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8.03.2008

Asian Crispy Roast Chicken Salad


I both love and hate salads. A salad really has to rock and capture my attention. Spare me a bland lunch time salad offering. Sometimes the most prep work on ingredients that go into a salad yields a better salad. Otherwise in most cased we have boring, sometimes soggy messes. This morning I woke up not knowing what to so with some chicken in the freezer that I knew would have to me my dinner.
I tossed a packet of some Chinese marinating powder I pick up from time to time. Its made with dehydrated shrimp, and spices and really transforms chicken.I totally picked up this tip from Jaden at Steamy Kitchen and am addicted. There are many types of marinaded and seasoning packet ts to find in the aisles of an Asian grocer. The fun part is reading the labels and trying to figure it out . I had half a head of Napa Cabbage and some string beans that needed to used or chucked soon. I parboiled the beans and chilled them with some thinly sliced raw scallions. I also chopped the cabbage and set to chill. I roasted my chicken thighs with skin on a rack over a pan in the oven . This allowed the fat to drip out and yield a crispier skin. When done I let the thighs cool to room temp to settle. I didn't have sesame oil so I improvise a quick taste dressing of 1 part olive oil, 1/2 part sweet chili sauce,and a smidgen of fresh diced ginger. Whisk up and you ready to go. Assemble on a plate or bowl the cold chilled Napa Cabbage, string beans, scallions. Top with sliced chicken with skin. Drizzle with dressing and your set.
Can it say it was delicious?! Maybe not the most healthy because of the use of dark meat and skin, but oh so flavorful and juicy. I don't think this would have worked so well with a boring breast.Play around and see for yourself. The key in the marinade and crispy skin.I am going to submit this one to Jadens contest too. It can be a 15 minute meal if you use store bought rotisserie chicken.

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35 comments:

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

That looks like the perfect summer time meal!!! I love things that we can pull together using what we have!!!

maybelles parents said...

this looks delicious. good luck.

Mary said...

My goodness this looks fabulous! And I think dark meat chicken has way more flavor than a chicken breast.

Heather said...

Haha you really want that camera, don't you? ;)

I love salads, so this is something I would totally make. If you took the components in separate containers, you could take this for a picnic, too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

That skin does look nice and crispy! It all sounds really good together Courtney. I love how you try and use everything up too!

jasmine said...

This looks so amazingly tasty...

And it's making me hungry...

j

The Caked Crusader said...

Chicken skin is the best! I always prefer the thigh to breast as it has so much more flavour and moisture.
Great looking salad!

kellypea said...

Mmmm...looks tasty! I love my Asian market but have to watch going there because then I have to make what I buy! Sometimes I don't know what to do with it. In this warm weather, your dish is perfect.

Luca and Sabrina said...

Tasty and yummy!!! We like salad, every way, everytime! Especially crispy salads! So we have been fallen in love with yours, it's fabulous! Courtney, can you help me? I'm looking for the Caesar Salad recipe, I need to know all the ingredients for the sauce!
Kisses from Sabrina&Luca

Ivy said...

Good luck with that camera. This is really "fast food". Another delicious meal.

kittie said...

This is definitely a salad I could gt excited over - I love the dark meat best too!

Rosie said...

This looks fabulous and chicken skin mmmmmmmm this is one great salad.

Lovely to be back and viewing your wonderful creations coco I have missed you :)

Rosie x

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks amazing! I had a great salad last night at a fave restaurant here - greens dressed with some kind of Thai-inspired dressing, tossed with dried mango, papaya and pineapple strips, sprinkled with crushed peanuts and coconut, mixed with a seaweed salad and topped with very spicy Thai-inspired shrimp. It rocked.

linda said...

I agree that a salad has to rock. And this one rocks ;)

Deborah said...

I did some research a little while back, and thighs (minus the skin!) aren't really that much worse than breasts. According to calorieking.com, a 2.5 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast has 78 calories and 1 gram of fat. A 2.4 oz boneless, skinless chicken thigh has 82 calories and 2.7 grams of fat. I think that the added calories and fat are worth the extra flavor!! And this is one tasty sounding salad!!

Cynthia said...

Want some now!

Laurie said...

This looks really yummy! Even better that it could be prepared in 15 minutes!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Sometimes, one needs chicken skin! The salad looks wonderful.

Kevin said...

That chicken salad looks really good!

Darius T. Williams said...

I soooo know what you mean about a great salad. I had one last night - it was toooo good.

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

This is one delicious looking salad. The chicken looks crispy and yummee.

We Are Never Full said...

the skin just LOOKS crunchy. wow. how the hell can you read the back of those chinese marinades? i can't! i can't even type it into google translate! good luck in the contest. i'm rooting for you!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i am not a big fan of salads too...but nothing cud go wrong with crispy roast chicken eh? lol

Blog Princess G said...

I much prefer the chicken leg too - so much tastier and juicier! This looks so good! Yum yum...

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks totally yummy! I would love to have that for lunch today!

Emiline said...

Look at this picture!! It's gorgeous!

The salad looks delicious.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Really delicious salad Coco.. You are such a genie!!

Dhanggit said...

im so preparing this dish this weekend!! just the title is already a killer recipe for me :-) thanks glamah!! i love it

~~Louise~~ said...

The salad looks wonderful. I've gotten so use to now eating salad with so many additions. They truly are a meal in themselves...

Chicken is one of my favorites. (especially with the crispy skin. I often crumble it up like bacon bits.) Looks good, another keeper!

Jeanne said...

Mmmmm. I always say the best part of a chicken is the crispy skin :) So I'm definitely a fan of this fresh-sounding salad. Man cannot live by greens alone ;-)

Half Baked said...

I know what you mean about salads. I mean why bother if it's only soso. Your salad looks totally awesome however!

Dharm said...

That looks just so juicy and yummy!

Lori Lynn said...

I agree, I think the dark meat and the crispy skin take it to another level. Looks divine!

Paz said...

Oh, yum!

Paz ;-)

Sophie said...

I'm a big fan of using fruits in savory dishes, this meal looks delicious and so healthy! :)

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