Thursday, June 05, 2008

JUNE IS BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER ~ (PICNIC SUPPER) LEMON-LIME CHICKEN TENDERS & COLD SESAME NOODLES

"You can feel it in your heart
You can see it in the ground
You can see it in the trees
You can feel it in the breeze
Look around!
Look around!
Look around!"



LEMON-LIME CHICKEN TENDERS
~ Great on the grill and easy to pack and go
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2 packages boneless, skinless chicken tenders
(or 6 chicken breast halves)
1/3 cup olive oil
juice and zest of 1 or 2 lemons
juice and zest of 1 or 2 limes
4 cloves minced garlic
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. coarse salt
fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Rinse and pat chicken dry. Pound between waxed paper to flatten. Combine olive oil, lime & lemon juice and zest, garlic, cayenne pepper, cilantro, salt & pepper. Pour over chicken and marinate up to 12 hours.
  • Grill tenders for 2 minutes on each side or breast halves five minutes on each side or until done (depending on thickness). Let rest before serving or chill and pack for picnic served with Cold Sesame Noodles. (4-6 servings)

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COLD SESAME NOODLES

~ Delicious and easy ... perfect for a picnic

(adjust the hot spice according to taste)

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1 pound whole wheat spaghetti or linguine

(cooked, drained, and rinsed with cold water)

4 Tbsp. sesame oil

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 (1/4 - inch) slices chopped fresh ginger

4 cloves chopped garlic

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp. Chinese chile oil

2 healthy Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 - 1/2 cup pasta cooking water or organic chicken broth

chopped scallions

chopped peanuts

additional chopped cilantro or parsley


  • Toss cooked pasta with 2 Tbsp. sesame oil to evenly coat.
  • Combine garlic and ginger in food processor. Add remaining 2 Tbsp. sesame oil and remaining ingredients except water or broth. Puree until smooth and pour over noodles. Toss well. Add needed water or broth to thin. Transfer to container and top with chopped scallions, peanuts and cilantro. (4-8 servings)

~ Iceland Poppies

6 comments:

beckie said...

Joey, love those poppies! The ones with the bllue flowers behind them really show well against that color. I also found the pansy planted with the hostas wonderful. I'm glad you got your rain. These tornado watches are getting a littlle old though. Have a great weekend.

joey said...

Thanks Beckie. June is such a happy time in a gardener's life ... what memories are made of!

garden girl said...

You've got some fabulous-looking recipes Joey. I'm going to have to try some of them. Yum!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Yum. I don't know why it never occurred to me to try making sesame noodles with anything other than the hard-to-find soba, but I actually have all of the ingredients for this recipe, even. I am SO trying it for a warm-weather treat. Thanks, Joey!

joey said...

This is a family favorite, Garden Girl, and very easy. Some like it hot (spicy) and WE do.

Hi Kim! So much improved, I started using whole wheat 'cause I like the texture and taste with the nutty spicy sauce. It's great for summer after a day in the sun! My daughter and her friends devored 2 pounds last weekend at the lake (with a little help from me).

Catherine said...

Your garden in June is even MORE BEAUTIFUl than I imagined Joey!!
:)