Chicken Satay Noodles

My daughter is a big fan of peanuts and subsequently has loved this dish since she was 7 months old! Nuts are not only a fantastic source of protein but also give a wonderful creaminess to the dish which kids love. Serve as a noodle dish which little hands love getting messy with, blitz down into a rough puree or forget the noodles and just use the marinade for fantastic BBQ chicken skewers. Either way everyone's happy!

[Note: if there is a history of allergies in the family or any other indications that your child may have allergies check with the doctor before giving nuts a go.]

Serves 2 adults and 1-2 small children

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for the satay marinade:

1 tsp mild curry powder

15g fresh coriander, roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped

15g ginger (peeled weight), finely chopped

2 tbsp peanut butter

juice of 1/2 lime

1 tsp reduced salt soy sauce, optional

 

1 tbsp sunflower oil

250g chicken fillet, cut into 1-cm slices

75g broccoli florets, cut into pieces

60g red pepper, cut into thin slices

100g egg noodles, soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes and drained

1 tbsp peanut butter

175ml coconut milk

juice of 1/2 lime

1 tsp reduced salt soy sauce, optional

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Place all the satay marinade ingredients in a food processor and blitz down until a smooth paste. Pour over the chicken and leave to marinade for 1 hour or overnight. 

You can cook the chicken two ways. One option is to thread the chicken onto skewers and cook in a large frying pan for 5 minutes, turning half way through. The second, is to cook it in the wok with the rest of the ingredients...  Heat the oil in a wok and cook the chicken and any excess marinade for 2-3 minutes. Add the broccoli and red pepper and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Finally, add the drained noodles, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice and soy. Bring everything to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes- the coconut milk should reduce down and coat the noodles. Serve immediately.

for early weaning: blend down until smooth and portion up. 

just for adults? sprinkle over finely sliced spring onions, fresh coriander, red chilli and some toasted peanuts.