Quick Dinners: Udon Salad with Shredded Chicken & Gai Lan

This easy dinner idea combines rotisserie chicken, fresh veggies and udon
noodles. (Photo: A Little Yumminess)


This recipe is the most recent from our “rotisserie chicken magic” series for the San Jose Mercury News’ “Fast and Furious Weeknight Cooking” column. It’s perfect for summer! Get the recipe here:

Here’s a light and flavorful noodle salad that is enthusiastically endorsed by my two young noodle slurpers: chewy udon noodles, crunchy gai lan (or your favorite green veg), and shredded rotisserie chicken all tossed in a tasty soy-mustard-sesame dressing, with just a kick of chili ;).

Slurper 1 (9 years old): “I loved this dish because it has all different flavors and when they come together they taste great. (I like to add fish sauce to  this dish.)”

Slurper 2 (6 years old): “I would put this on a kids’ menu at a restaurant.”

In addition to being a hit with the family, it’s also a total breeze to put together. Enlist extra hands to shred the chicken and measure the dressing ingredients into a jar (just shake dressing to combine).  Then all that’s left to do is blanch the green veggies, then cook the noodles in the same pot of already hot water. Toss it all up and enjoy!

You could go the extra mile and garnish with minced scallions and herbs, crispy shallots or even a fried egg if you are looking of something a little more hearty. Try it warm or cold. It’s a favorite for portable summer picnicking adventures, too!

I’m kind of obsessed with this chili condiment lately (known to many as “happy lady sauce”), so I recommend throwing some on too in generous amounts. There’s an interesting article about it here as well as the story of Tao Huabi (the “happy?” lady pictured on the bottle, aka “the godmother”) an illiterate, widowed mother who gained popularity for the chili sauce she made for her noodle shop and later became a chili sauce mogul of sorts.

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Use up that leftover chicken with more rotisserie chicken magic:

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