This is another of my “throw it together fast” improvisations. You can, of course, mix some veggies in with the soy chicken strips and noodles, but steamed, very lightly seasoned veggies on the side provide a light bright contrast to a very hearty-tasting protein and noodle combo. I’ve made this recipe with two different kinds of chicken-free griller strips: Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips and Simple Truth’s Meatless Griller Strips . Both work well, though it should be noted that the package of Beyond Meat is 9 ozs and Simple Truth is 16 oz. Beyond Meat has fewer bigger pieces, more uniform in size. Simple Truth’s Meatless Griller Strips are more irregular in size — and there’s a lot more of it. (Also it’s a lot more readily available in my grocery store.) Pictures in this post show both brands for comparison.
- 1 pkg Al Dente Spicy Sesame Linguini
- 1 pkg chicken strip substitute
- Sesame oil
- Turkish Seasoning (from Penzeys)
Put on a pot of water to boil (and also start any veggie side dishes you wish). The Spicy Sesame Linguini takes just a few minutes to cook; what takes the most time is bringing the water to a boil.
Saute the chicken-free strips in a small amount of sesame oil. This complements the sesame linguini very nicely!
Stir in the Turkish seasoning. I used 1-2 Tbls of this depending on how much I was cooking up; you may be happy with less. This seasoning mix is delicious, but it does have salt in it. If you restrict the amount of salt in your diet, you will probably want to use less of this seasoning, or find a Turkish seasoning mix without salt. I usually don’t use premade seasoning mixes, but this is one of my exceptions. (If I ever work out a salt free version of this season, I’ll update this post.)
Really you don’t need high heat for this: it’s just to heat up the strips and give the seasoning a chance to meld with the oil. There’s no need to sear the pieces.
Cook the noodles according to package direction, drain. Do not rinse. Toss the highly seasoned Chicken-Free Strips with the noodles.
Serve with lightly steamed veggies on the side. (My preference. Serve with whatever you want!) If you cook side-dish veggies in the microwave (or reheat leftover veggies), this is one of the fastest (and very filling) full meals you can make!