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This is the first time I ever used rice noodles (sold as Thai stir-fry rice noodles) and really liked them. By the way the original recipes suggested using rotisserie chicken but I didn't have any so put some teriyaki sauce on some boneless chicken tenders (chicken breasts) and broiled them. This salad also goes together in no time at all. I figured if following the WW flex plan this is about 8 points - which is pretty good for dinner with fruit for dessert. If you include the wonton crisps (included below) add another point or so. Game plan: (if you already have the cooked chicken), (1) make noodles, (2) prepare dressing, (3) Preheat oven for wonton crisps, (4) cut and season wonton wrappers, (5) chop vegetables (or take the shortcut and buy carrots and green peppers already cut up and cut remaining veggies), (6) bake wonton crips and prepare salad -- dinner is done in well under 30 minutes! Recipe source: Cooking Light (July 2007)
For the salad
- 6 ounces rice noodles, uncooked (see above in description)
- 2 cups chicken, cubed (see note in description above)
- 1⁄2 cup carrot, cut into julienne
- 1⁄2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup water chestnut, sliced and drained
For the dressing
- 1⁄4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon gingerroot, grated
- 2 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts
For the Wonton crisps (optional)
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and cool.
- Combine noodles and next 5 ingredients (chicken - water chestnuts) in a large salad bowl. Toss.
- To make dressing: combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar (chilli sauce - ginger), stirring with a whisk.
- Drizzle chili sauce over salad. Toss. Sprinkle with peanuts, toss.
- Serve with wonton crisps if desired.
- To make wonton crisps: Preheat oven to 375°F Stack 12 wonton wrappers and cut them in half diagonally. Arrange wonton wrapper halves in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet. Coat with Pam and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for 10 minutes or until browned.
What a great salad! I loved everything about it. after making the dressing and trying it I added a little more ginger. Thank you ellie, this is a keeper.
I love this salad! I had every single ingredient in the house except for wonton wrappers, I never have wonton wrappers, and they don't even sell them in this country except in very expensive import shops, so I pounced on the word OPTIONAL in the recipe and left that bit out. But as for the rest of the recipe, wow! Lots of great flavors! My only change was to double the fresh ginger and add some sesame seeds as a garnish. I will most certainly make this again (and again, and again....)!