Tuesday 16 August 2011


Are you one of those who can't resist the pull of their noses towards the rotisserie chicken counter? Do you always succumb to the olfactory enticement of these chickens tauntingly revolving in the fiery spit while oozing out glistening juices and defeating all your efforts to resist? Do you unknowingly extend your arm and, without realizing, find that you are already holding a warm packet of glorious, fragrant roast chicken? 

You are not alone. I've lost count of how many I've eaten in my lifetime. Actually, I've lost count of how many I've eaten last month. I am not the only one with this affliction in my household. Even if I succeed to evade the chicken counter when at the supermarket, some other family member/members would approach me with beaming smiles, arms already laden with the much coveted chicken they had to queue up for. When the chicken is served, it is eaten with equal gusto EACH time. I serve it chopped, save for the breast, because we usually can't finish the whole lot in one meal. I am one who hates waste, so I really try to find inventive ways to rehash the leftovers.  

My favourite way of using up the chicken breast is as a salad, on top of cold glass noodles and drizzled with an exciting peanut sauce. It is actually bang bang chicken (anything named twice must be good, right?), so called because the chicken meat was shredded by bashing with the side of a cleaver. You guessed it, the name is the sound the cleaver made as it hit the poor chicken. Chickens these days are very tender so there's no need for extreme measures. In fact, I  just slice it so the morsels are quite big. Shreds of cucumber, spring onion rings, crispy shallots and chopped peanuts complete the salad that hits your taste buds with a bang.

Ingredients for the salad:

1 1/2 c. flaked chicken meat
1/2 cucumber, seeds removed, cut into matchsticks
150 gms. of glass noodles
2 tbsps. spring onion rounds (green parts only)
2 tbsps. crispy fried shallots
1/2 chillli, cut into strips (optional)
2 tbsps. chopped peanuts

Pour boiling water over the noodles and leave for 7 minutes. Drain and refresh with cold water. Transfer to a plate or two individual plates (this recipe serves two). Top with the cucumber sticks, flaked chicken, drizzle with the dressing before sprinkling with the chillies, crispy onions, spring onions and chopped peanuts.

Ingredients for the dressing:

1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. light soy sauce
1/4 c. vinegar
1 tsp. chilli oil
1 tsp. sesame oil

Whisk all of the ingredients together and drizzle over the salad.

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  1. Great recipe, the chicken and sauce both look very appetizing.

  2. Oooh, I learn something new every day. I actually thought it was called bang bang chicken because it was super spicy or something. Anyway, this looks absolutely delicious as always!! The photos are stunning :)

  3. This dish is delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. BTW, the photos are great!

  4. I have no worlds to describe this meal..Looks so good, I love all the pretty colors that pull this meal to the maximum temptation!:))

  5. I'm convinced my local supermarket puts the roasted chickens right next to the main entrance just to torment me. :)
    We routinely make roast chicken at home, so I'm always on the lookout for recipes to make with the leftovers... and this one sounds like it's a winner, based on the name alone! Will have to remember this next time there's leftover chicken to be dealt with.

  6. Great way to use up leftover chicken! Your photos did a great job of convincing me that this is a delicious dish. Thanks for sharing this one-yum!

  7. There is nothing that beats the aroma of the roast chicken when you walk in the store. I guess that's why they always say to eat before going shopping.

    That photo makes me want salad very badly, and I'm not a huge salad fan. Wow, each ingredient jumps with flavor. It's beautiful.

  8. I cant wait to try this dressing! It sounds so good! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I want to eat that peanut butter dressing with a spoon!

  10. I like you style Adora! I always try to waste as less as possible. Reinventing another dish is a great way of getting rid of leftovers; casseroles are the best invention ever! Love the chicken and peanut sauce combo!

  11. This glass noodle chicken dish has me weak in the knees just staring at it! Why do all your creations have that effect on me, Adora? Love the catchy name and of course, a little bit of peanut sauce on anything makes the dish more exciting!

  12. I'm fairly sure that I just drooled on my keyboard, Adora. But that's ok... just the look of the photo alone not to mention one of my favorite ingredients (the chicken) is worth my keyboard shorting out :-D

  13. I have been known to lurk around the deli waiting for the freshest roast chicken possible..... Love the photo of that salad! The dressing sounds just perfect!

  14. That sounds so fantastic and what a great presentation too!I enjoy glass noodle with a spicy sauce .. should try this one sometime.

  15. This is stunning. I swear it was sitting right in front of me. The pic is that clear and bright. Love it, buzzing it.

  16. Looks so delicious and your photos are always so beautiful :o)

  17. So very delicious, Adora! Your photos are mouthwatering...pass some my way, please! :)


  18. Very tasty looking recipe and an easy dinner idea. Love it.

  19. Terrific dish ! I can never resist chicken and noodles together ! Thanks for sharing !

  20. I love this combination! The peanut sauce sounds amazing. I love the glass noodles too, nice touch!

  21. I've never even seen or heard of glass noodles before! Where do you find them

  22. A resounding YES! to your questions on the first paragraph LOL. I love your recipe for leftover chicken, yummy!

  23. Glass noodles is also called bean thread vermicelli and can be found in most Asian or Oriental stores.

  24. This looks absolutely delicious and with your explanation must be possible to recereat (simialr):)

  25. Adora! Believe it or not, I am a big fan of bang bang ji!!! I don't know if ji means chicken, but this dish is bang bang ji that I know of... I never made it at home though. You have so many recipes that I've been bookmarking and eventually it's going to be a cookbook! LOL. Great shot!

  26. I admit I am one of those who find it hard to resist those juicy rotisserie chicken as it also means less cookin gin the kitchen which is always a good thing on busy weeknights :) You bang bang chicken salad sounds wonderful with the peanut sauce dressing!

  27. OMG, what a lovely dish!! I am in love with these colours :)

    And I ahve a blog award for you, so I'd like to invite you to get it, when you get a moment: http://angellovescooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/creamy-melon-ice-cream-and-awards.html

  28. These look absolutely delicious and so easy! My kind of cooking! I'm always looking for more ideas on what to do with leftover chicken. Thanks for sharing!


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