Chicken & Peanut Buckwheat Noodles

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Another day, another tonne of carbs! Buckwheat noodles are the centre of this clean, gluten-free dish which satisfies cravings quickly and provides a steady supply of energy for hours afterwards (well, 2 hours…did I mention I’m bulking?!) You could use average noodles for this if you’re not fussed about eating clean, but buckwheat or soba noodles give it a Wagamamma’s feel and are much more nutritious.

Everything can be cooked from scratch and it’ll take about 30 minutes, or take a few short cuts and have it ready in 15. It’s a great one to whip up for a quick post-workout dinner, making extra for tupperware glory at lunchtime the next day.

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Ingredients (for 2):

  • 2 nests buckwheat noodles
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (peanut or cashew work best)
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 200g pack pre-cooked chicken (or 2 chicken breasts you’ve already cooked)
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • handful sugarsnap peas
  • sprinkling of sesame seeds (I’ve used black sesame here for colour)
  • handful dry roasted peanuts, bashed up with a rolling pin.

Method:

If making from scratch, cook your chicken breasts at 170C (for 25-30mins). Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the noodles. Simmer for 4 mins. Meanwhile, combine the sesame oil, soy, lime juice, honey, nut butter, Tabasco and a splash of water in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 45 secs. Stir well to combine into a smooth sauce.

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Add the sauce to the noodles and then chuck in the chicken, pepper and sugarsnaps. Sprinkle with the dry roasted nuts and sesame seeds and serve!

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The Perfect Post-workout

chicken cashew

This is one of my absolute top post workout dinners. High protein (of courrrrrse!) healthy fats and nutritious carbs. Plus 100x more delicious than a standard stir fry. Not to mention seriously little effort and super quick. Doesn’t photograph that well, but trust me, it’s a must try!

Serves 2 – adapted from Nigel Slater’s EAT.

Ingredients:

+ 400g diced chicken breast

+ 3 tsp five spice powder or paste

+ 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

+ 75g salted cashew nuts

+ 200ml boiling water

+ 200g tenderstem broccoli

Method:

Put the chicken in a bowl with the five spice and garlic, mixing well.

Heat a frying pan with a little oil on high and add the chicken mix. Fry for 2 mins, then throw in the cashews.

Add the broccoli to the pan, along with the boiling water. Cover the pan (in my high-tech kitchen I favour tin foil) and leave to steam for about 3 mins. Check the chicken has cooked through here, as depending on the chunk size, some pieces may need a little more time.

Serve, with cooking juices dished over and a little soy sauce.

Macros (roughly, per serving)

Protein – 60g

Carbohydrates – 19g

Fat – 25g

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