Stir Fried Soba Noodles With Chicken and Ginger


It started as a dreamy snow , touching the red leaves  with its powdery white. It was a magnificent sight, and a rarity in my part of the world. 
I was as excited as the leaves you see in the pictures here , to be touched by the gentle flakes.
Later, it poured down in a kind of frenzy ; inches by inches it rose , the colors and the earth sunk deep in its frozen blanket .



I have been reading a lot about buckwheat lately , but it took me sometime to really get into it. Initially I was fascinated by the fact that its a seed and not a grain.
Its gluten free , low in calorie and high in nutrition , which got me all the more attracted to it.
But honestly I was a bit apprehensive about the taste ; a healthy alternative not always turn out to be a delicious treat right.
My rule of thumb when trying something new is to incorporate it into one of your favorite recipe , know it and then play with it. So I went with the buckwheat noodles aka Soba noodles , made a stir fry following my usual casual recipe for fried rice , which I normally use for making noodles too.
Then I realized, soba noodles has a taste ; a nutty taste to it unlike the other noodles I have tried , so you don't really have to dress it up with so much sauce.
After 2-3 attempts, I got my mix right and this has been my favorite recipe for making Soba noodles ever since.


Recipe for Stir fried Soba noodles with Chicken and Ginger
Serves - 2
Total cooking time - 20 minute for preparation + less than 30 minutes cooking time

( This recipe is developed particularly for Soba / buckwheat noodles and may not work well with other noodles unless you dress it up with some more sauces of your choice)

Ingredients:-
To cook noodles
Soba Noodles - 8 oz pack
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tea spoon
Water

Chicken - 2 breast or boneless thigh pieces ( Use mushrooms to make it veggie , see notes for options)

Bowl 1
Crushed black pepper - 1/2 tea spoon
Soy sauce - 1 tea spoon
Garlic and ginger powder - a large pinch ( optional)

To stir fry
Oil - 2- 3 tablespoons
Shallots sliced - 2-3
Garlic thinly sliced - 2 cloves
Ginger thinly sliced - an inch piece( I add a 2 inch piece)
Green chili sliced - 1
Bell pepper - 1 ( I used half of a red and half of a green )
Carrot chopped - 1
Black pepper corns - 1/2 to 1 tea spoon
Vinegar - 1 tea spoon ( i used Red Wine vinegar)
Soy Sauce - 1 to 1.5 tea spoon( add more if you want more)

Salt to taste ( be careful since soy is already salty!)

Hot sauce -- for serving

Method:-
Cook Noodles according to package directions ( I always add salt and oil to boiling water ).Drain and set side
There are 2 ways to cook chicken
Clean and cut the Chicken into small strips .Combine all the ingredients in Bowl 1 , add chicken and keep aside for 10-20 minutes.
Heat 1 or 2 spoons of oil in a Wok or any wide mouthed non stick pan . Add chicken pieces and stir fry till they are well cooked and start to turn golden brown . It will take around 10  minutes.( keep the flame medium and its done when you think its cooked)
Or Marinate the chicken pieces( big pieces) with all the ingredients in Bowl 1. Heat 1-2 spoons of oil in a pan and shallow fry on both sides ( 6 -8 minutes each ) or until it is no longer pink and cooked. Then chop it into small pieces.
When the chicken pieces are done , add sliced shallots , ginger , garlic , bell pepper , and carrot and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of water and cook covered for a couple of minutes( 2-3)
Uncover , add Vinegar , mix well .Crush black peppercorns in a mortar and pestle
Add noodles , soy sauce and black peppercorns and combine well and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until everything is mixed and well heated through.
Add mint or cilantro or any herbs you like and serve warm with a dash of hot sauce !

Notes:-
  • Chicken will be a bit hard like the fried in this recipe and not soft ...
  • If you have left over meat ,chop or shred it in small pieces and use that 
  • Rotisserie chicken works awesome with this recipe too
  • Substitute Mushrooms for chicken to make it a veggie treat
  • You can use peas , corns , french beans or any vegetable of your choice , just cook it before or adjust the cooking time in this.
  • Add whatever sauce you like in it , but only in small quantities.

Have a great day!

Sarah ✍

60 comments:

Priti said...

Noodlles looks delicious and the pics are so fab .....

Meena said...

Looks yum!!

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An Open Book said...

gorgeous pics..i have this ability to ruin noodles and fried rice at home..somehow it never turns out well..so chinese take away it is :)

Shema George said...

loved the pics ..the noodles look very tempting !!

Sayantani said...

a perfect winter warmer...easy to cook and comforting.

Dizzy Lizzie said...

The amount of work that has gone into your blog is inspiring and humbling at the same time. You have a gorgeous place here - a very rare thing for Indian bloggers. Great work!!!!

I'm gonna cook your curd rice now. :)

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

I like soba noodles and yours look delicious! Gorgeous pictures too!

Az said...

Looks perfect! Love the clicks..

S.Menaga said...

looks soo perfect....lovely clicks!!

ente pachakasala said...

adipoli ayittundu ketto

Malli said...

Love your version of Stir fried Soba noodles and the picture of the snow flakes on the lovely leaves is just beautiful!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious looking noodles...AS always...love your clicks...

Suja said...

Perfect and comforting..looks delicious

Priya's Feast said...

Luvly click on snow..Wish i cud be there...i never had soba noodles,luks very delicious

Sravs said...

Nice and wonderful noodles !!

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divya said...

OMG,very tempting recipe dear...Amazing clicks.Loved ur noodles n the presentation too gud...

Panchamrutham said...

thanks for the info on buckwheat...Though I had made these noodles b4 I didnt know this fact....

loved the presentation

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Krithi's Kitchen said...

This is awesome! Makes a hearty and healthy meal..
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Mrs K said...

We lost 70% of our most beautiful maple to the Nor'easter and of course no power for 4 days :( This dish looks and sounds so yummy and the pictures always have a dream like quality:)!!!

Chitra said...

very informative info on buckwheat..and the dish looks so tempting...

anthony stemke said...

Sensational photographs. A nice delicious chicken dish, love the flavour component.
Thank You.

Nitha said...

adipoli tto... Lovely clicks as usual... BTW njan samosa undaakkiya paathram evde nnu thanne vaangiyathu aanu...

Amina Khaleel said...

noodles look yummy... fabulous clicks..

Nisha said...

Noodle recipe sounds yum

jayarajmurukkumpuzha said...

assalayittundu..... aashamsakal................

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

I have a pack of soba noodles sitting in my pantry for so long now! Have to use it up and this looks like a great recipe :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Gorgeous photos...snow in Autumn.
The noodle stir-fry looks so yummy.

Vandana Rajesh said...

Beautiful post Sarah..loved the pictures of the snow(so beautifully capturedthru ur lens) and the noodles and presentation look awesome.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks flavourful and yummy...cant be any better, and as usual lovely clicks

Priya said...

Super tempting bowl of irresistible noodles,makes me hungry.

zareena.b said...

Fabulous and tempting pics dear. I want to dig the whole bowl..:)

Shilpakiran said...

yummy noodles sarah

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Just pass me that bowl of yummy noodles dear:)

Hyma said...

wow! simply amazing clicks Sarah1 loved the single autumn leaf on the snow bed and the snow fall....lovely!

Tina said...

Beautiful clicks as always sweetie...Kurachu enichum thayoooo....

julie said...

Delicious and super delicious preparation,Quick fix too!!

Uma said...

I enjoyed this post much with beatiful pictures and delicious recipe. BTW, can u tell me any replacement for vinegar? I have all ingredients at home except vinegar1 :-(

Sarah Naveen said...

Uma , I havent tried without vinegar yet ..
What about lemon juice if you like ? I think it should be okie...

San said...

Mouthwatering noodles on the bowl sarah, the pics adds justice to it.

Sobha Shyam said...

awesome clicks and a lovely recipe dear..

Reshmi said...

nice clicks n super delicious noodles...thnks for the info abt buckwheat...sarah.

Toyin O. said...

Looks yummy, thanks for sharing.

Rachana said...

I simply love the pictures Sarah :-)

aipi said...

So wholesome n hearty ~ great as ever my dear!
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Shabs said...

Ooooh , the noodles look mouth watering and the pics are just gorgeous , really gorgeous .

deepsrecipes said...

Interesting blog post,Sarah...
Noodles are my fav..
Tempting pix..
Loving the weather ...!!!!!!

vineetha said...

This is a beaautiful pic sarah kutty..
Love Chinese food ,kanditu vishapinte vili varunu :)

Anonymous said...

Hi like your blog. You say its a ballad of indian spices and then you have strawberries and milk on the left hand corner. didnt quite get that.

Sarah Naveen said...

I totally got your point Anon...
I don't know how long you have known this page , but I change my header every couple of weeks and I put the pics i like from what i have clicked ! It was a cinnamon pic b4 this , when i got bored i changed it to this last month or so...
So now what i don't get is, you have a name right? but then why Anon?

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Sarah Naveen said...

Anon , again your reply went to spam. Thats y I asked :)..I am able to recover some anon comments at times , but some I am not able to :)..Blogger automatically does that !

Zainab said...

Wow... Nice space!! Happy to follow u

Pavithra said...

Soba noodles is my fav love it to the core both the dish and also the pictures.

Nags said...

the pics in this post are gorgeous!! :)

Top Cuisine avec Lavi said...

Amazing recipe! Happy to follow u!

Plateful said...

Terrific shots, Sarah!! You are one awesome talented person--god bless. Does your hubby know how lucky he is..!!

Sarah Naveen said...

its great to hear that from you Nash !
ah you have no idea how lucky I am :)

Subhie Arun said...

yummy noodles....and of course terrific shots dear!!!

Subhie Arun said...

yummy noodles....and of course terrific shots dear!!!

Pratiba Bhat said...

I'm a pure vegetarian. But I couldn't stop looking at the pics you have clicked. Beautiful decorations and presentations.

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