Chinese Chicken Salad

Most Chinese chicken salads contain a variety of ingredients, often including such things as fruit, nuts and crunchy, dry chow mein noodles. This salad contains chicken, lettuce, and dressing. The dressing is a little spicy and has a unique flavour. All the preparation can be done the day before you plan to serve the salad, and then, just before serving you just toss everything together.

 

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • 3 cups (450 g) of iceberg lettuce
  • 1½ (225 g)cups of green cabbage
  • 1½ (225 g) cups of purple cabbage
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2″ matchsticks
  • 1 cup (150 g) edamame beans, shelled
  • 1 red pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup (75 g) unsalted peanuts

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup (80 g) smooth peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) rice wine vinegar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) fresh ginger

Dressing (continued)

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) toasted sesame oil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) grapeseed oil

Method

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425F (218 C).
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and roast for 25-30 mins until cooked through. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. To make the dressing, combine the peanut butter, vinegar, lime zest, lime juice and water, whisk until smooth.
  4. Then add the soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  5. Then slowly add the oil, while whisking, to combine. Set dressing aside.
  6. Slice lettuce and cabbage into ribbons, slice cucumber into half moons, carrots and red pepper into matchsticks. Thaw edamame if frozen.
  7. Shred chicken with a fork.
  8. Place lettuce and cabbage on a plate, add veggies, chicken and toss with the dressing.
  9. Garnish with 2 tbsp of peanuts. Enjoy!