Happy Monday everyone! I really have no news to report today. I do, however, want to get you the recipe for this absolutely delicious SESAME SEED CHICKEN PASTA! This pasta is a long time favorite. My mom got the original recipe from her bestie, Sandra, and just changed a few things (i.e honey instead of sugar, that sort of thing). This was my one request from my mom after Scout was born!
*I decided after making it yesterday that you really should double the sauce. Just do it in a large mason jar and shake it well, then pour half on the pasta. keep the other half if come dinnertime (or leftover time) it seems the slightest bit dry, you can add more sauce. or, use the extra as a fun new salad dressing or chicken marinade on an upcoming dish. I’m thinking marinating chicken in it for a stir fry later in the week would be awesome. It’s always a major win when you can put the effort in once and get two meals out of it! OK, without further ado, here’s the recipe.
This meal feeds 4-6 as a meal, and around 10 as a side at a potluck. I think if you are bringing it to contribute to an Easter meal along with lots of other offerings, you don’t necessarily need to double it.
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until barely tender tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.
In a small frying pan, combine sesame seeds and 1/4 cup of the EVOO. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until seeds are golden (approx 2 mins-watch closely! they burn FAST!)
Combine sesame seeds, remaining 1/4 c EVOO, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, S&P and stir well to combine.
Cook cubed chicken breasts in 1/4 C of the sauce. You could also marinate the chicken in this sauce if you start this recipe early enough in the day and then cook it in the sauce when you are ready to eat.
Pour the rest of the sauce over the cooked pasta. Add the cooked chicken and toss everything together.
Add spinach and toss gently until combined.
Cover and chill (or just let it sit on the counter). It gets better the longer it sits.
1 box whole-wheat rotini OR 1 bag egg noodles
2 tbs sesame seeds
1/2 c EVOO, divided
1/3 c soy sauce
2 Tbs honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 c white wine vinegar
2 chicken breasts cubed (approx. 3 c)
a few huge handfuls of torn spinach (we served ours over arugula instead)