Asian Chicken Salad

I had a great weekend in Chicago with Katie, I have a restaurant review or two I’ll post later this week but I want to share a great recipe for nights you don’t want to make dinner!!

What to make for dinner when you don’t want to make dinner?  This is an easy, healthy dinner that can be ready in just a few minutes.  I try to get a few things together on Sunday to have handy for quick dinners later in the week and one of the easiest and most versatile things to have in the refrigerator is cooked chicken breast.  It’s as simple as tossing 2 or 3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts onto a baking sheet and sprinkling with salt and pepper.  Pop in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Once they cool, I either pack them away in the refrigerator as they are or I use an electric knife to get nice even slices of chicken, ready for salads or sandwiches in a minute.  Another easy way to have chicken on hand is to stop by your local grocery or deli and pick up a rotisserie chicken.  They are so nice to slice for sandwiches and salads too.

Here’s a salad I’ve made a couple times in the last few weeks.  It works as a dinner salad minus the chicken or makes a complete meal with the chicken.  I just tried Paul Newman’s Low Fat Asian and it is great, 2 tablespoons have just 35 calories and incredible flavor.  So this recipe isn’t really about cooking, it’s really just about assembling the ingredients and enjoying an easy healthy dinner at home.  This is great with whatever lettuce or greens you have on hand.  Spinach, baby greens, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce or head lettuce or a combination of lettuces works well to make this salad a regular on your dinner table.  Alternately, you could add a bit of each of the ingredients to a dinner plate and make an Asian salad for one.

½ head iceberg lettuce or 6 ounce bag of spinach or baby greens or similar amount or romaine or leaf lettuce

2 cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced

2 or 3 green onions, chopped

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained or medium naval orange, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoon peanuts or cashews

2 tablespoons chow Mein noodles

Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl.  Toss with Newman’s Low Fat Asian or bottled Asian dressing of choice.


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