Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Chicken Mango Salad

This is a perfect lunch or dinner. Warm chicken is served on top of tender greens and fresh fruit. 

You will need: (for two people)
  • 2 small chicken breasts - chopped into small cubes or slices 
  • 1 small onion - grated or chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic - chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger (I always freeze a chunk and grate it frozen - lasts forever!)
  • 1/2 jalapeno chili grated (I always fresh chilies too! -grate from frozen - lasts forever!)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning 
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon - juiced
  • 5 oz pkg of your favourite tender salad greens/mix
  • 1 mango - peeled and  cubed in small chunks and then leaving one half to be sliced
  • 1 tomato cut into chunks or slices
  • handful of blackberries or blueberries
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp pear or apple vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce

Step 1: slice and then cut chicken into small cubes. Place in a small bowl.

Step 2: I grate the onion and if you have any little chunks left just chop fine. Chop garlic.

Step 3: grate fresh or frozen ginger, grate jalapeno pepper, add Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Let marinate up to a few hours or cook immediately.

Step 4: chop tomatoes and mango and prepare your dressing in a small jar. I add all the dressing ingredients and shake. Put the dressing on the salad at the last minute before serving. 

Step 5: just before cooking chicken add lemon juice and mix.

Step 6: add a few tbsp of good quality extra virgin olive oil to a hot saute pan and cook chicken until all the water evaporates and the chicken starts to brown. This may take 10-15 minutes.

Step 7: once chicken is cooked add mango chunks and cook a few more minutes just to heat mango. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary

Step 8: add mixed salad greens to tomatoes and toss (you could also add some white or spring onions) with some of your salad dressing (you may not use it all- keeps in the fridge for a few days)
Toss with your fingers and plate. I then add a few blackberries and the slices of mango to make it all look pretty!

Note: you could top with some sesame seeds or a drizzle more of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

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