Check out this easy weeknight noodle dish.
While its name might be new to you and sound exotic, I promise the flavors are familiar. It’s essentially a simple noodle stir-fry dish that’s very popular in Japan. You can use almost any noodle, but traditionally soba (buckwheat) noodles are used—and they are my absolute favorite.
The trick to making this dish is to make sure you have all your items prepped before you even turn on the stove. It all cooks really quickly, so if you don’t have everything prepped you’ll miss the boat.
Start by slicing your chicken thin. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts but you could use any protein really.
Once that’s ready, grate your carrots, shred the cabbage, and chop the red peppers into thin strips.
For the “soba” part of the yakisoba, you’ll need noodles! Like I said, I used actual Japanese soba, which cooks very quickly. If you can’t find these you could use almost any wheat noodle. Cook the noodles according to the package, rinse them well with cold water to stop the cooking, and toss them with one tablespoon of sesame oil to keep them from sticking.
One more thing before we start cooking: sauce! Any good stir-fry noodle dish has a great sauce and this one is a perfect mix of savory, sweet, and salty. Just stir everything together really well and it’s ready to go.
When you’re finally ready to cook, this dish comes together quickly. Add a drizzle of oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through. This should take more than a few minutes.
Then scoop out the chicken and add the veggies. If the pan is really dry, feel free to add another drizzle of oil. Cook the veggies for a minute or two until they are soft, but slightly crunchy.
Then toss in the cooked chicken, noodles and sauce!
Toss everything to combine and heat everything evenly. The sauce will thicken a bit and stick to everything perfectly.
Serve this up immediately in deep bowls with fresh cilantro. Happy yakisoba eating!
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