Chicken Salad with Peanut Ginger Sauce RecipeServes: Makes salads
Cooking Time: 10 to 15 minutes

With bright flavours, this chicken salad provides nutritious and satisfying protein in every bite. 



2-inch (5-cm) ginger, peeled and sliced

3 garlic cloves, sliced

½ tsp (2 mL) dried chili flakes

½ tsp (2 mL) sea salt, or to taste

⅓ cup (75 mL) rice vinegar

3 tbsp (45 mL) peanut butter

3 tbsp (45 mL) sugar

¼ cup (60 mL) orange juice

3 tbsp (45 mL) soy sauce

¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable oil

¼ tsp (1 mL) peanut oil

3 tbsp (45 mL) sesame oil

Chicken Salad:

2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

½ head of iceberg lettuce, shredded

2 cups (500 mL) mesclun mix

¼ cup (60 mL) shredded red cabbage

¼ cup (60 mL) jicama, julienned

¼ cup (60 mL) shredded carrots

¼ cup (60 mL) red onion, thinly sliced

½ cup (125 mL) chopped cilantro and/or fresh basil leaves

½ cup (125 mL) roasted whole peanuts


Place the dressing ingredients except for the peanut and sesame oil in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the peanut oil and sesame oil and blend for another five seconds. Remove and set aside until ready to use.

Combine all the salad ingredients and half of the peanuts in a mixing bowl. Add the dressing, starting with about 3 tablespoons. Toss gently, adding more dressing as needed. Transfer to a platter and garnish with the remaining peanuts.


Tip: This salad dressing also makes a delicious marinade for chicken or shrimp.


Per serving: 736 calories, 52.9 g protein, 41.5 g fat, 48.9 g carbohydrates, 38.7 mg cholesterol, 921 mg sodium

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