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Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Noodles

Marinated in a little honey, ginger, soy sauce, and peanut oil, Asian-inspired Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Noodles are paired with cucumber noodles to create an easy weeknight dinner.

Cooking Light MARCH 2014

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 kebab, 3/4 cup noodles, and 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)


  • 7 ounces uncooked soba noodles
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste) or chile garlic paste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro


1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain and rinse with cold water. Drain. Combine 2 tablespoons vinegar, sesame oil, 1 tablespoon honey, and sugar in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add the noodles, onions, and cucumber; toss to combine.

2. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ginger, and peanut oil in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Thread chicken evenly onto 4 (10-inch) skewers.

3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add kebabs to pan; cook 12 minutes or until done, turning to brown all sides.

4. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, peanut butter, 2 tablespoons water, and sambal oelek in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle mixture over chicken. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with noodles.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 414
  • Fat: 21.6g
  • Saturated fat: 3.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 6.8g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 558mg
  • Calcium: 37mg

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