After having a baby recently, I was lucky enough to have some friends and family send me over dinner for the first two weeks. Needless to say, I felt really pampered to have hot and delicious food delivered to my door each day! Making dinner for a kimpeturin is such a wonderful mitzvah, one which I enjoy doing myself, and I encourage others to do as well. My friend Dina sent over a variation of this dish and it was a huge hit. Here is my adaptation:
Sesame Linguini with Marinated Chicken Breast:
For the pasta:
1 box linguini
1 onion, cut into half circles
1 zucchini, cut into half circles
1 container mushrooms, sliced
1 head baby bok choy
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup sugar
3 scallions, for garnish
sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish
Prepare linguini according to package directions. Saute onion until translucent and add zucchini, bok choy, and mushrooms. Continue to saute until zucchini is tender-crisp. Add vegetables to pasta. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar and pour over pasta.
For the chicken:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
4-5 boneless chicken breast
Mix soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and sugar. Pour into a ziploc bag to which chicken has been added. Marinate for 2-3 hours (or minimum 1 hour). Remove from marinade (you can discard it) and pan-fry the chicken over medium heat, using sesame oil to coat the pan. Cool and slice over pasta.
Note: Feel free to grill the chicken breasts. I, of course, was too lazy to shlep down my George Foreman, but if you have yours handy, I would recommend grilling over pan-frying (for health and taste!)
Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.