Asian Chicken Salad

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Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Crunchy vegetables and tender chicken breasts tossed in a tangy vinaigrette make a refreshing main-dish salad. If you poach the chicken yourself, reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid to make the dressing.

Serves 6

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce, (see Ingredient notes)
  • 3 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or reserved chicken-poaching liquid
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 8 cups shredded napa cabbage, (1 small head; see Ingredient notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots, (2-3 medium)
  • 5 radishes, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded skinless cooked chicken, (about 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast) (see Tip)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

To prepare dressing: Combine soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil and chile-garlic sauce in a glass measuring cup; stir to blend. Heat canola oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan; bring to a simmer. Whisk in tahini and broth (or poaching liquid); cook until reduced slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

To prepare salad: Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a small plate to cool.

Step 3

Combine cabbage, carrots, radishes, scallions and chicken in a large shallow bowl. Stir dressing to recombine and drizzle over the salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.


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