Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: about 5 minutes
1. Boil 3 cups water. Put noodles in a large bowl and pour over boiling water. Let sit about 5 minutes, stirring, until noodles feel soft. Drain and rinse under very cold running water for about 2 minutes, until noodles are cold. Drain well and place in serving bowl.
2. In a small bowl, mix sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger. Pour dressing over the noodles and stir well.
3. Arrange the chicken on top of the noodles, in the middle; put the carrots and cucumbers around the edges. Serve cold.
How kids can help: Toss noodles with dressing; arrange chicken on top and carrots and cucumbers around edges.
TIP: Garnish the grown-ups' servings with a sprinkling of chopped peanuts and finely chopped scallions.