Whoa, so my blog Facebook page (go head, click the link and give it a like) yelled at me and told me I hadn’t posted in a while. So gosh darn it I’m posting…I don’t like being yelled at by Facebook.
Just like everyone else we’ve been doing the Christmas, family time, and the New Years thing. We enjoyed a lovely Christmas at my sister in laws and returned home the Monday after. Tuesday – Friday I stayed home with the boys and we filled our days with the park, and breaking in all the new toys Santa brought. Then friends come into town for three days over New Years and like the rest of world we are seriously struggling getting back into the grove of work and school this week, but admittedly the routine feels nice again.
In the middle of all that one of my besties had a little girl. Her water actually broke in my kitchen, how cool is that! Some people might not think that’s cool but I thought it was pretty cool. The part where she grabbed my hand and said “oh my gosh Mel, FEEL, I think my water broke” Not so cool. hahaha, no really we could not be more overjoyed for them and their sweet new baby girl!!
Alright onto the salad. We LOVE this salad. It started as a copy cat Applebee’s type Oriental Chicken Salad but over the years Hunter has made it 100% his recipe and 100% delicious!! I had never thought about bringing it as a meal for a new Mom but being my girlfriends favorite it was a no brainer and it worked out ridiculously well. We packaged the fresh washed lettuce and cabbage, sliced cooked chicken breast and home made dressing all in separate tupperware and then just game them asian noodles, craisins, and cans of mandarin oranges on the side. So really they had all the pieces to assemble the salad whenever they wished.
Fits right into your New Years diet too now doesn’t it?? Enjoy! xo
♦Oriental Chicken Salad♦
Chinese 5 spice seasoning
3 large or 4 small boneless breasts
1 head Napa cabbage shredded
1/2 head Red cabbage shredded
3 heads Romaine lettuce chopped
4-5 Green onions sliced, white and green parts.
1 bunch Cilantro, rough chopped
2 small cans Mandarin oranges, drained
Dried cherries or cranberries
Chow mien or rice noodles
Slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 C fine dice shallots (sweet onion will work but not as good)
2 T prepared horseradish
1 T mustard powder
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canola oil
For dressing, process all ingredients except oil in processor. Put mixture in another bowl or container and slowly whisk in oil. Add salt and pepper, more horseradish to taste.
Salt and pepper chicken, sprinkle with Chinese 5 spice. Pan sauté white chicken breast till done and browned. Set aside to rest and then thin slice against grain.
Put Napa, red, and romaine lettuce in large bowl. Add green onion (can sub thin slice red onion for green) and cilantro. Toss with dressing. Plate, add oranges, craisins, noodles and toasted almonds. Top with thin slices of chicken.