Joy luck salad

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
8 ounces Fresh spinach, thoroughly
Washed and drained and torn
In bite-size pieces
½ Red bell pepper, seeded, cut
In thin strips
3 ounces Mandarin orange segments,
Canned or fresh
Peel of 1 orange, cut in
Thin strips, orange part
Only
2 tablespoons Pickled ginger
1 Sesame Chicken Breast, cut
In 2-inch long strips
(recipe follows)
Thai Peanut Dressing (recipe
Follows)

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl; coat salad lightly with dressing. Makes 2 servings.

SESAME CHICKEN BREAST: In small bowl, combine 1 cup toasted sesame seeds, 1 cup bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt. In separate small bowl, combine 2 eggs and ¼ cup water. Place about ¼ cup flour in another bowl.

Cut the breast (both halves) into 2-inch-long strips. Dredge in flour and shake off excess. Dredge strips in egg wash, then in sesame mixture.

Heat ¼ inch of canola oil in skillet over medium heat. Drop chicken in with care; turn when first side is golden, about 2 minutes.

Chicken is done when springy to the touch or shows no trace of pink when cut.

THAI PEANUT DRESSING: With a hand blender or food processor, puree 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sambal chile sauce (available at Asian groceries and some upscale supermarkets), 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon dry mustard. With machine running, slowly add in 2 tablespoons sesame oil and 2 tablespoons olive oil to form an emulsion. Hand-whisk in 1 tablespoon choppe cilantro.

Per serving: Calories 1,044 Fat 70g Cholesterol 179 me Sodium 2,049 me Percent calories from fat 58%

Source: Dream Cafe and Bakery by Chef Betty Johnston Dallas Morning News 9/25/96 Typos by Bobbie Beers

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