Cooking for Friends - Roast Chicken Soba Salad


Roast Chicken Soba Noodle Salad


Cooking Time: 15mins

Serves: 4-6

Skill: Easy


This is great summer recipe that your gluten-free friends will love!



  • Half a roast chicken

  • 350gm kale coleslaw mix

  • 3 sticks of buckwheat soba noodles

  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of mirin

  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoon of white sesame seeds



Step 1

Cook soba noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Then rinse soba noodles in cold water. Drain noodles and mix sesame oil through the noodles to stop noodles from sticking.

Step 2

Mix rice vinegar, mirin and soy sauce in small bowl to make the dressing.

Step 3

Shred roast chicken and mix with kale coleslaw, soba noodles and dressing in mixing bowl.

Sprinkle sesame seeds to finish the salad.


A Tip on How to Do Hospitality Well

A while ago we visited some friends and they cooked this soba noodle salad for us. We loved it and it has been on steady rotation in our household. That night with our friends was very memorable, not only for this simple meal but because it was an evening of mutual conversation and care. Our friends live equally busy and ministry filled lives. Conversation was full of honest sharing and lighthearted laughing.

When having someone over for a meal the whole point is to be spending time together, getting to know each other and sharing different parts of your lives. Conversation might come very easily for you while for others deep conversation might make them uncomfortable. Just simply enjoy getting to know one another.

Some simple tips for easy conversation:

  • Share what was your most memorable meal you have ever had. (For Amy it was being introduced to soft-shell crab for the first time!)

  • Play a board or card game while you chat. This can be a great way to break up the conversation and not feel awkward when there is silence.

  • Finish off the cooking when your guests arrive and maybe even ask if they want to help you. They might have some hidden cooking skills they can show you.

  • Don’t feel you need to have an ‘agenda’ of conversation. Let things flow naturally. And if conversation doesn’t go as deep as you would like, this is not a failure! Just a door for more meals and time together.

Meals with Jesus

If you would like to learn more about the lost practice of hospitality from Jesus who ate and drank with strangers, join us for the Meals with Jesus series this Sunday. We’ll take you out for a free lunch at a local restaurant. It’s our way of saying welcome!