I never liked those traditional chicken salads. They always were drowning in mayo and the chicken never had any flavor because it was poached. Yuck! However, I was so impressed with how well the flavors combined in my crab cakes, I decided to try something like this with chicken salad. It was AMAZING! So flavorful and fresh! My fiance' and I practically ate the whole thing with pita chips. I barely put any mayo in it so it really wasn't very bad for me. I still have some Greek chicken left over, so I just took the skin off of the chicken breast and used that.
Now, there is one little pain in the butt about this salad: the veggies must be cut really small. This is where your knife skills come in really handy. I came up with a few easy ways to chop the vegetables to make them small and most importantly get it done fast! *Clearly you can tell from this blog that I am no longer in my vegetarian mode. However, I will try to make this dish with firm tofu next time. The chicken really didn't give it that much flavor, more texture if anything. Plus, the protein in tofu is much better!*
Thai Chicken Salad
1 chicken breast (grilled, leftover, rotisserie, poached etc) 1/2 red onion, small dice 1 small red pepper, small dice 1 small yellow pepper, small dice 1 handful cilantro, finely chopped 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce 1/4 teaspoon chili garlic paste 2 tablespoons mayonnaise salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop up all your veggies. Here is the best way to chop any type of pepper. -Make sure that you flatten out the pepper with the back of your knife. The flatter it is, the easier it will be to make nice thin -Slice nice thin strips. -Turn the strips the other way and cut into dice. There! Now we can move onto step 2. 2. Chop your chicken finely. Slice it in half first so that it is thin and then repeat the same steps as above to get the chicken small. 3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. 4. Season to taste and serve with your favorite roll, chips or crackers!
*See this stuff is good even our kitty Mika wants some :) *
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
But those aren't the flavors. That'd make too much sense. Apple and pear, according to Dr. Phil, are body types the bars are made for. Hey, I've got some advice. If you look like an apple or a pear, eat an apple or a pear! [On Dr. Phil's energy bars. ~Lewis Black