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I’ve been wanting to toss together a cold noodle salad for awhile but lazy summer days kept getting the best of me. After we got back from almost 3 solid weeks of vacation my mind was literally bursting with recipe ideas & now it was just a matter of time to put them all together.

Does that happen to you? After a long stretch of eating on the road or being at other people’s houses, the one thing I want to do is jump back into my kitchen & get to cooking.

Especially now that school is starting for so many of us, naturally my efforts turn to packable lunches. If you’re looking for ways to pack a healthy lunch for the kiddos, check out my 7 tips for a healthy packed lunch!

One of my favorite tricks is using dinner leftovers as next day’s lunch & this recipe is a definite winner for that! Basically you get two meals out of one cooking session & even though my friends will tell you math isn’t my strong suit, that adds up to me.

We love using our Genuine Thermos® Brand Dual Compartment Food Jar for packing this meal! Especially since it allows you to keep hot food hot (for up to 5 hours) & cold food cold (for up to 7 hours). It also comes with a super handy, adorable, foldable spork! Plus, if you have some big eaters this food jar holds a surprising amount of food for such a compact jar.

How to prepare garlic chicken with asian noodle salad

  • PREP TIME: 15 mins
  • COOK TIME: 25 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 mins
  • AUTHOR: Trisha
  • SERVES: 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • For the chicken:
  • 2 lbs Chicken Breasts, cut into chunks
  • 3 Tblsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tblsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tblsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 5-6 Garlic Cloves, sliced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • For the cold Asian noodle salad:
  • 4 oz Rice Noodles (I prefer the ones labeled straight cut becausec they are shorter)
  • 2 cups Shredded Carrots
  • ½ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup Green Onions, sliced
  • For the Cashew Sauce:
  • ½ cup Cashew Butter
  • ¼ cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tblsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tblsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, mashed
  • Juice of one lime

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To make the Cashew Sauce, in a large bowl, whisk together cashew butter, coconut milk, coconut aminos, fish sauce, sriracha, garlic & lime juice. Whisk until smooth & set aside.
  2. Follow prep directions on rice noodle packet for cold salad. I prefer to add noodles to boiling water & let boil for 8 minutes.
  3. After noodles are boiled, rinse under very cold water & add the noodles to the Cashew Sauce.
  4. While noodles & sauce are in the bowl, add shredded carrots, cilantro & green onions. Toss together until sauce is covering all the noodles & serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve alongside garlic chicken.
  5. To make the Garlic Chicken, in a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil.
  6. Place chicken breast chunks in oil & saute until they begin to brown.
  7. Once chicken is browning add in coconut aminos, vinegar, garlic & salt. Saute the mixture while scraping all the extra bits of chicken off the skillet.
  8. Once chicken is cooked, remove from heat.
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