame seeds

2 tablespoons cornstarch

To Serve:

1 pound fresh broccoli florets (about 2 cups), already in a bag

4½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (juice of 3 medium limes)

1 pound shredded cooked rotisserie chicken* or grilled chicken strips already cooked

3 green onions, green tops only, cut into ¨û-inch thick slices

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, for garnish

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

*For the noodles: bring the salt and water to a rolling boil over high heat. Pour in the noodles all at one time, stirring to separate and prevent sticking together; cook until the noodles are tender throughout but with a slight bite. Drain, then rinse under cold running water; transfer to a large bowl.

*For the sauce: whisk together the sesame oil, grated ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame seeds, and cornstarch. Set aside. To serve: mound the noodles in four large serving bowls; sprinkle ½ cup of the chicken over each serving. Garnish with green onions, black sesame seeds, and cilantro; serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

*Place a wok over high heat. Place the broccoli, stems down, in the wok; add about ½ cup of water. Cook the broccoli just until the water evaporates and the stems are almost tender.

*Whisk the sauce to recombine, then pour into the wok and cook, tossing and stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick and glossy, about 3 minutes. Add the noodles and lime juice and toss to coat.

*Note:

Purchase a fully cooked rotisserie chicken; remove and discard the skin, then pull the meat from the bones and shred. Reserve the remaining chicken for chicken salad or another use.

Make it ahead:

Prepare asian sesame noodles with chicken through step 2 up to 2 days in advance; store the noodles and sauce separately, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Just before serving, continue with step 3.

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