Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Spicy Asian Chicken Salad

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I'm back! Back from vacation.
Rested and relaxed.
I hope you enjoyed Cookie Week! I'll be sharing more cookie recipes soon. For now though, I thought I might toss in a savory recipe--Spicy Asian Chicken Salad.

This salad was light, refreshing and deliciously spicy.  It made a most tasty lunch.  Give it a try!

Spicy Asian Chicken Salad
Source:  adapted from Cook Lisa Cook
(Get the printable recipe here)

For the salad:
1 (16 oz.) pkg. coleslaw mix
2-3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded*
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
8 green onions, thinly sliced
1 red sweet pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow sweet pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup silvered almonds
2 pkgs (3 oz. each) Ramen noodles-Chicken flavor (Reserve one of the seasoning packets and save the other for another use.)

For the dressing:
1/4 cup rice vinegar
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2 tsp honey
1 seasoning packet from the Ramen noodles
1-2 tsp chili-garlic sauce
1/2 cup olive oil

Combine the first six salad ingredients (coleslaw mix thru peppers) in a large bowl.  Stir to blend. 
Break the Ramen noodles apart and toast them, along with the slivered almonds, in the oven or in a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Cool and store separately until ready to serve the salad.

In a blender, mix the dressing ingredients until smooth and well blended.
Pour about 1/2 of the dressing over the salad mixture and toss to coat.  I let the salad chill for a couple hours at this point, but serving it right away with the additional dressing on the side is a fine option.  Top with the toasted noodles and nuts.

*I cooked my chicken breasts in the slow cooker, along with a ginger-lime marinade and a few splashes of chicken broth.  I can see rotisserie chicken being an alternative though, if you're pressed for time.

This post is linked to:  Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesday
These Chicks Cooked
Cast Party Wednesday
What's Cooking Wednesday
Fun With Food Friday


Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos said...

This looks delicious! I love Asian flavors...can't wait to try this!

Lisa~~ said...

Thanks for giving my recipe a try and I like that you spiced it up and the change in the vinegar, I'll have to give your version a go next time I make it. Now I'm off to check out the recipes on your blog.

Cook Lisa Cook

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

What a great recipe! Would you come over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" and share some of your recipes?
I hope to see you there!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I just commented that I was going to follow you, but your "Follow" button isn't loading. No worries though, you can count me in as a follower. I'll be back soon :)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thank you for the great recipe. I really like to learn to make chicken dishes in new ways. Chicken is my families favorite meat.
New follower from What's cooking Wednesday.
Hope you follow back.

Emily said...

thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday! Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your recipe next Tuesday! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...


Lisa said...

What a yummy sounding salad. I love it when things are spiced up.

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

Thanks for linking up your recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back tomorrow and share some more of your awesome recipes!
I hope to see you there!

Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

This looks delicious!! I could definitely go for this right now.

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