Soba noodle salad with chicken and sesame seeds
- 1 chicken thigh fillet
- 80g dried soba noodles
- ½ Lebanese cucumber
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 green shallot, sliced finely
For a healthier option, add more vegetables such as julienne capsicum, carrot and snow peas. School A to Z nutrition expert
- Place the chicken thigh fillet into a small saucepan of cold water and cook over a medium heat until just firm.
- Set the chicken aside to cool, then add the noodles to the water and boil for 5 minutes, until tender. Drain, and rinse well to cool.
- Halve the cucumber and remove the seeds with a teaspoon. Dice finely, then toss with the noodles, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and shallots.
- Shred the chicken into small pieces and stir into the salad. Pack into an airtight container and seal well.
For the lunch box
Store in a chiller bag with an ice pack, and don't forget a fork.
For busy mums and dads
This salad will keep for two days refrigerated, so why not make an extra couple of portions, or have it for your own lunch as well?
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A word about allergies
This recipe contains sesame and soy. Some kids have food allergies and food related anaphylaxis. Common food allergens include peanuts and tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts), sesame, egg, cow's milk, shellfish, fish and soy. Food allergies can develop at any time.
It is important in managing allergies to avoid exposure to known allergens. Parents should check the ingredients before using a recipe and remind their kids not to share food from their lunchbox.
Sometimes a school may request that certain foods not be brought to school. Check with your principal if you are unsure.
For more information see the Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis – Information sheet for schools
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