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Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Cilantro


Keep your cool in the kitchen with this no-cook noodle salad. The star of this recipe is the Vietnamese-style sauce, with ginger, garlic, jalapeno, rice vinegar, and sugar.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno chile, minced (ribs and seeds removed for less heat if desired)
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded (from 1 whole chicken), room temperature
  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) cellophane (bean-thread) noodles, prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 3-inch sticks
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves


  1. In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add jalapeno, ginger, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until garlic is golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar and cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Refrigerate until cool, at least 15 minutes (or up to 1 week).

  2. Combine chicken, noodles, cucumber, and cilantro. Drizzle with dressing just before serving.

Cook's Notes

This dish is also delicious with a pound of cooked shrimp in place of the chicken.

Reviews Add a comment

  • mrsmann
    2 AUG, 2012
    thought this is no cook? First step is to heat oil in a pan. Also need to cook the noodles. But it looks good and I am looking forward to trying it.
  • merijul
    2 JUL, 2011
    yummy summer salad. I find that the prep work takes longer than listed but we enjoy the dish so it is worth it.
  • CT718
    16 JUN, 2009
    Something different! I only needed about 1/2 of the sauce and used a little less cucumber. My husband and I really enjoyed this. My 6-year-old said the noodles tasted like hair and wasn't a big fan.
  • cisenhower
    11 JUN, 2009
    Loved the Asain flavors of this sauce! Not too spicy or strong. Omitted the cucumbers and added peanuts.