Thursday, November 18, 2010

Asian Ginger Chicken Salad With Crispy Wontons

I'm taking a break from my impassioned, but somewhat frenzied dusting to bring you this delicious recipe.

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This salad is inspired by Panera Bread's Asian Chicken Salad, which I had a few weeks ago and just fell in love with.  I knew I had to try and recreate it at home.  It's light and refreshing, and just the kind of meal you might want to fill in with between those heavy holiday eatings. 

-I keep fresh ginger in my freezer, then use my microplane to grate it.  I just don't use fresh ginger enough to keep it in my fridge, so I have to freeze it.  It works great like this.

-I like to mix up only as much of this salad as we're going to eat at one setting.  The wontons will get soggy otherwise.

-I store my baked wontons in an airtight container at room temperature and they stay really crisp.

-Toasted almonds would be great in this, too.  Panera Bread has almonds in theirs.

-The measurements are imprecise except for the dressing.  Use as much or as little lettuce, onion, chicken and wontons as you'd like.

Asian Ginger Chicken Salad with Crispy Wontons


2 tablespoons lime juice

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

3 heaping tablespoons freshly grated ginger

2 minced garlic cloves or 2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

12 wonton wraps

Nonstick cooking spray

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

About 6-8 cups of chopped romaine lettuce

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

Place all ingredients for the dressing in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well. 

Place the chicken in a zip lock freezer bag and add about 1/4 of the dressing; close bag and squeeze to coat chicken.  Marinate in refrigerator for about 2 hours.  Store remaining dressing in fridge until needed.

Cut wontons in half diagonally.  Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and lay wontons in a single layer.  Spray with cooking spray, then sprinkle with a small amount of kosher salt and the sesame seeds.  Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Grill chicken on a grill or in a grill pan until done.  Thinly slice.

Place the lettuce and onions in a bowl and add the chicken.  Break up about 3/4 of the wontons and add to the salad.  Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat.  Serve with remaining unbroken wontons.
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