Y’all. These Chipotle Chicken Soba Noodles are the BOMB. Filled with spicy chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, fresh soba noodles, tons of fresh veggies and topped with crispy fried halloumi. This meal will blow your mind!
I think I want to deem this meal the: Our Balanced Bowl Clean Out The Pantry Meal That Turned Into the Most Delicious Meal I’ve Ever Had. Yup, it’s that good.
I’ve had soba noodles in my pantry for the past 3 months. I had never heard of them before I picked them up at Lidl, in one of their specialty sections. They’re made of buckwheat flour and have the most interesting look and feel to them! It tastes much lighter than pasta, think of lo mein noodles that you would get in a stir fry but lighter. They have a nutty delicious flavor that pairs perfectly with this dish.
I’ve also had a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, that you can find on the reg at Aldi for 99 cents, in my pantry for a while. I knew for a while I had been wanting to combine these two, I just didn’t know how.
Then it hit me. Combine the two. Add fresh veggies and chicken. Perfect light, Summer meal. And that’s how it happened!
Oh, and I should mention that there is a VERY VERY special ingredient in this. An ingredient so special that Ben and I only buy it once or twice a year. Halloumi cheese. If you’ve never heard of Halloumi, the best way I can describe it is a cheese that you can literally fry in a saute pan and it doesn’t melt. It is tangy, chewy, with a crunchy golden outside and it’s wonderful. If you’re Southern or from Wisconsin, to me, it tastes like a fancy version of a fried cheese curd. Yup.
Ben and I first tried this delicacy in London a couple years ago – where the halloumi is everywhere! But be warned, even though I know that you will fall in love with it, it is only available in most places in the United States seasonally. Ben and I buy ours at Trader Joe’s during the Summer months. It’s 4.99 for a huge pack of six large “steaks” of cheese.
Halloumi is extremely easy to cook as well, so don’t be worried! All you do is heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat and fry them until golden brown, flipping halfway through! I chopped mine into smaller pieces to distribute throughout the dish AFTER they were fully sauteed.
So! Let’s get back to the main dish. In this meal, you will find:
- soba noodles
- a homemade chipotle sauce which has chipotle peppers, olive oil, garlic, lime, honey and S+P
- baked shredded chicken
- fresh cabbage, green bell pepper + green onion
- crispy fried halloumi
- topped with sesame seeds
Yes, yes, and more yes. It’s amazing. It’s spicy, it’s tangy, it’s crunchy. It’s allll of the amazing adjectives.
The chipotle sauce is such an amazing blend of flavors from the smoky chipotle peppers, to the citrus-y lime, a little bit of honey and the olive oil to meld it all together. You put all of that in a food processor and/or blend and blend it all together to make the most flavorful sauce of all time.
The soba noodles are light, slightly sweet with a hint of a nutty flavor. The shredded chicken is tender and flavorful, just from a splash of olive oil and S+P. You mix these two items together and then douse them in the chipotle sauce. Yup.
Once it’s combined, you can add any fresh veggies you have on hand. I wanted a crunchier pasta dish, so I added red cabbage, green onion and green bell pepper.
Top it with the most amazing cheese you will ever have in your life as well as some sesame seeds if ya got ’em for extra protein and crunch.
Raise your hand if you love easy, light Summer meals! Same, y’all. Same. Find the full recipe below! Xo.
Chipotle Chicken Soba Noodles with Fried Halloumi
Filled with spicy chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, fresh soba noodles, tons of fresh veggies and topped with crispy fried halloumi.
- 1 lb chicken breast
- 4 oz soba noodles
- 1/4 head red cabbage
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 2 stalks green onions
- 1.5 oz halloumi cheese
- salt and pepper + olive oil for seasoning the chicken
- sprinkle sesame seeds (optional)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 tbsp adobo sauce
- 1/2 tsp honey
- juice of one lime
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350. Season your chicken breast with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until done.
Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the chipotle sauce above in a food processor or blender. Blend well until combined. Set aside.
Chop up the red cabbage and green bell pepper into long, thin strips. Dice your green onion. Set aside.
When your chicken is nearing done, boil a large pot of water and cook your Soba noodles according to the package (I let mine boil for about 5 minutes or so). Drain them and add them to a large bowl.
When your chicken is done, shred it and add it to the large bowl along with your soba noodles. Add in the chipotle sauce and veggies and combine well.
Lastly, heat up a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add in a splash of olive oil and add in your whole slices of halloumi. Heat on each side for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Once they're finished cooking, cut into bite size pieces.
Assemble your meal! Add a large scoop of the chipotle soba noodles and veggies to a bowl, top with halloumi and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Eat hot or cold. Enjoy!