Monday, September 30, 2013

healthier chinese chicken salad

I love a "chinese" chicken salad.  The peanuts, the fried wantons, the peanut-ey dressing. It's just SO good.  Below is my attempt to make this favorite a little healthier than the average restaurant version.  It turned out really good.  I didn't even miss the fried wantons :).

healthier chinese chicken salad {serves two-three}
-1 chicken breast, grilled and chopped
-chopped romaine (about two cups)
-chopped kale (about a cup)
-chopped radishes (I used three radishes)
-carrots, diced (I used one large carrot)
-cucumber, chopped (I used hald of a large one)
-a handful of fresh cilantro, diced
-a small handful of peanuts

for the dressing
-4 heaping tablespoons of all natural creamy peanut butter
-1 1/2 tablespoons honey
-2 tablespoons soy sauce
-fresh grated ginger (about a tablespoon or two)
-a splash of chicken broth or vegetable broth to thin out the dressing

1. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper, grill and chop into bite size pieces.  Set aside.
2. Put all the veggies and peanuts in a large bowl and toss together.  
3. Make the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisking together. It helps to microwave the peanut butter for a few seconds first.
4. Pour the dressing over the veggies, toss all to combine, and plate.  Top each salad with some chicken....or leave off the chicken if that isn't your thing.

This salad is an easy make ahead dish. The kale will soak up the dressing and be better by the second day.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

thank you so much for your comment! i read and enjoy each and every one :).

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