Thursday, June 24, 2010

Asian Chicken Salad

Holy frijoles, it is hot, hot, HOT here!  Two new words have been introduced to my vocabulary since moving to the East Coast....heat index.  Because I feel like a slug when it this hot, I look for easy, preferably NON-cooking foods for dinner as often as I can.  This recipe completely totally rocks that bill.  Another great thing about this recipe is that it uses about 1/2 of a chicken.  Guess what else uses 1/2 a chicken??  Hot Hoagies!  So, either bake a chicken or take a little help from the store and get a rotisserie chicken then you can do as I did and have Hot Hoagies one night and this gem the next.  I think this recipe would also be FABULOUS with some mandarin oranges thrown in.  Give it a try, let me know what you think, and stay cool my friends!

  • 1 package (3 ounces) oriental-flavor ramen noodle soup mix
  • ½ cup pre-sliced almonds
  • Red Wine Asian Vinaigrette, recipe below, use entire amount
  • 1/2 package (whole bag is 14-16 ounces) coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw mix
  • 1 package romaine lettuce (10 ounces)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 2 scallions, both white and light green parts, chopped

Homemade Red Wine Asian Vinaigrette:
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Ramen noodles Oriental flavor seasoning packet
Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together or place in jar and shake.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Break up the ramen noodles with your hands and place them and the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the noodles and almonds turn light brown, 7 - 9 minutes. Watch carefully so they don't burn.

Meanwhile, Make the salad dressing below and set aside. Place the slaw mix, romaine lettuce, chicken, cilantro and scallions in a large serving bowl.

Toss to combine the ingredients well. Just before serving, pour the salad dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Scatter the toasted almonds and noodles on top and serve.

Recipe Source:  The Dinner Doctor

This recipe has been linked up at:
Mommy's Kitchen Sunday Potluck
Eat at Home