Monday, August 12, 2013

Easy Summer Cooking

While I am off gallivanting through Colorado, Meredith, from has so kindly offered to share her thought on summer food! This recipe looks great and I can't wait to try it myself! Hope you enjoy!

Getting tired of your summer recipes? As we head into the last full month of summer, you've probably had your fill of hot dogs, burgers and barbecue chicken. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with these classic meals—they’re easy, cheap and so delicious—but even the yummiest dinners can get a little tired if you eat them too often!
Luckily, there are dozens of easy grilling recipes out there besides your plain old hot dog. Whether you use salmon or turkey in your next burger recipe or marinate your chicken in spices or pesto instead of typical barbecue sauce, there are lots of ways to make your average summer meals a little more interesting.
This simple summer recipe calls for two of the cheapest and most popular easy dinner ingredients out there—pasta and chicken breasts—but uses them in a unique, ultra-flavorful way that you may not have tried yet this summer! With peanut sauce, soy sauce and lots of crunchy veggies, these peanut noodles and chicken skewers put a delicious twist on your average grilled chicken dinner.
Best of all, this dinner can be ready in just half an hour, which is perfect for those nights when you’re pressed for time or it’s just too hot to be spending hours in the kitchen!  To save even more time, make the noodles and sauce the night before so that all you’ll have to do at dinnertime is grill up the chicken; the noodles can be warmed up before dinner or kept in the fridge and eaten chilled. 

Peanut Noodles and Chicken Skewers
Total Time: 30 min
Serves: 6
  •          PAM® Grilling Spray
  •          8 ounces dry linguine pasta, uncooked
  •          1 cup Peter Pan® Crunchy Peanut Butter
  •          ½ cup hot water
  •          ¼ cup La Choy® Soy Sauce
  •          2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  •          1¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1½ inch pieces
  •            4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
  •          1 28-oz can La Choy® Stir Fry Vegetables, drained

Spray the grate of an outdoor grill with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions or until al dente.
Meanwhile, whisk together peanut butter, water, soy sauce and ginger in a medium bowl until smooth. Divide peanut sauce into 2 bowls.
Thread chicken pieces onto skewers; brush liberally with peanut sauce from 1 bowl. Grill chicken for 7 minutes; turn and grill for 7 more minutes or until juices run clear.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add stir fry vegetables and cook and stir for 5 minutes or until softened. Drain pasta and add it to skillet. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil; toss to combine. Add peanut sauce to the second bowl and toss together. Serve noodles with chicken skewers.

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat®. For this dinner and other easy chicken recipes to make this summer, visit