Monday, June 25, 2012

Asian Salad with Ginger-Soy Marinated Chicken

salad is my own
dressing adapted form epicurious
chicken and marinade adapted from

serves 4-6

The Ingredients:
for the chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

 for the salad:
4 cups mixed Asian greens (arugula, red mustard and mizuna)
2 cups spinach
1/2 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
1 carrot, juilianned
2-3 potato onions or scallions, sliced
handful of pea tendrils
1 cup snow peas, cut diagonally 
1 - 6 oz can mandarin oranges, drained

for the dressing:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Asian sesame oil
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
1 tsp  red pepper flakes

The Process:
For the chicken
Trim any fat from the chicken, rinse and pat dry.  Place chicken in a resealable gallon-sized bag or shallow dish.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, oil, honey, ginger and garlic.  Pour the marinade over the chicken and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350.  Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.

for the dressing: 
Combine all of the ingredients and whisk well.

for the salad:
In a large salad bowl combine the first eight ingredients, reserving the mandarin oranges and  peanuts.  Drizzle about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.  Slice the cooled chicken into thin coins and layer over the salad.  Top with mandarin orange and peanuts.  Drizzle with remaining dressing.

The Review:
This is a salad to knock all fast food and chain restaurant varieties out of the park.  The chicken was so juicy and tender, even after is had cooled.  Burst of sweet peas or oranges, the crunch of carrots and peanuts, the peppery bite of the asian greens mellowed out by the vibrant spinach.  Every bite brought a new and complex play of flavors and textures.  The chicken easily could have starred in a meal of its own.  But the same could honestly be said of the greens as well.  The dressing brought every thing together...a touch of salt and sesame...

All of us were quite sad to reach the bottom of the salad bowl.

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