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Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad – perfect for shoestring eating!

Posted on January 15, 2014 by in Chicken, rsg

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Oriental flavors are at the top of my list when it comes to cooking. I love the vibrancy, the color and the flavor explosion happening in my mouth when I eat a bowl of a Chinese Pork Fillet, Chinese Noodles or even a Thai broth.

Oriental flavors are so simple, yet together they make magic in your mouth. Take ginger, or garlic, or chili… so uncomplicated, yet leave one of the ingredients out and the dish is an epic fail. The sweet, sour, bitter and salty makes every bite perfect.


This Oriental noodle salad was an inspiration as much as it was creative cooking on a January Shoestring budget. I saw Nigel Slater make his Perky Turkey to use up leftover turkey and when I had a crowd to feed and some leftover chicken, Nigel’s inspiration saved me from desperation! My recipe is totally different from his, but the idea to revamp leftover chicken with all these delicious Oriental Flavors was born while watching him!

A quick story before we eat. Those that follow me on Facebook and read my newsletters will know about Digby and the Lullaby by now. They are our good friends that are on the brink of being fabulously famous! When they got the opportunity to record their first album in New York, their dream became a reality, but they had to get there  and we all know that cost a lot of moola. They sold just about everything they owned to chase this dream and some nights they would call and say, “Nina, what are you cooking?” We always made a plan and always had good laughs and times together, even if the food was simple, it tasted better because it was shared with loved ones. The deal however was always…. while I cook, they sing!

What are you prepared to do for your dream? While you are chasing that dream, you might as well invite a few friends and celebrate friendship and love! Here’s to shoestring eating!


Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad

serves 6


1 roast chicken – about 4 cups when shredded

juice and zest of 1 orange

juice and zest of 1 lemon

juice and zest of 1 lime

45 ml vegetable oil

5 – 10 ml sesame oil – optional

50 – 60 ml soy sauce

30 ml honey

10 cm piece ginger

4 cloves garlic

1 chili

To serve

500 g Chinese noodles – even Two Minute Noodles can work here

fresh coriander

chopped cashes or toasted sesame seedsOriental


Preheat oven to 180 C. Shred the chicken, also the skin, but remove all the bones. In a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic and ginger. Add the zest and juice of all three citrus fruits, but keep the fruit.  Add the oil, sesame oil, soy and honey as well as the chili. Pour the sauce over the chicken and mix. Pour the chicken into a oven-proof dish together with the orange, lemon and lime halves and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown, sticky and delicious. When you are ready to serve, mix the noodles with some of the sauce from the oven-proof dish. Mix and pile in the middle of a plate. Top with some chicken, chopped cashew nuts or sesame seeds and lastly chopped coriander.

Get yourself some good music, good friends and enjoy!


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Tomorrow morning  just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be  sharing this easy recipe with you!  Get ready to be amazed! I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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8 Responses to “Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad – perfect for shoestring eating!”

  1. nicoline prinsloo 16 January 2014 at 11:38 am #

    help asb! wat is “gerolde koring”
    in gesondheidsbroodjieresep? stampkoring sal seker nie sag word tydens bakproses nie?

    • nerinatimm 16 January 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Dit verkoop in die winkels as crsuged wheat…… dit is nie stampkoring nie

  2. Bets Huyser 17 January 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Ek kook gewone stampkoring, bietjie meer as benodig in die mikrogolf vir 14 minute, op hoog, spoel af en meet dan af en gebruik dit i.p.v crushed wheat wat nie altyd bekombaar is nie. Vries die res, doen dit al jare, heerlike broodjie.

  3. Sophie van Coller 17 January 2014 at 11:57 am #

    I do like your recipes and download most of them. Thanyou!

  4. Mariette 17 January 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Dankie vir die wonderlike slaai resepte. Hier in die vrystaat kook ons behoorlik uit en is nie lus vir ‘n warm stoof nie. Die slaaie doen net die ding. Baie dankie

  5. cquek 19 January 2014 at 10:19 am #

    It looks yummy!

  6. Pressurecookerreviews 29 May 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Im going to try and adapt this recipe so that it can be made using a pressure cooker. Thanks!

  7. best pressure cookers 2019 29 August 2019 at 9:01 am #

    I made this a few weeks back and i can promise you that its the real deal. I actually added a little spice to mine and it worked out well.

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