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

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

10 comments:

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.

Lisa~~
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?
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

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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.
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Hope you follow back.
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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...

yummy!

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!
Thanks,
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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