Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

I am a big fan of salad and I LOVE salads filled with lots of goodies. This is the only way I’ve been able to convince my husband that eating only a salad for dinner is ok! I make a lot of Asian themed salads and a peanut dressing is one of my favorites! This can be a kid friendly meal if you don’t make the peanut sauce too spicy. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and give your kid a bowl of peanut sauce! You could also omit the lettuce and make this a pasta salad. I would double the sauce recipe if using it as a cold noodle salad.

 

Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (shredded – leaves you enough for the kids to have without the sauce.)
  2. 1 head of iceberg lettuce (but you could really use any sort of lettuce – it’s what I had on hand)
  3. 1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  4. 2 green onions, sliced on a diagonal
  5. ½ cup peanuts (I used honey roasted) chopped or whole
  6. handful of cilantro
  7. low mein noodles, tortilla chips or crunchy wontons – something to add a little crunch
Dressing
  1. 2 tsp fresh ginger
  2. 3 tsp lime juice
  3. 3 tbsp soy sauce
  4. 2 tbsp olive oil
  5. ¼ tsp sesame oil
  6. chili oil* (optional – just a dash to add enough spice – without – kids might like sauce)
  7. 3 tsp sugar
  8. 2 tbsp peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Serves 4
  2. Do-Ahead Strategies
  3. 1. Poach the chicken – boil in salted water or chicken broth for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from water – let cool. Shred. Refrigerate until assembling the salad.
  4. 2. Slice the red pepper. Set aside.
  5. 3. Slice green onions. Set aside.
  6. 4. For the dressing: Mix all the dressing ingredients except for the peanut butter. Add the dressing and peanut butter to small frying pan – heat over low heat whisking frequently to melt the peanut butter. Once smooth, set aside. Adjust taste with salt and pepper, add more sugar if not sweet enough. Before serving – if it’s too thick, add a tbsp or two of water to thin it out.
  7. Recipe
  8. 1. Chop lettuce and place in a large salad bowl. Add peppers, onions, and peanuts. Add tortilla chips or whatever crunch you decided on. Add handful of cilantro
  9. 2. Top with shredded chicken.
  10. 3. Dress salad – using more dressing on the side if necessary.
  11. 4. Serve! Great salad served alone!
  12. Serving Suggestions
  13. The peanut dressing is very versatile. It could be used as a dipping sauce with chicken skewers.
  14. Mix angel hair pasta with cucumbers, carrots, chicken, and sauce.
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Ingredients:

Salad
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (shredded – leaves you enough for the kids to have without the sauce.)
1 head of iceberg lettuce (but you could really use any sort of lettuce – it’s what I had on hand)
1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
2 green onions, sliced on a diagonal
½ cup peanuts (I used honey roasted) chopped or whole
handful of cilantro
low mein noodles, tortilla chips or crunchy wontons – something to add a little crunch

Dressing:
2 tsp fresh ginger
3 tsp lime juice
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp sesame oil
chili oil* (optional – just a dash to add enough spice – without – kids might like sauce)
3 tsp sugar
2 tbsp peanut butter

Serves 4

Do-Ahead Strategies

1. Poach the chicken – boil in salted water or chicken broth for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from water – let cool. Shred. Refrigerate until assembling the salad.

2. Slice the red pepper. Set aside.

3. Slice green onions. Set aside.

4.  For the dressing: Mix all the dressing ingredients except for the peanut butter. Add the dressing and peanut butter to small frying pan – heat over low heat whisking frequently to melt the peanut butter.  Once smooth, set aside. Adjust taste with salt and pepper, add more sugar if not sweet enough. Before serving – if it’s too thick, add a tbsp or two of water to thin it out.

Recipe

1.  Chop lettuce and place in a large salad bowl. Add peppers, onions, and peanuts.  Add tortilla chips or whatever crunch you decided on. Add handful of cilantro

2. Top with shredded chicken.

3.  Dress salad – using more dressing on the side if necessary.

4. Serve! Great salad served alone!

Serving Suggestions

The peanut dressing is very versatile. It could be used as a dipping sauce with chicken skewers.

Mix angel hair pasta with cucumbers, carrots, chicken, and sauce.

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