Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame


This tasty salad with Japanese buckwheat noodles is both quick and healthy; great for lunch or dinner. Most larger supermarkets have buckwheat soba noodles in the Asian food section.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
3 cups



  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

  • 4 ounces buckwheat soba noodles

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin bite-size strips

  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 rib celery, sliced (Optional)

  • 1 carrot, sliced

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Whisk rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, and ginger together in a large bowl until dressing is combined.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add soba noodles, stir, and return water to a boil. Boil noodles until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain noodles in a colander under cold running water until cool, about 1 minute.

  3. Heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breast pieces until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and pepper; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

  4. Toss soba noodles, chicken, celery, carrot, red pepper, cilantro, green onion, and sesame seeds together with dressing in large bowl.

Cook's Note:

I use yamaimo soba, a buckwheat soba that contains yamaimo, a japanese mountain yam.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
15g Fat
38g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 704mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 29mg 147%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 398mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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