Saturday, November 2, 2013

Asian Chicken Salad

This is one of my favorite meals.  It's beautiful and delicious.  And good for you - as long as you don't drown it in the dressing, which is to die for.

Start with a bed of your favorite greens.   Add some pineapple and mandarin oranges.

Top it with some chicken bites marinated and then cooked in Orange Honey Basil Garlic Glaze. 

Toss it a bit and drizzle a bit of Oriental Salad Dressing on the top.  You can sprinkle sesame seeds on the top, too.   I love those.

It's so good, you'll want more for dessert.  Seriously.

Here are the recipes.

Orange Honey Basil Garlic Glaze
  • 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced in quarters
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Put all the ingredients in a small pot.  Bring to a boil.  Let simmer for a while so the flavors will meld.  Strain out the garlic and basil leaves.  Yield:  2 cups or so.

Chicken Bites in Orange Honey Basil Garlic Glaze
  • 2 chicken breasts cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup of Orange Honey Basil Garlic Glaze
  • Oil for cooking the chicken in
Marinade chicken in glaze for a couple of hours.    Heat the oil in a heavy pan and drop the chicken and glaze in.  Cover for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, then remove the cover and let the chicken brown and the glaze reduce.  You want those tasty crunchies.

Oriental Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup sugar [or less, if you like]
  • 1/4 cup vinegar.  We like our Oriental Spice Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • drizzle of sesame oil
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, ground

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