Spicy Sesame Chicken with Udon Noodles

  • PREP TIME 20 mins
  • COOK TIME 15 mins
  • SERVES 4 servings

Method

For the Chilli Oil, place oil, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, bay leaves and Szechuan peppercorns in a small saucepan over low heat. Gently simmer for 8 minutes until very aromatic. Remove from heat and strain oil through a fine sieve (discard spices). Add chilli flakes, chilli powder and salt to the oil and stir to combine. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a wok or large non-stick frypan over medium-high heat. Add oil and chicken mince and stir-fry for 5 minutes until browned. Add garlic and cook for a further 1 minute until fragrant. Add dark soy, light soy, Shaoxing wine, tahini and honey and cook for 1-2 minutes until combined. Add the preserved mustard greens, a quarter cup of the chilli oil and toss together.

Cook noodles according to packet instructions. Drain and divide between serving bowls. Top the noodles with sesame chicken and spoon over extra chilli oil, spring onion and coriander.

Recipe, Food Styling and Photography by Karen McFarlane, foodlove.com.au
Ingredients

1 tbs grapeseed oil
600g chicken thigh mince
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs dark soy sauce
2 tbs light soy sauce
1 tbs Shaoxing wine
3 tbs tahini (75g)
1 tbs honey
80g preserved mustard greens, drained & roughly chopped
500g Szechuan noodles, or Udon noodles
sliced spring onion & fresh coriander, to serve

Chilli Oil
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
2 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
2 tbs Szechuan peppercorns
2 tbs dried chilli flakes
1 tbs chilli powder
¼ tsp salt