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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 - inch pieces
2 navel oranges
about 1 - 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 fresh wonton wrappers, cut into 1/4 - inch wide strips
6 cups finely shredded cabbage
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
Spicy soy-ginger dressing (recipe follows)
1 large avocado, cubed
4 green onions (including green tops), sliced diagonally
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

In a 2 to 3 quart pan over high heat, bring about 1 quart water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, then plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

Cut off and discard ends from oranges. Following the curves of the fruit, cut off peel and outer membrane. Slice oranges crosswise into 1/4 - inch thick rounds, then cut these rounds into quarters. Set aside.

Pour the vegetable oil into a 3 to 4 quart pan (the oil should be about 1/2 inch deep) and set over medium-high heat. When oil reaches 350, add wonton strips and fry, stirring, until golden brown on both sides, about 30 seconds total. Lift out with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain.

In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, chicken and asparagus with the dressing. Top with avocado, orange slices and wonton strips, then garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Spicy Soy-Ginger Dressing

2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 - 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian red chile sauce (such as Sriracha)
1 - 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup oil
salt to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk together rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, red chile sauce and grated ginger. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt to taste.

21 comments:

  1. The salad looks gorgeous, but the dressing sounds immensely flavorful. I love that it has one full tablespoon of the srircha. Yum!!

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  2. This looks so good and it is a great take on a Chinese chicken salad! I want to eat some now and can't wait to make it! Love the addition of the avocado! Joni

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  3. That dressing sounds incredible!

    www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  4. This looks delicious! I will be trying this soon :)

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  5. yum, yum, super yum!! I think I am going to have to make this next week!! Or maybe scrap tomos chicken dish and make it tomo!!

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  6. This salad looks wonderful! The dressing sounds so yummy!

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  7. This looks so good, I especially like the spicy part! Good idea with the sriracha!

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  8. this sounds liek agreat one to try, thanks for sharing
    Helen

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  9. Sounds fantastic, I will try this for sure!!

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  10. Looks like another winner!! I just bought some asparagus and I have been into homemade dressing lately. This salad sounds like exactly what I need! Thanks!!

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  11. That looks amazing Geri! I love dishes like this!

    xoxo

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  12. Geri, this dish is a winner. I love everything about it, especially the wontons. I love how wontons change the tone of a dish.

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  13. Great salad. In fact this could be a meal in itself.

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  14. Geri, u have an absolutely fantastic salad here,i love everything about it too, its hearty and absolutely delicious ,all at once and love ur combis too..
    cheers and happy sunday dear:-))

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  15. This dish would really pack a punch!! yum!!!

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  16. this is indeed a great one..lovely dressing....

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  17. please link-up to my new WGCW recipe exchange!!

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  18. How are u dear Geri?
    Hoped by to tell ya that am ahving my 1st giveaway ever:-)))

    http://brightmorningstarsfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-1st-sunshine-giveaway-thanxxx-aton.html

    Have a super weekend;-)))

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  19. Govern your thoughts when alone, and your tongue when in company. ....................................................

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  20. I could eat this every day. What a fresh, delicious-looking salad. Thank you.

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