Sesame Chicken Salad
Makes 6 servings, 2 cups each
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Ease of Preparation: Moderate
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce,
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tahini paste
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or reserved chicken-poaching liquid
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
8 cups shredded napa cabbage
1 1/2 cups grated carrots, (2-3 medium)
5 radishes, sliced
1/2 cup chopped scallions
3 1/2 cups shredded skinless cooked chicken
1. To prepare dressing: Combine soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil and chile-garlic sauce in a glass measuring cup; stir to blend. Heat canola oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan; bring to a simmer. Whisk in tahini and broth (or poaching liquid); cook until reduced slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool.
2. To prepare salad: Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add sesame seeds and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a small plate to cool.
3. Combine cabbage, carrots, radishes, scallions and chicken in a large shallow bowl. Stir dressing to recombine and drizzle over the salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
Nutritional Notes: per serving: calories 289; fat 14g (sat 2g, mono 7g); cholesterol 64mg; carbohydrate 14g; sodium 518mg; protein 28g; fiber 3g
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (100% daily value), Vitamin C (60% dv).