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Spicy Sesame Chicken Skewers with Cool Soba Noodles. So yummy and completely make ahead!
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Spicy Sesame Chicken Skewers

Sesame chicken with a little kick, and noodles to cool it down!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken, noodles, spicy
Servings: 4 people
Author: Amy



  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger*
  • 1 small sweet onion quartered
  • 1/2 C soy sauce**
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 C sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 Tbsp gochu jang or chili paste
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8-10 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Cool Soba Noodles

  • 12-16 oz stir fry noodles***
  • 1/4 C sesame oil
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C rice vinegar
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C soy sauce
  • 1 bunch scallions thinly sliced
  • 4 medium carrots grated
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds


For the marinade

  • In a blender or food processor, combine ginger, onion, garlic, soy sauce, Gochu jang, lemon juice, sugar, cumin and sesame oil. Process or blend until mostly smooth.
  • Place chicken into baking dish, sprinkle salt over chicken, and pour marinade over top. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of marinade. Cover and chill for 6-8 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove chicken strips from marinade and thread onto skewers. Place on a preheated grill over high heat. Grill for 3 minutes on each side. Serve over Cool Soba Noodles, recipe below.

Cool Soba Noodles

  • Cook noodles to package instructions. 
  • In a small saucepan bring soy sauce and sugar to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes, until syrupy. Transfer to a mixing bowl and whisk in vinegar, sesame oil and vegetable oil. 
  • Pour half of the dressing over noodles and toss, adding dressing as needed. Add scallions, carrots and sesame seeds and toss again.
  • Chill until ready to serve (making up to one day in advance).


*If you don't have fresh ginger, you can substitute with 1 tsp ground ginger.
**Always use reduced sodium soy sauce! Regular is too salty!
***Just about any noodle you find in the Asian aisle at the grocery store will work. You can even use spaghetti noodles if you don't have any stir fry noodles.