You’ll find many of these ingredients in the Asian section of your supermarket or health food store. Stock up: We promise you’ll be making this well into fall.
- 1½ bunches scallions, divided
- 1 8-inch piece dried kombu
- 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
- 3 star anise pods
- 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more
- 1 3½–4-pound chicken
- 8 ounces dried thin rice noodles (not vermicelli)
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
- ½ bunch Tuscan kale, tough stems removed, leaves very thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
- Pinch of sugar
- 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon furikake seasoning, plus more for serving
- Chili oil (for serving)
- Furikake, a dried blend of seaweed, sesame seeds, fish flakes, salt, and other seasonings, can be found at Asian markets, some supermarkets, and online.
Cut 1 bunch scallions into 1″ pieces; thinly slice remaining bunch of scallions and set aside. Bring 12 cups water to a brisk simmer in a large stockpot and add scallion pieces, kombu, ginger, star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, ¼ cup soy sauce, and 1 Tbsp. salt; cook until kombu is softened, 10–15 minutes.
Add chicken to pot and reduce heat so liquid is at a very gentle simmer. Poach chicken, uncovered, until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 160°, 40–45 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool.
Meanwhile, increase heat to medium-high and bring poaching liquid to a boil; cook until reduced by half, 30–45 minutes. Fish out scallions, ginger, and star anise from pot with a slotted spoon and discard. Add noodles to poaching liquid and cook according to package instructions. Drain and toss in a large bowl with 1 tsp. sesame oil.
Combine kale, sugar, a pinch of salt, and remaining 1 tsp. sesame oil in a medium bowl and massage kale, rubbing between your fingers, until softened and shiny, about 30 seconds. Add vinegar, rice noodles, reserved sliced scallions, 1 Tbsp. furikake, and remaining 2 Tbsp. soy sauce and toss to combine; season with salt.
Remove skin and bones from chicken; discard. Slice or shred meat. Serve with noodles, drizzled with chili oil and sprinkled with more furikake.
Do Ahead: Chicken can be poached 1 day ahead; let cool, cover and chill chicken and liquid separately. Bring to room temperature before slicing. Noodle mixture can be made 3 hours ahead; store at room temperature. Moisten with more soy sauce and vinegar before serving.