Monday, April 20, 2009

Thai-Style Chicken Salad

Yes please. You can bet I'm making this with a ready to go rotisserie chicken. I'm also envisioning little wraps with butter lettuce leaves as the wrapper. Yum.

Thai-Style Chicken Salad
Serves 6

3 - 3 1/2 pound whole chicken
Table salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup fresh lime juice from 3 to 4 limes
2 tablespoons water
3 small cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
1/2 medium cucumber , peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 inch by 1/4-inch matchsticks (about 1 cup)
1 medium carrot , peeled and grated on large holes of box grater (about 1/2 cup)
4 scallions , white and green parts, sliced thin
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup chopped toasted peanuts
bag of mixed greens or butter lettuce leaves if you're doing wraps

1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Roast in a 375-degree oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165 to 170 degrees, about 1 hour, 10 minutes. When cool, pull the meat off the bones in 2-inch shreds, discarding fat and sinew. Reserve 5 cups for this recipe; set the rest aside for another use. (The chicken can be roasted, shredded, and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
* cough * rotisserie chicken

2. Puree oil, peanut butter, lime juice, water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes in blender until combined. Transfer to large bowl. (Dressing may be made ahead of time, covered, and refrigerated overnight. Whisk to recombine before using.)

3. Add cucumber, carrot, scallions, and cilantro to vinaigrette; toss to combine. Add chicken and toss gently to combine; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve immediately on top of a bed of greens.
** Do not dress warm chicken - use cool or room temp chicken or it will absorb too much of the dressing.

1 comment:

Shannon said...

This sounds quite tasty, I might have to give it a go. :)
Thank you Jenn!