Hot-as-Heck Chicken on Chinese Noodles With Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce:
2 tsp. peeled, chopped fresh ginger
2 tsp. chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic
2 fresh jalapeno peppers
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. soy sauce
1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. curry powder, toasted
1/4 c. honey
2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1 tbs. olive oil
4 (6 oz.) chicken breast halves
1/2 c. dry sherry
1 c. sweet hot chili sauce
1/2 lb. dried Chinese egg noodles, cooked al dente and tossed with a dash of vegetable oil
1/2 c. dry-roasted peanuts or cashews
3 to 4 green onions, minced
To prepare the peanut sauce, combine the ginger, cilantro, garlic, jalapenos, vinegar, soy sauce and peanut butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the curry powder, honey and sesame oil; process until smooth. Set aside.
Fill a pasta pot or medium stock pot with 8 to 10 cups of salted water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Meanwhile, in a very large sauté pan, heat the oil over high heat until smoking hot. Put the chicken breasts in the pan and brown them well, about 2 minutes on each side. Decrease the heat to medium and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sherry, increase the heat to high, and cook until about half of the sherry remains, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chili sauce and turn the breasts to coat them well. Decrease the heat to low and slowly simmer while you prepare the noodles.
Put the noodles in the pasta insert and set in the pot of boiling water or in the stock pot and cook for about 2 minutes to heat through. Strain the noodles and place in a large bowl. Toss them with 1/2 cup of the peanut sauce and place on a serving platter. Remove the chicken breasts from the sauce and slice. Place the chicken slices on the noodles and pour some of the remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle with the roasted peanuts and scallions. Serve hot.

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