cook: chinese chicken salad

Guys, I love salads.  I feel like should be a line in the next Sh*t Girls Say, but it’s true.  I love them in a would be my last meal – have them at least once a day (sometimes twice) – dream about what I can put in them – like a guy loves sandwiches – kind of way.   I’m always looking for new ones to toss into my rotation (pun intended) so when I found this recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad on Design*Sponge and I knew I had to try it. I, of course, tweaked it based on what I had in my pantry/fridge and to meet my tastes. I have to say, this was AMAZING. The dressing really makes this salad, its so spicy and flavorful yet light.

Chinese Chicken Salad

Serves 2 (but could easily be halved for one)

What you’ll need:

+ 1 skinless boneless chicken breast

+ 1 heart of romaine lettuce

+ 2 cups spinach

+ 1 handful each of mint and cilantro

+ 2 celery stalks

+ 4 c. mixed vegetables (i blanched broccoli, green beans and sugar snap peas)

+ 1 c. bean sprouts

+ 2 green onions

+ 1 small red pepper

+ 1 small yellow pepper

+ 1/2 c. drained mandarin oranges (no sugar added)

+ 1/4 c. chopped roasted peanuts

+ 1/4 c. chopped roasted cashews

+ 1 T roasted sesame seeds (more if desired, give it a healthy tablespoon)

+ 1/2 jalapeno (seeded and chopped)

For the marinade

+ 2 T sesame oil

+ 1T chili powder

+ 1t ginger

+ 1t white pepper

+ 1t salt

+ 1T black pepper

For the dressing:

+  2 t grated fresh ginger or powdered ginger (I’ve made it with both and the grated fresh is great but the powdered works just fine too)

+  1 T Sriarcha chili sauce

+  2 T brown sugar

+  2 T rice wine vinegar

+  1 T soy sauce

+  1/8 tsp. sesame oil

+  3 T vegetable oil

+  1/2 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped

Start by marinating the chicken for at least an hour.  Grill or broil until it is cooked through, remove from the oven/grill, cover with tin foil and allow to rest while you put together the rest of the salad.

To make the dressing, whisk all ingredients together, set aside.

Chop all ingredients and combine all the in a large bowl.  Cut or shred chicken and add.  Then using tongs, toss the salad with the dressing.  Serve and enjoy.