Easy Oriental Chicken Sesame Noodle Salad

About six years ago, I attended a Teacher Appreciation Week celebration at my former school and we were blessed with an amazing lunch put on by the PTF. One of the delicious items on the menu was an oriental pasta salad. It was so good that I decided to try to replicate it at home and add a few extra additions of my own. 

From beginning to end, it took me about 40 minutes to put it together. This is a great dish for those hot summer days when you do not want to cook a big meal.This pasta salad makes a great leftover! I doubled the recipe so we could enjoy it all week long, so if you want a smaller batch just cut all of the ingredients in half. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

2 pound box linguine noodles, cooked and drained
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded with fat and skin removed
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons sugar
8 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
6 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon hot chili paste
6 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
6-8 whole green onions, thinly sliced
1/2-1 cup bean sprouts
1/2-1 whole red bell pepper, chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds

1. Boil noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Prepare green onions, red bell pepper, and bean sprouts.

3. Shred chicken and place in a large bowl. Set aside.

4. Whisk together soy sauce, sugar, garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, hot chili oil, canola oil and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.if you like it a little sweeter, add more sugar. If you would like more spice, add more red pepper flakes.

Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat. Add shredded rotisserie chicken.

Sprinkle with green onions, bell peppers and sesame seeds Toss and enjoy!